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Hackers taking over latest Mario Kart Wii tournament

339w ago - The newest Mario Kart Wii tournament went live a few days ago, but unfortunately, some participants took it upon themselves to hack their way to the top. Two racers have submitted ludicrous times - 0.004 and 0.609 seconds.

Immediately upon looking at these results, one would quickly surmise that the results would not have been able to have been achieved through ethical means. Also, one of the hackers has gone so far as to dawn the name "ihack@you."

This is not the first time the Mario Kart Wii online system has been hacked. Previously, people began to exploit the Time Trials system to earn impossible times.

Nintendo was able to root out and take care of cheaters, so it is expected that Nintendo will take similar action with this latest issue.

Latest Nintendo Wii D2E drive unlocked already!

344w ago - The folks at Wasabi have confirmed that their method already works on the newly released "D2E" drives found in the latest Nintendo Wii consoles.

After dumping the firmware, they found the D2E firmware was created on 12th February 2008 while the Diagrams for Wasabi were released on 19th February - Wii and GC backups are also confirmed to be running.

To quote: Did you hear about the new D2E drive? We've only got a couple of reports of those drives seen in the wild so you don't need to worry about them yet, but they have been spotted at different places. They are the successors of D2C2 drives and the the curious may be wondering if this new drive is a reaction to Wasabi's 9-wire patching method.

There's one way to know for sure, that is dumping the firmware and look at the build date to see if it was created before or after Wasabi diagrams (below).

So D2E firmware was created on the 12th of February 2008. Wasabi diagrams were released on the 19th of February... Do we really need to say more?

Update: Wii and GC backups are now running

2.40 In-Game XMB Music Access revealed in latest PSBlog update?

345w ago - The latest Official PlayStation Blog entry may have revealed In-Game XMB Music Access, relating to the ongoing question that is "In-Game XMB Access - Will it have Music?"

On the PlayStation Blog, it lists the Burnout Paradise patch update content. To quote:

Plus heaps more, including:
- 1080i support for PlayStation 3 owners with "almost HD" sets
- Improved Standard Definition rendering for PlayStation 3
- Support for Custom Soundtracks on PlayStation 3

One thing stood out from the others.. "Support for Custom Soundtracks on PlayStation 3"

This could mean a couple of things, either each game will have it's own in game custom soundtracks, or Sony have succeeded in making In-Game XMB Music possible by just having the developer update the game to make the game compatible with the PS3's system & settings.

Of course I could be wrong, but I try to stick to the optimistic, rumor boosting, speculative side. My verdict? Yeah, it will. 2.40 will add In-Game XMB Music accessible through a PS3 version music player.

Rumor: New Ratchet & Clank Title Slated for PSN

348w ago - It has yet to be officially announced, but apparently it's real. A logo for an all-new Ratchet offering entitled "Ratchet & Clank: En Busca del Tesoro," which roughly translates to "In Search of Treasure," has appeared on the pages of the Spanish Web site linked above via Macrike.

Last March, a leaked SCEE PSN release schedule made mention of "Ratchet Quest For Booty." We're inclined to believe that this is the same game.

Now to wait for Insomniac's inevitable announcement. :P

XCM Magic Night Glow PSP Slim Face Plates are here!

351w ago - Following up with our second bit of news from the XCM Team today, enter their new XCM Magic Night Glow PSP Slim Face Plates!

They can change the color of the faceplate to another in the dark as well, and are available in the following colors: Pearl (Glows Green), Yellow (Glows Bright Yellow), Blue (Glows Light Blue), Green (Glows Bright Green), Pink (Glows Light Yellow), and Red (Glows Yellow).

Recharge from energy in natural light during the day, and glows in the dark during the night. The XCM Magic Night Glow PSP Slim Face Plates have a special coating which allows them to absorb light and glow in the dark. Very BRIGHT looking PSP Faceplates indeed!
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