This is a ray of sunshine on this dreary, overcast, Saturday:
The Toki no Okarina URA Project aims to restore BETA elements to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, as well as adding elements of the original URA Zelda to the game, in addition to a little bit of retexturing. Music changes are also a part of the project, and there have even been map ports. Now, there are select locations from Termina which can be found in Hyrule.
Hopefully this works out better than that Mario 64 ‘new’ version from a while back.
No, not like that
Misleading headline note: Sorry, practicing my Kotaku-style headlines like the pros who aren’t really pros because they’re bloggers even though, when it counts (swag, etc.) they are pros so that means…something…I dunno…they’re pros (I think) so they have it all figured out…right?
Actually it’s a PS2 controller on a PSP which is pretty neat because it requires zero hacking to the actual PSP beyond being able to run, um, hacks…on the actual PSP… so…never mind (but it’s still neat!):
The good news is that you don’t have to take apart your PSP to make it work1 , so that’s something, right?
1 Like some of us, because Sony shipped a shoddy, sub-standard (yeah, Sony–big surprise, right?) piece of junk which ‘we’ had to open and fix the crappy dpad that wouldn’t actually go right which, as you may have guessed, is kinda important. (Ken Kutaragi, at the time, insisted this was how it was supposed to work and, like, you’ll play and like it you gaijin whores.) And, yeah, *we’re* still a little bitter about it, though not quite as bitter as The Nerd’s tail of woe involving five PSPs, a stolen ICBM and the wherewithal to use it (he’ll do it! He’s Canadian and they’re…well…milquetoast…and crazy!) which he might recount in the comments and then dupe as a post on his site. Or I might do it, whichever one of us proves to be slightly less lazy…I’m about a 9 on the lazy scale right now, putting me near-comatose/almost dead. (And, yeah, this screed/footnote has a lot more words in it than the actual post so, really, it should have been the post and the video and stuff should have been the footnote, though it really doesn’t work the other way around…what?…Yeah, OK…*swallows meds*.)
A forbidden love, consummated, until their parents get wind of it
Another day, another hack, this time the iPhone is running Google’s Android OS:
David Wong, also known by his hacker name planetbeing, has managed to hack the iPhone allowing the smartphone to run Android.
The video above shows you the whole process from dual-booting the iPhone using OpeniBoot right through to launching and using the Android OS.
Although Wong admits a number of Android-specific drivers are missing, he demonstrates that a lot of the core functionality does work. Web surfing, music playback, sending a SMS message, and actually making a call in Android. He also re-purposed the volume button to make it the Home button in Android due to “a little bit of a button shortage on the iPhone”.
that nosey bitch Mama GOOG probably doesn’t have too much of a problem with this, since the Droid’s potential userbase just exploded providing them with plenty of free marketing until Apple patches the hole up with Spackle1.
1 Yes, Spackle is a proper noun and a registered trademark of the Muralo Company, so those of you that have been using it in Scrabble, up until very recently, have been collecting illicit points! Dad!
Wii wouldn’t want to Vii the owner of this
I’ve been waiting years1 for this day:
Every once in a while, you stumble upon something that nobody else seems to have paid much attention to. This all started with my investigation into a glorious product named the Vii.
I can’t really give a great justification as to why this thing was so damned interesting to me, but it seemed weird and quirky and nobody really knew much about it. I thought it might be fun to try to emulate awesome games such as “Fry Egg” on the real Wii, but didn’t really know where to begin — aside from getting my hands on one. When it finally arrived in the mail from China, I opened it up to find myself faced with a couple of epoxy blobs.
OK, so it isn’t exactly the next coming of the Homebrew Channel (or, even, making LCD sea urchins2) but it’s something else to toy around with until HackMii finally cracks3 the DS, thus freeing me to actually buy a DSiXL since, in Nintendo’s infinite wisdom, they forbid transferring DSiWare between machines.
1 Did I say years? I meant to say “I have nothing to post today so I’ve gotten a little desperate so here’s some info on something you’d never, in a million years, care about.”
2 At least they glow-in-the-dark–what does the Vii do?
3 Yes, hackers do provide valuable services that the original equipment manufacturer intentionally omits.
Next up: New Mario Bros?
This one, apparently, won’t be as faithful due to the inclusion of, uh, color and the lack of Mario Land-specific enemies but, otherwise, it’s looking solid:
Just a “Hobby Project” that im doing at the moment, anyone is welcome to help if they like.
It will be both Mario Land 1 & 2 wrapped into one game, with a couple Wario Land Bonus Stages here and there.
Now of course, not all enemies will be the same, there will obviously have to be “Substitute” enemies, but that’s ok. I’m just looking to have some fun.