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Nintendo released a Firmware update for all 2DS/3DS devices bringing the current firmware version up to 11.6.0-39U.

If you’re already modded with Luma3DS CFW installed then updating to 11.6 is safe in the sense it won’t brick your system, and the mod will still work. And for those of you who had your system hard-modded, fear not, you can always downgrade back to your original firmware (pre-mod) in the worst case scenario.

So while nothing will happen to your homebrew apps or CFW if you update, it’s too early to tell what Nintendo has changed and so updating isn’t really recommended just yet. The exploit used to hardmod the system is in the hardware, so Nintendo can’t patch it, but they can still do other nasty things..


Thoughts on the S/NES Classic Hardware

When the NES Classic was first announced I knew one way or another I was going to put custom games on it. My first thought was to simply replace the NAND. But I had just moved and started a new job and had a lot going on in my life, so I never got around to testing that theory. Now with the upcoming release of the SNES Classic, I’m anxious to see if Nintendo has simply used the same hardware or if not, what changes have been made.

One thing is certain, Nintendo has a bad reputation when it comes to security and cracking down on hacks, so I was positive the system hadn’t been patched. Good news for us! And Cluster has already confirmed that Nintendo has indeed NOT patched the SNES. Even better news!

Ok, now onto the real stuff..

The NES CLASSIC featured 31 Games and featured either a Spansion 512MB SLC NAND flash, TSOP48 / Spansion 4Gbits S34ML04G2 TSOP48 or the alternate Macronix MX30LF4G18AC-TI / IC FLASH 4GBIT 20NS 48TSOP

The SNES CLASSIC only features 21 Games, which total around 22.5MB. About the same size as 200 NES Games.

Contra 3: The Alien Wars
Donkey Kong Country
Final Fantasy 3
Kirby Super Star
Kirby’s Dream Course
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Mega Man X
Secret of Mana
Star Fox
Star Fox 2
Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Super Castlevania 4
Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario World
Super Metroid
Super Punch-Out!
Yoshi’s Island

Along with upgrading the RAM, I’m thinking about upgrading the NAND using a  S34ML08G2 8 Gb, 4-bit ECC, x8 I/O and 3 V VCC
NAND Flash Memory chip (Datasheet). After all, if I can upgrade the NAND on an iPhone, why not the S/NES Classic?


UPDATE 9/27/2017:
It seems my suspicions were correct, Nintendo has used the same hardware from the NES Classic in the SNES Classic with a few minor revisions including the removal of the UART connection.

Themely update for all 3DS/2DS users.

Due to concerns brought forward about the projects now closed source code, I have switched to using the Open Source Fork by ihaveamac. Unfortunately at this time it doesn’t have the update that allows you browse themes directly from the system itself. So for now, you’ll have to continue to get themes from

An update is available for Themely  (1.4.0) that allows you to browse themes directly from your modded handheld. If your system was modded on or after the 23rd of August you already have this update.

You can install the update using the Guide below.
Please note: xDS refers to 3DS, New 3DS, 3DS XL, New 3DS XL, 2DS, and New 2DS XL.

Updating Themely

First visit the Developer Page:

  1. Next launch the FBI application installed on your xDS.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the list and select “Remote Install” > “Scan QR Code”.
  3. Scan the QR Code on the developers page to install.
  4. Launch the app and enjoy the update, it’s that easy!


Broken Links :(

I recently became aware that the site now has several dead or broken links as a result of the domain move, I’m aware of the issue and will be working on fixing many of those over the coming weeks.

– Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Update: As the site will be undergoing a major overhaul there isn’t much point in fixing the broken links. I will fix everything for the new site.

Project Genesis – Prologue

This project is one of many collecting dust that I intend on Finally completing.

Around January or February an advertisement popped up on my computer for this site, kinda of like ThinkGeek, and I noticed they had these Official Sega Genesis USB Hubs on sale. Instantly I thought of putting a Raspberry Pi inside of it (Like everything else lol) with a RetroPie Emulation Setup.

My mind was exploding with ideas! There was a limit to how many you were allowed to buy, so I bought as many as I could knowing full well I would be getting asked to make some for friends, family members, etc. I think I got around 15-20 units.

They arrived a few weeks later (1/2 of the shipment was lost, but turned up 2 weeks later) and I took one of them apart to see what I was dealing with. There was ample space inside, and sure enough even enough room for a Raspberry Pi 3.

I did a Google search to see if anyone else had thought of this before, and I found 1 or 2 results, but didn’t see anything like I envisioned for the system. These people put very little time and effort into theirs, and cut huge sloppy holes for the HDMI. It was clear I wouldn’t find any helpful inspiration here.

Over the months I searched ebay for components I thought would be of use, and as I added to the system new ideas would hit me, and would again be looking for just the right components.  I was also debating on whether to use the Raspberry Pi 3 or the Pi Zero. I was going to use the Pi 3, but then the Pi Zero W came out and I knew this is what I wanted to use in the build.

Finally after months of waiting and prototyping I have built and have up and running, my Sega Genesis Mini. The current setup isn’t final, but it would be great for people who don’t want to dremel out holes in the casing for the Power and HDMI. That’s something I have been putting off, as I refuse to do it if it’s just going to look like crap. I also plan on replacing a few components to lower cost and create a more polished product.

I had originally planed on making use of the Volume Slider which I had a few ideas for, but later decided to just leave it as is for now.

I’ll be making a video showcasing the system, along with how you can build one of your own and I’ll include a list of the parts needed and links to where you can purchase everything. I don’t know how in depth I’ll go in the video, as I really don’t have the patience for video editing, and being someone with OCD, I tend to withhold everything from public view when it’s not up to my high standards. I’m working on it 😛

Stay tuned for that and more shortly as I start my Spring Cleanup and try to complete projects that have been collecting dust since as early as 2003!


If you happened to find yourself in need of Jailbreaking the 1st Generation Apple TV over the last couple years, you might have noticed that ATVUSB-CREATOR is no longer working.

This is because the project contains hard coded links to a domain that no longer exists. That domain is, and the original project developers never bothered updating the links in the project.

I’ve taken on the task of updating the code not only for myself, but for the many others crying out for this tool to be repaired. What I thought was going to be a quick patch, has turned into the realization that there are hard coded links throughout this project, and they’re not the only issues.

The more I sift though the code, the more work I see ahead of me. I have great plans for this tool, and sure you may think it’s old, and it is, but that doesn’t mean people don’t need it anymore.

Stay tuned for project updates and a release in the coming days.


How to change a forgotten password on a MAC

My memory isn’t as glorious as it once was, so this is more of a mental note for my future self. That is if I can remember that I wrote it here…

This will NOT tell you the current password or allow access to the keychain (without decryption). This creates a NEW password.

Let’s begin..

Power on the MAC and immediately press and hold both the CMD and the S Key. This will boot us into a terminal window.

Now type the following commands listed in BOLD:

mount -uw /

cd users


passwd accountname

Now type in your new password, and then again to confirm.


Now login to the account you changed the password for with the new password.
You’ll get a warning about the keychain, if you need to recover any data from the keychain you should ignore it and DO NOT create a new one. You can decrypt the keychain if needed using keychain dumper and view it using DB Browser for SQlite.

Done! – Easy huh?