How to crash Metroid on your 3DS with naughty words

Here's a neat trick you can try with one of your free 3DS NES Ambassador games. A Canadian YouTuber by the name of grandmaster101587458 recently discovered that entering a rather unruly password into the Virtual Console copy of Metroid causes the handheld to break down into stuttering fits of madness. Check out grandmaster's video to learn the magic words that cause the 3DS to lose its shit.

This trick is alleged to be a carry-over from the original NES Metroid's anti-cursing code. Inputting it into other emulations or ports also causes all sorts of tomfoolery from full-out crashes to resets. The effects on the 3DS are temporary. However they are long enough to convince friends you've just bricked their shiny new toy.

Metroid was released today on the 3DS Virtual Console with 10 other NES games as part of Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador program. Read our 'how-to' article to learn how you can download them all, assuming you aren't already knee deep in free video game goodness. 

Sep 1, 2011

Source: via NeoGAF


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  • fadedlinevigil - September 2, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    Stop feeding's just too easy hahaha
  • Peloun - September 1, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    This trick is alleged to be a carry-over from the original NES Metroid's anti-cursing code nes games had such a thing?
  • Defguru7777 - September 1, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    At least GamesRadar didn't use this kind of system to keep us from cursing in the comments. (-_-)
  • IREPMINNEAPOLIS - September 1, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    I agree. @fadedlinevigil: go hop on I think you'd enjoy that MUCH more. We'll take our GR immatureness and love it.
  • jamieleng - September 1, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    Has anyone tried typing in Vita or iPhone? I'm sure they are considered dirty words by Nintendo.
  • jmcgrotty - September 2, 2011 3:52 a.m.

    Actually, the system refuses to recognize anything but "casual users" anymore, to the point of them censoring of obscene words like "core gamers" or "quality" or even "loyal"... I wouldn't be surprised if there was a universally set password of "hi grandma" for all Nintendo platforms for the past 5 years.
  • soranamineforever - September 1, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    Bleh, these games are classics and all, but personally, I'm waiting for the GBA games. Mario 3 > Mario 1 Metroid < Metroid Fusion They probably would've impressed me a lot more if they could get some 3rd party bleep. Mega Man 2, or... Golf?
  • ChiChiRocket - September 1, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    I was hoping for Kirby's Adventure, but Kirby and the Amazing Mirror is a fine game.
  • ParanoidAndroid - September 1, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    Agreed, Mario 3 was one of the few games I really wanted off the NES. Christ, that console has not aged well.
  • jmcgrotty - September 2, 2011 4:03 a.m.

    I just had a HUGE reply here, typed in anger, but it went too far, so I deleted it all before posting. Just know it was vicious. Ill summarize: You're full of it if you think the NES is aging poorly. It is still the best system ever made and the catalogue is just a blast to play with, covering every type of real game you would want to play (I say "real game" beacuse while it doesn't have much of FPS'ers, FPS'ers aren't real games). It's still the only system I keep plugged in all the time and easily the system I have the most carts for (500 different and counting). So, not only has the system NOT "not aged well," it is the most credible platform for gaming, even now. Hope that wasn't too vicious. My original version was waaaaay over the top.
  • jmcgrotty - September 2, 2011 3:56 a.m.

    I'm stuck someplace between stunned and amused. Please tell me you were kidding. Mario 3 better than Mario 1? Hell no. ANY Metroid better than the very first Metroid? Double hell no. These are just rules of natures. Not really debatable. So please, set my mind at ease. You were joking, right? No one would every really feel that way, would they? PLEASE tell me you're joking.
  • Beefcube - September 2, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    Wait, are YOU joking? Isn't it almost universally accepted that SMB3 and Super Metroid are better than the originals? Also, nice job getting angry about someone insulting the NES yet also saying that FPS's aren't real games- because this is the internet, and your opinion is the only right one!
  • mdiaz033 - September 2, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    he's trolling brah. why else would he say something like SMB3 is less than SMB1
  • Beefcube - September 2, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    Haha, yeah, I just read through some of his other posts and I kind of figured.
  • NullG7 - September 1, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    ok nice find but seriously fadedlinevigil, havent you ever heard gamers just wanna have fun?
  • Its_Over_9000! - September 1, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    Awesome! Now I can show my friends that I have a 3DS without looking like a complete fool.
  • fadedlinevigil - September 1, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    Yet another GR 'article' with a high schooler's mentality.
  • ParanoidAndroid - September 1, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Stop visiting the website or following the article jumps, then. Most GR visitors love this website for its informality and childlike nature.
  • cchen04 - September 1, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Yes, a high schooler's mentality exactly. Just the way the readers here like it. If you prefer the whole "gamz is srz bizniz" then you are welcome to go to every other gaming site on the internet which would fit those tastes. Gamesradar's charm is it's own and cannot be found elsewhere.

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