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On November 15th 1997 a playable demo of Pokémon Gold and Silver debuted at Space World '97. This demo was never to be seen again until today. On May 31st 2018 an anonymous person dumped a ROM of the elusive demos, twenty years and six months since it was last playable by the public.
Pokemon Gold and Silver we're originally supposed to be released in 1998, however didn't arrive until November 21 1999 in Japan. With that in mind the final versions of Pokemon Gold and Silver is two years more developed then the Space World 97 Demos, making this an extraordinary find, even more so that it's made it's way to the public.
Discuss on our Pokemon Gold & Silver Space World 97 Demo (Japanese Beta) forum topic
Pokemon Let's go Eevee and Let's go Pikachu have been announced for the Nintendo Switch with Pokemon Go integration. The games look to be a remake of the original GameBoy games, in particular Pokemon Yellow, however played in the style of Pokemon Go.
Instead of running through grass and encountering wild Pokemon that you take on in one-on-one challenges, gamers will swipe at Pokemon with the joycons to catch them, similar to how Pokemon are caught in Pokemon Go with a touch screen.
What's also interesting is Let's go Eevee and Let's go Pikachu look to have a co-op mode, where two people can explore Kanto on one Switch console.
More can be seen in the trailer below:
In my opinion as someone who's really been enjoying Pokemon Go, first impressions from this trailer it look pretty good. Keep in mind this isn't a core Pokemon game, however a spin off. The next core Pokemon game is expected to be released in 2019.
What do you think? Personally I think if you enjoy Pokemon Go this will probably be an interesting spin off to play. With the Pokemon Go integration i'm hoping this allows for Pokemon transferred from Pokemon Go to remain on the Switch if desired, so we have a way to keep all the Pokemon we've caught locally.
The game also looks to have a co-op mode, where two people can explore Kanto on one Nintendo Switch.
Pokemon Let's go Eevee and Let's go Pikachu will be released on November 16th 2018.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Unreal, GoG is giving away Unreal Gold for free.
Unreal is a sci-fi first-person shooter in which you play Prisoner 849, a character aboard the prison space craft Vortex Rikers, which has crashed on the planet Na Pali. It was co-developed by Epic Games (known as Epic MegaGames at the time), Legend Entertainment, and Digital Extremes.
From Unreal came Unreal Tournament, a very popular multiplayer spin off set in the Unreal world. This was a favourite game of the Digiex team back in the day, we used to play online using dialup internet!
As it happens Digiex actually runs an Instagib VCTF server for Unreal Tournament 2004 which has now been online for 10 years, so needless to say we think highly of the Unreal series.
This is certainly a classic worth checking out, especially for free!
View: Unreal Gold on GoG
A few weeks ago EA gave away the Battlefield 1 - They Shall Not Pass DLC and the Battlefield 4 - Dragon's Teeth DLC. From today for the next week EA are now giving away two more Battlefield DLC's.
Battlefield 1 owners can now grab the In the Name of the Tsar expansion while Battlefield 4 owners can claim the Final Stand expansion, both are free for the next week.
Battlefield 1 - In the Name of the Tsar: PC via Origin, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (GB)
Battlefield 4 - Final Stand: PC via Origin, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (GB)
Survival-action game The Flame in the Flood is currently been given away for free on the Humble Store. It can be redeemed on Steam to download for both Windows and OSX.
The Flame and the Flood, it's a cartoon-like survival/action game where you travel by foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river as you scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife, and most importantly stay ahead of the coming rains.
The Flame in the Flood has mostly positive reviews on Steam and can be claimed on the Humble Store for the next two days, at no cost.
Battlefield 1 has had four multiplayer expansions since its release back in 2016, each one bringing new maps, vehicles, weapons, and more to the World War 1 shooter. EA is now giving away the game's very first expansion, They Shall Not Pass, on PC, PS4 and XB1.
EA has also made the Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth expansion free to claim, which adds on four additional maps, new vehicles and more to Battlefield 4.
You can click the links below to download the DLC for free on your platform of choice for the next two weeks.
Battlefield 1 - They Shall Not Pass: PC via Origin, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (GB)
Battlefield 4 - Dragon's Teeth: PC via Origin, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (GB)
Its been known for several months now multiple independent teams had discovered various unpatchable bootrom exploits in the Tegra X1 SoC (system on chip), which is used in the Nintendo switch and various other devices.
Essentially if you have an Nintendo Switch right now its hackable and Nintendo can't do anything to patch it, meaning every Switch out in the wild at present can be hacked regardless of the firmware version it's currently on.
The only way Nintendo can patch this exploit is with a newer hardware revision of the Switch. With that in mind if you want Nintendo Switch hacks in the future, now is the time to pickup a console before new unhackable Switches land in shops.
To get a bit more technical the a big exists in the RCM mode, a USB-based rescue mode intended for initial flashing of Tegra devices and recovery of bricked devices. Normally, RCM mode only allows signed images to be loaded, however thanks to the bug its possible to load your own code from here and have full control over the Nintendo Switch.
For now what has been released is a tethered vulnerability, meaning you need to enter RCM mode and load a USB-based exploit from a PC. However it's already been confirmed in the Fusee Gelee FAQ its perfectly possible to exploit the Switch without been tethered to a PC, this and a lot of other upcoming nice things haven't been release yet.
What is out there at the moment is mainly intended for developers and not the end user. A CFW (custom firmware) for the Nintendo Switch has been in development for several months. This is called Atmosphere and is scheduled to be released "early summer" with a current ETA around June 2018. Based on my understanding of the Fusee Gelee FAQ this is when things will be a lot more accessible for the average end user and we will very likely get an untethered way to launch CFW, Homebrew and Linux.
If any of the above...
New Super Ultimate Injector 3DS is a very useful application that allows you to inject Nes, Snes, GameBoy, GameBoy Colour, GameBoy Advance, Mega Drive, Game Gear and TurbiGrafx 16 roms in to the 3DS, allowing roms of games from these popular classic consoles to be loaded from the 3DS home screen.
This is something which has been possible for a number of years now, however advancements have been made with GBA game injection. Its now possible to inject games which use 128k saves and the RTC (real time clock) such as Pokemon without having to patch the rom to get the game to save.
With that in mind we've published a couple of tutorials to show how easy it is to inject GBA games and games from other classic consoles on to the 3DS.
Nintendo 3DS GBA Game Injection How To - We're mainly looking at this from the prospective of playing your GBA games as the 3DS is capable of playing these natively, without emulation making it a nice modern way to play some old GBA games. However the same principle applies for other past consoles supported by New Super Ultimate Injector 3DS.
3DS GBA Save Backup and Restore - Once you have some GBA games on your 3DS then you might want to restore your save games from an emulator or even a real GBA game cartridge, this tutorial will teach you how to do just that.
So what we're some of your favourite GBA games? it goes without saying the Pokemon game were mine, however I also enjoyed Kuru Kuru Kururin, Jazz Jackrabbit Advance, Mario Kart Super Circuit, Sonic Advance, Mr Driller 2, The Lost Vikings, Tony Hawks 2 and Super Mario Advance 1 & 2.
A homebrew enabler has been released for PS4 consoles on Firmware 4.05 by VVildCard777. The PS4HEN homebrew enabler allows PS4 users on firmware 4.05 to not only launch homebrew applications, but also make use of custom themes and pkg's. As with firmware 1.76 booting a fully working Linux distribution with 3d acceleration is also possible, thanks to the previous work by fail0verflow.
PS4HEN is currently available on VV1LD's GitHub page, with instructions on how to make use of it. Users must first run the 4.05 kernel exploit and inject the payload that way, after that things are as simple as installing homebrew pkg's through Settings > Debug Settings > Game > Package Installer and running it the same as any other game installed on the PS4.
We will likely be updating the Digiex test PS4 from 1.76 to 4.05 to bring some new tutorials for 4.05 based firmware in the near future. Until then you would be wise reading up on how you can block PS4 System Updates and for the more adventurous, exploring VV1LD's GitHub page if you wish to get started right away.
The same principles as our old PS4 1.76 guides apply, so you could read up on our Digiex's PS4 Homebrew Guides to start learning more right now.
18 years, 1 month, 1 week and 1 day ago today on the 8th of December 1999 the Pokemon YOSHIRA Mew distribution took place at Toys R Us stores in the United States. This was one of the first chances Pokemon collectors in the USA had to obtain their very own Mew, a Pokemon that otherwise was not obtainable though normal game play.
This distribution was a direct trade, meaning the Mews were loaded on to a normal Pokemon Red and Blue cartridge and traded to people who attended the event.
Fast forward from 1999 to 2018 we're pleased to announce we have been able to obtain the save game from a Pokemon Red cartridge used for this distribution. Needless to say to do this all these years later is quite an achievement, given that batteries in GameBoy cartridges don't last forever, erasing the savegame forever when they fail.
You can read more about this very rare distribution save game over in the thread dedicated to it: Pokemon Gen 1 YOSHIRA Mew Red Distribution Cart Save Download
We would like to thank Jenn from Reddit for allowing the save to be backed up from her distribution cartridge and Digiex member @Deoxyz for assisting with this and making the save game available to all. Quite the treat given this comes lass then a month after the Pokemon Aura Mew GBA Distribution Cartridge was finally able to be released.
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