Nintendo’s Chinese N64 variant, iQue Player, has finally been hacked after almost fifteen years and in true hackerman fashion, everything was dumped onto the internet.
A total of 15 ROMs were dumped online, alongside the iQue Player SDK. They are:
Wave Race 64
Star Fox 64
Dr. Mario 64
Super Mario 64
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Mainland and Taiwan)
Mario Kart 64
Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Earth
Super Smash Bros.
The Taiwanese localised ROM of Ocarina of Time seems to suggest that at one point, the iQue Player was going to make it to Taiwan.
Today (April 25, 2018), the first iQue Player ROM dump, Starfox 64, came out and is playable on an emulator.
14 years, 5 months, 9 days after the original release.
1 year, 3 months, 26 days after the game was no longer available for purchase. pic.twitter.com/tAiVppu0ya
— Chinese Nintendo (@chinesenintendo) April 25, 2018
Not just that, hackers have also managed to do some home brew on the iQue Player.
First public arbitrary code execution on iQue, made possible by recent releases pic.twitter.com/J9hUwmwIZZ
— ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ shibe fpga ᴇxᴘᴇʀᴛ (@fpga_nugga) April 29, 2018
It was a long wait for the Chinese before such a hack was publically release. Still, it was better late than never.