3DS Homebrew Channel imminent ⊟

French coder Smealum is preparing to release a 3DS Homebrew Channel hack for 3DSes soon! Here’s why this project is awesome:

  • It works on the latest 3DS firmware, unlike previous hacks that require outdated versions from a year and a half ago
  • This will not load commercial or pirated 3DS ROMs, only homebrew applications and games (though it will be able to run emulators like this SNES one for 3DS)
  • It will support North American, European, and Japanese systems
  • While Smealum hasn’t implemented region unlocking yet, he says “playing games from other region[s] should almost definitely be possible” – I expect this will be with imported cartridges, not ROMs

Smealum has previously said that 3DS owners will not need to use a flashcard to get the exploit to work. Much thanks to @gemesisDev for the photo above and to Octopus for the extra info.

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Remember this? The guy who got those images is the same who few days ago ripped the alternate color models of Kalos legendaries: Smealum.
Now, since Diancie has been confirmed, I suppose he earned our trust.
Smealum likes to play with codes, but he never revealed anything about stats or whatever. So, the rumors about Megalatias Dragon/Fairy with Multiscale don’t come from him, and are only rumors.

Those Vivillons seem so cute, and I’d really like to get AZ’s Floette, with that black-n-red flower :3 MegaLati@s seems a bit too anonymous to me, but I really like Hoopa like Diancie. Not totally convinced about Volcanion, but maybe I just have to see it in my own game.


Defeat 3DS region lock with your web browser ⊟

You crazy for this one, Smealum. The 3DS homebrew wizard’s latest trick is Region Three, a method for playing out-of-region 3DS games using no special flashcards, no buggy games… nothing but a file on your SD card and an internet connection. It even works on the latest firmware! (for now)

Aside from reports that the system crashes if you hit the Home button while using it, nobody seems to be having any issues with this cool exploit. I haven’t tried it myself, though, so I can’t say definitively! Try at your own risk, etc. Also, it doesn’t work on New 3DS.

Via Hasney, @nintendotweet.


I have respect for mister Smealum mostly because he stated that he does not wish to share/release his work so as not to “ruin online.”

I’m kind of glad that he gave us a sneak peek at those three other supposed Event pokemon, and the two Megas that we didn’t know about.

regionthree: 3DS-Region-Lock auf aktuellster Firmware umgehen

Smealum hatte schon lange angekündigt, dass er den 3DS-Region-Lock umgehen möchte, nun ist es ihm gelungen: Mithilfe des Gateway Exploits kann nun der 3DS-Region-Lock und Update-Warnungen umgegangen werden!


Regionthree funktioniert auf dem 3DS/3DS XL/2DS (nicht New 3DS!) mit der Firmware 9.0 – 9.4.

So führst du den Loader aus:

  1. Verschiebe die Launcher.dat auf deine SD-Karte
  2. Lege das Spiel ein, dass du spielen willst (regionthree umgeht sogar Update-Warnungen!)
  3. Starte den 3DS und starte die “Download-Spiel” Applikation
  4. Öffne das HOME-Menü (nicht Download-Spiel beenden!) und öffne den Internetbrowser
  5. Besuche  (vorher evtl. Cookies und Verlauf im 3DS-Browser löschen!)
  6. Warte etwas und das Spiel sollte starten

regionthree : 3DS region free game on latest firmware:

— smea (@smealum) January 17, 2015


Let the hacking begin. #3ds #smealum #ninjhax

Here’s what you’ll need to run homebrew on a 3DS ⊟

We now know what game you’ll need to enable homebrew on your 3DS once the long-awaited exploit is released: Cubic Ninja. You can snag a used or new U.S. version for pretty cheap on Amazon right now, and Japanese copies aren’t too expensive either (the game’s also available on the JP eShop).

From what I can gather, the exploit allowing people to run homemade games and apps requires a copy of Cubic Ninja and a special file saved on your 3DS’s SD card. Once you have both, you will be able to install a Homebrew Channel onto a standard or New 3DS, no matter what your firmware. From there, you’ll be able to launch unofficial programs. Please note that this exploit does not support commercial or pirated games at all – the Pokémon and Zelda icons in the photo above are just there as placeholders (they’re actually an FTP app and homebrew first-person shooter Yeti3DS).

French hacker Smealum intends to release the exploit later this week. As you can see in the image above, he’s updated his Minecraft DS project for the 3DS to show off the exploit. It seems like the game and the Homebrew Channel are still a little rough, but these are important first steps toward developing a healthy homebrew community for the system. Thanks, Ubisoft and AQ Interactive, for helping make homebrew on the 3DS possible with Cubic Ninja!

NINJHAX v2.0 (3DS Exploit): Carga Homebrew en FW 9.9.0

NINJHAX v2.0 (3DS Exploit): Carga Homebrew en FW 9.9.0

Smealum, programador de la scene para la consola portátil Nintendo 3DS ha actualizado su 3DS Exploit,conocido como NINJHAX a la versión 2.0. Esta nueva versión soporta el firmware oficial de 3DS más reciente (el 9.9.0); y además tiene soporte para temas personalizados (custom themes).

NINJHAX v2.0 (3DS Exploit): Carga Homebrew en FW 9.9.0

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3DS-Exploit SSSpwn für nächste Woche angeteasert

Smealum hat ein Release-Datum für seinen 3DS-Exploit gefunden und teasert fleißig auf Twitter.

Er ist der bekannteste 3DS-Hacker: Smealum, Entwickler von SSSpwn, dem ersten 3DS-Exploit, der eine Modifikation des 3DS ohne Flashkarte ermöglichen wird (um es gleich vorweg zu greifen: Nein,  “Backups” können nicht abgespielt werden!). Vor langer Zeit angekündigt, dann verschoben und jetzt kurz vor dem Release: Auf einem Bild, welches Smealum auf Twitter gepostet hat, sieht man rechts am Rande des Bildes “ONE MORE WEEK”.


— smea (@smealum) November 14, 2014

Das ist nicht etwas das Datum seines Examens, wie viele denken. Er hat es sogar bestätigt, dass es nicht das Datum des Examens ist, es fällt nur auch rein zufällig auf nächste Woche:

@GizmoKuroko coincidentally, yes, actually.

— smea (@smealum) November 14, 2014

Es mutet auch etwas seltsam an, dass Gateway ausgerechnet jetzt Support für die 3DS-Firmware v9.0 bestätigt.

SSSpwn wird die Firmware 4.0.0-7 bis 9.2.0-20 unterstützen – außer chinesische Regionen. Außerdem werden alle Revisionen des 3DS unterstützt, also auch der 2DS, der 3DS XL und der New 3DS (XL). Außerdem wird ein Spiel zur Ausführung des Exploits benötigt. Mehr Informationen bekommt ihr im WiiDatabase Wiki!

ninjhax 2.0 ya permite cargar homebrew en el firmware 9.9.0 de Nintendo 3DS

Smealum no da tregua a Nintendo ni en pleno mes de julio. Hace unos días la compañía japonesa publicaba una nueva actualización del firmware de Nintendo 3DS, la 9.9.0-26E.

Esa actualización, como tantas otras, tenía como objetivo, detrás del cacareado “mejorar la estabilidad del sistema” y bla bla bla, tapar agujeros de seguridad utilizados por la scene para cargar homebrew.

Era el caso de ninjhax. Pero por suerte, a Smealum le han bastado dos o tres días para hacer compatible su software que permite cargar homebrew en Nintendo 3DS sin necesidad de usar ningún tipo de flashcard.

Ninjhax 2.0 es compatible con todos los modelos de 3DS, 3DS XL y 2DS con firmwares entre el 9.0 y el 9.9.0, el último publicado hace unos días.

Para hacerlo correr solo necesitamos una tarjeta SD compatible y el juego Cubic Ninja, ya sea en formato físico o digital descargado de la eShop. ¿Lo tenemos? Manos a la obra.

Si tenemos el juego, la tarjeta SD y la consola, el siguiente paso es pasarnos por la web que ha creado Smealum para la ocasión, en la que simplemente tendremos que introducir la versión del firmware que tiene en este momento nuestra consola y nos facilitará un código QR que por el momento dejaremos ahí en la pantalla de nuestro ordenador.

Posteriormente tendremos que descargar el Ninjhax Starter Kit y extraerlo todo al directorio raiz de la tarjeta SD.

El siguiente paso es asegurarnos de que la conexión WiFi de la consola está activada y está conectada a internet (este paso es importante). Una vez comprobado, ejecutamos el juego Cubic Ninja, seleccionamos “crear”, luego “QR Code” y finalmente la opción “Scan QR Code”.

Efectivamente, el siguiente paso es escanear el código QR que obtuvimos anteriormente. Eso si, tranquilidad, porque es posible que necesitemos varios intentos hasta que el escaneo sea correcto. Si la consola nos tira un error, lo volvemos a intentar.

Una vez el escaneo ha salido bien simplemente tendremos que seguir los pasos que nos irán indicando en pantalla. Nos dará la opción de no instalar el exploit en nuestros datos guardados de la gamecard, pero no es lo recomendado.

Una vez tengamos el Ninjhax instalado, simplemente tendremos que volver al menú QR Code y se ejecutará automáticamente, y desde ese momento ya podremos cargar código no firmado en nuestra consola. Simplemente tendremos que copiar y pegar las carpetas de las aplicaciones al directorio 3ds/ que Ninjhax ha creado en nuestra tarjeta SD.

Ir al artículo completo: ninjhax 2.0 ya permite cargar homebrew en el firmware 9.9.0 de Nintendo 3DS.

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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Anyone can make their 3DS region free right now ⊟

Provided you have a copy of Cubic Ninja, which is used for this latest exploit by Smealum (the French coder hopes to create a workaround with copies of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D too).

This “regionFOUR” exploit allows you to load 3DS cartridges from any region onto any 3DS system with the latest firmware – that includes 3DSes from North America, 2DSes from Europe, New 3DS XLs from Japan, etc. Even 3DSes dressed up cats, like this one from Tami, support it (get a 3DS cat cover here).

More details and a video showing regionFOUR in action after the break:

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Homebrew 3D Portal DS is out ⊟

Aperture Science, a homebrew project adapting Valve’s Portal series for the DS, is now available to download and play with its first public release. As you’ll see in the “test chamber” footage after the break, this is a totally different beast from StillAliveDS, that awesome 2D homebrew game based on the same series.

This new release comes from Lobo and Smealum – you’ll recognize the latter name from his work on the old but impressive Minecraft DS project. The team admits that Aperture Science is “very buggy and incomplete,” but this release should be “mostly playable” and include 14 stages, plus an on-board level editor.

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What you can do with a hacked 3DS ⊟

You might have heard about someone uncovering Pokémon XY’s hidden legendaries lately, mostly finds from homebrew developer (Aperture Science, Minecraft DS) and 3DS hacker Smealum. He’s done some fun stuff with the custom – and unreleased – firmware he cooked up for his 3DS, too.

While 3DS flashcard makers focus on updates like multi-game support and firmware spoofing to make piracy more convenient (their region-locking circumvention is impressive, though), Smealum has hacked useful non-piracy stuff into his handheld, like the ability to take 3D screenshots from anywhere, including on the system menu and inside any game.

Now that we know it’s possible, I’m extra annoyed that every 3DS game doesn’t have this in-game screenshot ability (the PS Vita has this, by the way). It worked fantastic in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, so why isn’t it in Ace Attorney: Destinies? Why are the only user screenshots in Pokémon XY available from photo spots?

We shouldn’t need to shell out $250+ to get unauthorized capture boards installed just so we can take in-game screenshots of our Pokémon and share them with our friends online.

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The New 3DS hasn’t locked out homebrew ⊟

In this proof of concept video, Smealum demonstrates that his imported New 3DS can still be modified to run his unreleased homebrew launcher. For those of you who haven’t followed these developments, the French coder intended to launch a Homebrew Channel for the original 3DS but delayed the release to ensure its compatibility with Nintendo’s new hardware. His hack is particularly interesting because it’s purportedly incapable of loading pirated 3DS games.

Smealum notes, “Unfortunately, this [demonstration] was the easy part, and getting everything else running will be insanely tedious and take a fair amount of time (a few weeks, by my estimate). So essentially, this is a nice step forward; we’re still on track, and things are looking positive! But we’re not quite there yet, so sit tight.”


Newer 3DSes hacked for homebrew, not piracy ⊟

Up until now, if you wanted to run unauthorized code on a 3DS (e.g. load homebrew, play pirated games, bypass region-locking), you needed to procure a system without any firmware updates newer than v4.5, which released 15 months ago. But in this new video, hacker Smealum demonstrates an exploit he’s uncovered that runs in v6.3 (released six months ago) and potentially current firmware.

While Smealum doesn’t want his work used for piracy, he says that’s not an issue with his SSSpwn exploit, as by it’s nature the hack can’t be used for that:

“It’s the sweet spot that gives us just enough to get awesome homebrew code running in arm11 user mode, but not enough to break the system bad enough to let anyone do whatever the hell they want. As such, I personally have no qualms with releasing the exploit into the wild.”

Smealum hasn’t released it yet, as he doesn’t want to “burn such a nice [vulnerability]” when it’s possible the hack can work with current and even future 3DS firmware. He’s hoping to give other reputable developers/hackers a crack at the exploit, though, so they can create 3DS homebrew dev tools.

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