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Nintendo has high hopes for 3DS anti-piracy tech

It's never a good idea to lay out a challenge for hackers, but according to recent statements from a 3DS event, Nintendo is confident that its anti-piracy features for the 3D handheld are some of the most uncrackable yet.

Speaking at a 3DS presentation in Amsterdam last week, Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton and UK marketing manager James Honeywell commented (albeit carefully) on the state of their anti-piracy features, noting that while they're cautious of saying anything to attract the attention of hackers, that the 3DS will be a tough nut to crack.

"We can't divulge any technical details on that 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,” said Yamton.

In a later chat with CVG, Honeywell said that the overall success of its anti-piracy measures will ultimately rely on how seriously the issue of piracy is dealt with around the globe, and that the he's confident that international laws and policies regarding digital pilfering are finally starting to show some results.

"There's definitely a step change coming and you see it in various countries around the world," noted Honeywell. "People are aware that video games, music and movies make massive contributions to the economies of countries. They need to make sure they start protecting those things.”

Jan 26, 2011

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[Source: CVG]



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18 comments

  • Deathstalker83 - January 27, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    Hey, I want a Red 3ds !!!!
  • ifthisusernameisntreadonthepodcastthekittengetsit - January 27, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    Man I hope my current card will work on the 3DS, seeing as I only bought it to get homebrew and not have to switch cartridges to switch games. Nintendo seems to overestimate how many people buy hacked cards to do the same thing.
  • vekrote - January 27, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    The harder something is, the more brittle it becomes.
  • jmcgrotty - January 27, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    Gamers should protect their lives from Nintendo. That's the bigger danger.
  • ChiefLethal - January 27, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    I heard the 3ds was cracked yesterday.
  • ohms - January 27, 2011 5 a.m.

    I think I heard somethings like this before with the DSi. And, yes, I remembered it was fully cracked within a day it launched.
  • JMAN1156 - January 27, 2011 3:52 a.m.

    I don't even give it a week. An army of hackers are unstoppable, the problem is they do things the developers would never think of.
  • beezn - January 27, 2011 1 a.m.

    I give it a week.
  • Redeater - January 27, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    Remember how companies were supposed to adopt Blu-Ray because of their improved security? My hard drive would say other wise....
  • shawksta - January 26, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    Heh, "Piracy" and you put Captain hook on the 3ds, LOL
  • Pantas - January 26, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    "Tough nut to crack"=pirated games in 1 month after release
  • markshell - January 26, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    In my eyes, having a slot for a SD cards is almost like asking for it. I don't think it will take a lot of time to crack this one.
  • PlainLikeVanilla - January 26, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    The new anti-piracy measure is that if you screw with the system it explodes like a grenade killing everyone within a dozen feet or so.
  • MaxxamusTime - January 26, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    Nintendo should protect there devices from hackers.
  • GameManiac - January 26, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    I could care less.
  • Phoenix4 - January 26, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    It will just get cracked in a day and nintendo will cry.
  • db1331 - January 26, 2011 9:37 p.m.

    The iPhone/PS3 kid will have it hacked in under a week.
  • Fatbot - January 26, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    "It's never a good idea to lay out a challenge for hackers" Seriously, there are going to be even more people trying to do it now just to say they could/did.

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