Japanese retailer says hacking 3DS will brick the device

There are all sorts of anti-piracy measures built into Nintendo's 3DS hardware and its games, but now a retailer in Japan says there's an even stronger deterrent to prevent players from running unauthorized 3DS software.

Used games store Enterking has a notification on its website warning consumers about irreversible consequences if they try to tamper with the device's security features.

"If you use equipment or devices not approved by Nintendo ... [your 3DS] may no longer start," reads the notification, according to a Google translation.

The retailer also notes it will not buy back a 3DS system if it has a record of running "unapproved equipment."

Nintendo hasn't said anything to the public about this specific measure. However, in January, Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton confidently said, "We can't divulge any technical details on [the 3DS's anti-piracy tech] but needless to say this is probably one of our best pieces of equipment in that respect. There are a lot of things we've learnt over time to try and improve the security and protection - not only of our IP but of our third-party publishers' IP as well."

Piracy remains a hot-button issue in the industry elsewhere, as Sony is in the middle of a high-profile legal battle over notorious PS3 hacker George Hotz. With more and more devices launching each year and hacking culture constantly evolving, piracy is not going away anytime soon, so game companies are really pumping up their offensive stance.

The best rule of thumb is and always has been, if you care about warranties and online performance, just use the device the way it was intended, with legal, authorized software (cue the "The More You Know" music).

[Source: Enterking (Google Translation Page)]

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Mar 7, 2011



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  • Triscuitable - March 9, 2011 1:28 a.m.

    Durr, I use my Wii to play ROMs, that isn't bad, is it? Durr darr derp. But seriously, this is like ANYONE saying "Guys, you people suck at hacking our system, suck it, go cry to mommy, etc., etc."
  • Lionzest7 - March 8, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Give it another week, maybe a month.
  • jmcgrotty - March 8, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Poxus, while you may ultimately be right, I am guessing you are in no position to say what is what with the new system. CelticWhisper, your argument about focusing on a good product and that will win people over is shortsighted. The fact of the matter is that IF there were any people who use it in a non-piracy, fair-use way (hint: There aren't), their numbers are too insignificant to worry about and they deserve to be swept up in the same net as the pirates. And it really frustrates me when anyone brings up "homebrew" as any sort of justification for anything. This is a comprehensive list of EVERY good homebrew project ever deveoped for every video game system: Pretty small list, huh? Of course, the best part is when people say they only want to use a homebrew product to play ROMS and not pirated games. Yet, with very few exceptions, no one uses ROMS in a legal manner, instead using it to play old pirated games
  • genie11 - March 8, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    I think poeple that have to & want to push the envelope on haking or getting imported games or whatever else are idiots that want to brag on how cool they can get away with anything & then cry like babies when they get caught & loose their privilige of having something good. the problem children of the world need to be spanked for those stupidities !!!
  • celticwhisper - March 8, 2011 3:44 a.m.

    Poxuz - There are still those of us out there who do care about control over our hardware - you're not alone. I really wonder how much money manufacturers piss away on anti-fair-use schemes like this that invariably fail, and how much cheaper systems and games would be if they would accept the reality of the pirates, pay attention to the homebrew scene, and consider hiring some of the more gifted indie developers. Microsoft is kinda-sorta on the right track with XNA but I'm thinking more along the lines of Gamepark and Gamepark Holdings, who ship full-blown SDKs with their handhelds and run full open-source firmware. Bundle hard-to-replicate extras with games to entice people to buy, encourage homebrew, adopt a "Pirates? Screw 'em, they're missing out on the real experience anyway" attitude and focus on the customers you know you have. It will build a better experience for paying customers and word of mouth WILL, mark my words, spread and bring in more customers. Being control freaks just runs up your blood pressure when the controls are broken. And they will always be broken. Better to reallocate your investments into something that builds customer goodwill.
  • Shatgan - March 8, 2011 2:49 a.m.

    I guess i'll just wait for a safe R43DS :P
  • PlainLikeVanilla - March 8, 2011 2:12 a.m.

  • Poxuz - March 8, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    Flashcards trick the machine into thinking it's a real game, so I don't see how this will have a major effect on anything except the whole deal with owning your console. Not that it matters to anyone.

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