Maxime from PSP Updates has modded Super Mini Mario into an entirely new game that he calls Super Mini Sonic. The mod is a complete conversion of Mario to Sonic so everything looks like it came from the Sonic world. Maxime has created not one, but two versions of this mod. One for Sonic and one for Shadow.
SCEJ has announced that they will release a core version of the ceramic white PSP to the Japanese market. Previously, the ceramic white PSP was only available in the form of the value pack. For some reason, Sony decided to take a different approach to the design of the packaging. As you can see, its now a bright yellow. Why? Who knows. Maybe they want to catch shopper’s eye with bright colors.
It’s not often that you get a game centered solely on a popular sidekick. I mean you never see anything starring just Robin or Mini Me out there. When the geniuses at Ready at Dawn studios saw the small and sleek PSP, they saw it as the perfect platform for a game starring the wisecracking Ottsel from the Jak series, Daxter.
The story for Daxter takes place between the first and second Jak games for the PS2. Jak was just caught and incarcerated by the crimson guard, and Daxter tries to get him out. In the game fiction you knew that this rescue took 2 years to happen, but the whys were never explained. This game is the why.
In Daxter you take on an extermination job, as Haven City is overrun with both Metalheads and the regular garden variety bugs. You start out the game with only an electro fly swatter, but quickly earn the spray tank that also doubles as a jet pack. Over the course of the game you’ll receive some tank upgrades to unlock other capabilities, but its usage is the same; use the spray to kill bugs or jet yourself over small gaps.
Homebrew fans rejoice! For a new eLoader has been released. The new version is codenamed “Bock” and is a major upgrade to the previous version. What is the new feature you ask? Read Fanjita’s announcement to find out!
Oh come on now, did you really think we’d leave you guys? You do know what day it was yesterday, right?
We’re proud to release the latest version of eLoader, known as “Bock”. The major new feature is, wait for it… automatic WiFi support for homebrew on all firmwares! That means that the wifi hack is now officially a thing of the past, and everyone can look forward to seamless networked homebrew, both infrastructure and ad-hoc.
Massive thanks for the trick to enable wifi support has to go to Chris Swindle, who discovered it while working on the networking for the latest release of the Quake homebrew, which we’ve tested extensively to get working with the eLoader. For those who are wondering, this does not mean that we now have more access to kernel-mode – Chris found a function that allows you to load and initialise the networking libraries from within user-mode.
The other minor feature is that the default menu now caches the list of homebrew on your memory stick, so if it’s less than an hour since the menu last scanned, then it will just load the cached data instead, making it much faster to load the menu if you have a lot of homebrew.
Ethan Hunt is back in action in the next installment of the Mission Impossible series. Mission: Impossible III (written by the one and only J. J. Abrams) is due in theaters on May 5 so why not watch a few PSP formatted trailers beforehand?
Gaming Horizon reports that Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the founder of Q Entertainment, has confirmed that Lumines 2 may be shown at E3 next month. Lumines was named best puzzle game of the year by IGN and best PSP game of the year by GameSpot.
One of the first things I realized about my PSP usage was the need for a decent pair of headphones. I love to play with the sound turned up, but am usually playing in public or around others who would not necessarily like to be disturbed. I had tried a fair number of earbuds and headphones but had been unable to find the perfect pair. When Shure announced that they were introducing a gaming line of their highly regarded and popular sound isolation earphones, I had to get a pair to try out.
I managed to get my hands on a pair of the high-end Shure E3g headphones for testing, and have to say that I’ve been loving them. Retailing for $179US the E3gs are the midrange earphones in Shure’s gaming line. Like most of you, when I first saw the price I didn’t understand why someone would pay $200, or basically the price of their PSP, for a set of headphones. After using them for a couple of weeks now I realize how wrong I’ve been.
Issue 10 of the Xtreme PSP Magazine is now available for download. Issue 10 is packed with over 100 pages of great content including Previews of Worms: Opem Warfare and MLB 2006, reviews of Lemmings and Breath of Fire III. And all the regular content including tutorials, tips and cheats, the latest news, PSP rumors and more… Download it now!
After disappointing sales, movie studios are cutting back on releasing their films on Sony’s proprietary UMD format. Sales of UMD movies were strong when the PSP first came out but the initial novelty wore off and people stopped purchasing them. Retailers such as Wal-Mart are even thinking about dumping the category all together. Currently, Paramount and Image Entertainment have both backed out of the UMD business while several other studios are cutting back on UMD movies releases. The problem: no ones watching movies on their PSPs according to the president of one of the six major movie studios. A more accurate answer would probably be that no one is watching UMD movies on their PSP.
Benjamin Feingold, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, was a big believer in PSP as a movie-watching platform. He still is, even though he concedes retail shelf space for UMD movies is on a sharp decline and his own studio is being “more selective” in choosing movies for UMD release.
Feingold believes the PSP’s biggest drawback as a movie-watching device was the inability to connect the gadget to TV sets for big-screen viewing, “which would have made it more compelling,” as well as the inclusion of memory stick capability.
“I think a lot of people are ripping content and sticking it onto the device rather than purchasing,” he said.
I think that’s exactly right, the UMD format can’t be played on anything besides the PSP so people are simply buying the DVD and ripping it onto their MemorySticks. That way they can watch it on their TVs and PSPs. However, Sony Execs are beginning to discuss with Hollywood studios about making the PSP able to connect TVs. Will this save the UMD movie format? Possibly, but I think a separate UMD player would be more useful.
via Yahoo! News
SCEE has announced a new title from FreeStyleGames titled B-Boy. Essentially, B-Boy is a break dancing simulator where you break dance your way to be the best b-boy out there. The game is being made in collaboration with some real life legendary b-boys such as Crazy Legs and DJ Hooch who will also appear in the game.
Getting to the top means mastering some 800 motion captured moves, and you better practice because you’ll be building up a crew and using the game’s dynamically controlled ‘fighting’ system to face off 40 rivals along the way, including real-world b-boy stars such as Crumbs, Kamel, Hong10, Ivan ‘The Urban Action Figure’, Lillou and Mouse.
via Pocket Gamer