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Category: Hacking / Modding
There are photos of an amazing recent Nintendo 64 hack on the benheck.com forum. Start with an ordinary old Nintendo 64 box, do a little soldering, shrink wrapping and other technical wizardry and voila… a portable N64 dubbed by the creator as the “Nintendo Sixtyfree Lite-R.” A very cool hack, but sadly waaaaaay beyond my technical skills! Can a handheld Wii be far behind?
Check it out here.
Those hard core hackers out there have probably heard of Johnny Lee of the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, but for those of you who don’t, take a look at the below video. He is doing some amazing things with Wii remotes, including using them to create a homemade digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer. Truly remarkable stuff that provides a glimpse into the possibilities for the future of gaming. Here’s his presentation at Ted Talks, an annual summit of some of the brightest minds on the planet:
For more detail on his work, you can go to http://www.johnnylee.net
Last week, Nintendo attempted to kill all of our homebrewing fun with a small update. If you haven’t heard yet, the latest update lets us move a Mii from the Mii Plaza to the Mii Parade directly while killing the Twilight Princess hack at the same time! Awesome! [sarcasm]
Well, the homebrewers didn’t waste too much time getting their precious hack back. Apparently, the guys over at Hackmii found out that the new code was, “targeted at the one Twilight Princess bug that enables homebrew loading.” Then they found bugs in that.
So now, they have made some code that I guess, lets the Twilight Hack load once more. I’m not so much of a Hardcore technical guy so i’m not sure what all that coding stuff means, but if you are into that matter, check out the in-depth analysis: Here. Also, keep checking back to My Wii News, we’ll keep you updated.
A demo of the first Wii ELF loader is now available for download, thanks to a collaborative effort of several people. It takes advantage of the Twilight Princess savegame overflow from a few weeks ago, but now there’s something more substantial for people to try out on their own hardware.
I had thought about doing this with my Wii, but I decided against it. There is no point in me doing other than being able to say that I did. I will wait until it is fully capable of running homebrew code.
You can track the latest Wii homebrew progress at the WiiBrew Wiki. From the looks of the video, these guys are probably very close to a bootstrap file that will load in an arbitrary homebrew application. At least, we hope that they are.