News: Corgi3DS, an LLE 3DS emulator that can boot the Home Menu, revealed and Pingo 2.0 for the PSVita released with 30 new levels!
In the emulation scene, having one emulator per console to which everyone can contribute isn’t a thing for various reasons and as a result, some consoles have dozens of emulators. Recently, there’s been an uptick in Nintendo 3DS emulators and in this article, we’ll be looking at the recent unveiling of Corgi3DS alongside a quick look at a major update to one of the PSVita’s most polished original homebrew games!
Emulation News: Corgi3DS, a N3DS by the author of DobieStation, unveiled
It’s no secret that an emulator with decent compatibility (264 playable games as of today) for the Nintendo 3DS exists and that emulator is Citra, the creators of which are now mostly working on Yuzu which is a Nintendo Switch emulator seeing doing some great progress.
However, Citra focuses more on getting games to work rather than emulating everything perfectly and until a couple of months ago, audio was emulated with code implemented on a per-game basis rather than emulating the actual audio chips.
On the other hand, Corgi3DS is an LLE emulator which focuses on emulating every last bit of the Nintendo 3DS to the point of starting execution from original Boot ROMs, loading the 3DS OS from a NAND dump and even booting to the 3DS’ Home Menu for a fully authentic experience. This emulator, from ‘PSISP‘ who authored DobieStation (a largely unfinished PS2 emulator for Android which can boot some games with inadequate performance), is currently in a pretty early stage since no games actually work, the emulated 3DS OS hangs after a while due to unfinished WiFi card emulation code and speed is horrible. As a result, there’s no way we’ll get the full 3DS experience in an emulator with excellent compatibility any time soon but the progress is pretty promising. If you want that, you might as well spend a few bucks and grab a cheap Nintendo 3DS off eBay or locally!
To learn more about Corgi3DS, check out this Reddit Thread which has lots of information about the emulator from its author and a couple of screenshots. You may also take a look at its GitHub page if you want to take a jab at compiling it. Donation to its author can be done through his Patreon. If you want to emulate the 3DS’ Home Menu on your PC, you should fish around for information on how to do it on Citra as it kind of works on some builds.
PSVita News: Pingo 2.0 released with 30 new levels, 3 new gameplay mechanics, touchscreen navigation and more!
The PlayStation Vita has a pretty good amount of homebrew and even some original homebrew games that are exclusive to the system created by numerous Indie developers.
Among these, we find Pingo by Grzybojad which is a puzzle game with the goal of painting a whole map with the least amount of steps as possible. While this may sound easy, it can get pretty challenging since many levels are designed in a clever ways that force you to think about your next move. Other than being a fun way to pass some time, it also has a high degree of polish and great artwork which was done by Jumbocube.
Now, it has been updated to version 2.0 and this brings along:
- A new world that include 30 levels. These levels come with 3 new gameplay mechanics and a different colour scheme
- Support for custom levels which can be created by robDev’s pingo-edit
- Navigation with the touchscreen which kinda gives it Cut The Rope-esque vibes in the menus
- The Options menu now works;
- This menu can be used to set the volume, enable/disable touch controls and view your stats
- Improved visuals, 4 new music tracks, an easter egg and a credits scene after you beat all the levels
To get Pingo 2.0 on your Vita (which you definitely should do), simply open VHBB and install it since it’s available on VitaDB. Alternatively, you can grab the VPK from this link (report bugs in the Issues tab) and install it via VitaShell. You may also donate to him via Patreon. Unfortunately, there’s no Android/iOS port since I personally think that it would make a great mobile game especially with the updated visuals in this version!
For more news on these scenes, make sure to check out ‘-_Winter_-‘s Play! (PS2 emulator also available on Android) compatibility report and our recent article on a major update to vitaRTCW (Return To Castle Woflenstein).