PSP Hacking: "Hello World" to Mario World in 5 days

Written by Jason Cundall

June 7, 2005 | 19:45

Tags: #hacking #mario #playstation-portable #psp

Jap hackers are a clever bunch. Not only have the oriental backroom boys hacked the PSP, but they went from first principles to dungaree-clad mustachioed plumbers in less than a week!

"Hello World!"

That's the traditional phrase that programmers display when they create their first piece of software for an unfamiliar operating system. Owners of Sony's handheld PSP game system were delighted to hear May 5 that a hacker had managed to write a small program that displayed those words on a PSP. They wondered what would be next.

it turned out, it only took hackers five days to go from "Hello World" to Mario World.

On May 10, sites like PSP Hacker reported that a Japanese hacker known only by the name Mr. Mirakichi had developed a program called RIN that let the PSP play software written for the original black-and-white Nintendo Game Boy system.

More from Wired here.

I'm sure it's all very ironic, playing ancient Nintendo games on the cutting edge handheld from Sony. But why not Sonic? why does it always have to be that bloody Plumber... And anyway, you can only get your fix of black and white platform wackiness if you have early firmware, as the later versions have tightened up security. But I'm sure it's only a matter of time before you're bouncing around like only a dungaree wearing Italianate sprite can...

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