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NinjHax 2.0 beta delivers homebrew, region-free, and custom themes to all Nintendo 3DSes ⊟ 

French coder Smealum has delivered a long-awaited update to NinjHax that allows you to load homebrew software, play cartridges from other regions, and use custom themes for your home screen (check our Smealum’s Calvin and Hobbes theme in the video below). The hack works with 3DSes, New 3DSes, and 2DSes from all regions running any firmware between 9.0-9.9.

You’ll still need a copy of Cubic Ninja from the same region as your system in order to load the hack (using the game’s “Scan QR Code” feature), but Smealum tells us that he intends to eventually start working on an Ocarina of Time 3D exploit in a couple weeks when he has the time. Once again, NinjHax doesn’t allow you to play commercial ROMs/pirated games.

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The Nintendo DS? Yeah, it runs Quake… AND Quake 2? What the fuck?

A homebrew effort, Quake DS manages to run at a surprisingly decent clip, although it’s let down a little by a texture streaming system that takes a little while to kick in and usually leaves explosions looking like a huge white square.

Quake 2, however, is a ridiculous technological feat that requires a RAM cartridge for the GBA slot (like the one that came with Opera’s Nintendo DS Browser) to function. Quake 1 can also use these cartridges for smoother load times and larger maps (and hopefully to keep more textures loaded).

Thanks to fishmech and JaByZki for their submissions!

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The story behind this impressive Snatcher demo for Virtual Boy is touching ⊟

It’s remarkable enough that German coder Thunderstruck ported a working Virtual Boy demo for Hideo Kojima’s cult classic Snatcher on the adventure game’s 25th anniversary of the console –  every image in the game has been converted to stereoscopic 3D for the Virtual Boy, and the port features a dynamic dialog system, PCM music and sound effects, a dynamic inventory system that reacts to people in the room, and more.

Thunderstruck’s motivation behind its creation, though, is bittersweet. The original idea came from another developer, Red Metal, who hoped to make a port of Snatcher for a coding competition at Planet Virtual Boy, but he unfortunately passed away before he could share any work.

“I had never talked to him but from his post I could tell that he was a very nice person,” said Thunderstruck on the Planet VB forum. “I felt like I missed my chance to get to know him. I tried to express that in a post but somehow my words felt meaningless to me.”

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Ofelia Alessandra Carlevari may come across as your average halfling teenager, but behind her Rumeskan Orthodox (think fantasy Catholic) schoolgirl facade resides her Asgardian heritage as the current incarnation of Hel, which grants her necromantic powers, the ability to communicate with spirits, and a bond with the legendary knife Famine and the legendary dish Hunger, which serve as both weapons and wise (albeit somewhat odd) companions, offering strategic advice and knowledge to the young and inexperienced heroine in her self-appointed war against crime, injustice and the untold monstrosities that perpetrate them, humanoid or otherwise.  

Ofelia loves adventure novels, loud music and her mama’s endless repertoire of pasta recipes. She plays defense in her school’s futbol team and dances like a dork when no one’s watching. 

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Symbian OS? Yeah, it runs Quake. Somehow.

A port to the OS used in Nokia’s old line of dumbphones. Wait… wasn’t that also on the NGage? Well, I suppose that machine was kind of an eldrich abomination, so thematically it fits…

Thanks to Shadsy for submitting this!

DIY Labels pt.1 Composition

Hey gang. Today begins the first part in my how to series for making labels for your homebrew.

When I take a look at a lot of homebrew labels (many of which are fantastic) the most common pitfall I see people fall into is not considering how the label will look when on the bottle

Here’s an example of a common “first draft” of a  minimal style label.

Now this has it’s own unique style and you could be tempted to think “awesome! lets print it out!”

However, this doesn’t take into account how the label will look when it’s on the bottle

While it looked nice on paper, when you put it on a 3d shape, it becomes a bit of a jumbled mess, and it doesn’t provide the consumer a good idea of what they’re getting.

Bottle labels when you’re first starting out can feel like a bit of an oxy moron. They’re commonly a horizontal rectangle shape, but what we actually end up seeing is a vertical rectangle. 

Now there are a few ways you can work on this to create a successful label, the first of which is simply have a label only be the size of what you’ll see, a vertical rectangle.

This way, you have all your information in one single view. I highly recommend this for homebrew labels because it looks nice, and gets all the info you want out there for easy viewing

Grogtag is a great resource for creating custom homebrew labels and this is the most common option available on their site.

A second way to go is to think of the label and divide it in thirds.

Here, you can have a larger and bolder label, and still have a concept that looks good on the bottle. Here you can fill a vertical space with your information or illustrations, while still allowing a consumer to get a solid view at a glance.

There’s several ways to go about making your labels, but I hope this provided a good starting point for considering how to design your own.

Stay tuned for the next part - 

Cheers!

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Dandelion Wine

Last year I wrote about how I acquired a recipe for dandelion wine. I posted photos showing how I made my own batch. As it began to ferment I wrote about the importance of passing on recipes

I was told to wait until the dreariest day in March to try it. March came (every day was dreary) and I didn’t uncork any of the bottles. April came and I still hadn’t brought myself to try it. I was excited, but a bigger part of me was worried. I was worried that it would be no good. I wanted to share the wine with people who share their homemade beer and hard cider with me. I felt like finally I had something to give back, but what if it was bad?

After weeks of people calling my bluff, I finally poured myself a glass. My first reaction was that it was ok. After a night in the fridge (and getting some air in the bottle for the first time in a year) it improved. I gave a bottle to my mom. I mixed a little with honey and it almost tasted like whiskey. My mom said she preferred it without the honey though, but very much liked it. Our family friends who brew beer (very well) tried it and liked it. I promised them another bottle (one of them also picked up on notes of whisky, although the other disagreed). 

It did not come out sweet, and I’m pretty sure I know why. The recipe called for a packet of yeast, but it didn’t say what kind. I assumed a brewing yeast, so I used champagne yeast. I was supposed to use baker’s yeast (can you believe it?) though. It means that my batch is much, much drier than the original recipe was meant to be. It’s not a wine for people who like sweet wines, or who don’t like dry wines. It is as dry as it gets. 

Overall I’m happy with how this came out. I pulled off making wine! This year I brewed a couples of gallons of sparkling rose petal wine (kind of indulgent sounding, right?!), but next year I will make another batch of dandy wine, and I will use baker’s yeast. 

If you’ve never tried dandy wine I recommend it. If I had it in me to get serious about wine I would brew country wines because they’re not on the shelf yet. Given the trend in food culture though, I assume it’s only a matter of time. I guess I’m ahead of the curve.

Those blossoms as bright and yellow as the sun make for the richest, honey colored wine good for sipping. Be careful what you call a pesky weed.