[RELEASE] Regionthree: Region Free loader for 3DS/2DS/xl from 9.0~9.4, Sky3DS Users, regionfree!!

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  1. Dartz150
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    https://github.com/smealum/regionthree/

    As the tittle says, this has become a reality.

    ¿What does this mean?

    -Now, we can play any legit cart game regardless the region of both the console or the cart, it will load without any objection.

    -Sky3DS and QQ3DS Users are finally able to load any region ROM now.

    Sky3DS proof (thanks to DjoeN:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Japanese Smash Bros Cart on an EUR 3DS console proof:



    How to use

    • Download Launcher.dat from the repo (or compile it yourself) : https://github.com/smealum/regionthree/raw/master/Launcher.dat
    • Copy Launcher.dat to the root of your SD card
    • Insert the game you want to run into your 3DS and power it up
    • Open the "Download Play" application
    • Hit the home menu button, but do not exit the Download Play application (keep it running in the background)
    • Open the Web Browser applet
    • Go to Gateway's exploit page (not linking directly to it here because not a fan of their whole piracy thing they've got going)
    • Wait a few seconds; screen should turn black and after a bit your game should boot up !
    FAQ

    • Does this work on the latest firmware version ? Yes, 9.4 is supported.
    • Does this work using a Sky3DS or QQ3DS Flashcards? Yes, they will load, but the process is a very random game, because foreign region games for your 3DS will not show their banner; this means that you will need to change the game with the button totally blind, but it will load of course.
    • Does this let me run homebrew and/or roms ? No, it just lets you run legit physical games from other regions.
    • Do I need to connect to the internet every time I want to use this ? Yes, or you can use an Android app that hosts the exploit (php server), there are some here in the temp, such as Go! Android!
    • Do I need a flashcart/game/hardware for this ? No.
    • Will this work on my New 3DS ? No, at the moment this only works on 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS models.
    • Will it ever work on the New 3DS ? Maybe. I don't plan on working on it, like, ever, but the code is out there now so...
    • Will this break or brick my 3DS ? No. There's virtually 0 chance of that happening, all this runs is run of the mill usermode code, nothing dangerous. Nothing unusual is written to your NAND, nothing permanent is done. With that in mind, use at your own risk, I won't take responsibility if something weird does happen.
    • Do you take donations ? No, I do not.
    • How does it work ? See below.
    Technical stuff

    Basically we use GW's entrypoint to get ROP (not code execution, either userland or kernel) under spider (that's what the browser applet is called). From there, we use the GPU DMA vuln to take over the download play application (this is done by overwriting the GSP interrupt handler funcptr table). The download play application has access to the ns:s service (spider does not), and we use that service to launch our out-of-region game.
    For more detail on the webkit/spider exploit, visit http://yifan.lu/2015/01/10/reversing-gateway-ultra-first-stage-part-1/
    For more detail on the GPU DMA exploit, visit http://smealum.net/?p=517
    To build the ROP, use Kingcom's armips assembler https://github.com/Kingcom/armips



    Credits

    • All ROP and code written on this repo written by smealum.
    • ns:s region free booting trick found by yellows8.
    • Neatly packaged spider exploit by Gateway.
    • Bond697, sm, yifanlu for working on the GW payload so I wouldn't have to.
    • Myria for helping with testing.
    https://twitter.com/smealum/
    smealum.net
     


  2. someonewhodied

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    Clicking home button while in ssb 3ds freezes the 3ds when using this exploit
     
  3. shinyquagsire23

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    There's like two other threads on this ;-;
     
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  4. keyra

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    so? another thread?
     
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  6. kaizerJ

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    could this be used to boot into older DS Flashcards that 4.5+ no longer support?
     
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  7. Dartz150
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    I would test but my card is a DSTWO lol

    BTW Just noticed that my predictive keyboard typed "rejoyce" instead of "regionfree" lol. Can a mod fix that? thanks :D.
     
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  8. driverdis

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    this should not work as the console should reboot into DS Mode if it happens to not crash instead (which I think it will do).
    If it even makes it to DS Mode, It will run into the same problems as starting the card directly.

    If I manage to find my AK2i, I will try it just because.
     
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  9. LinkmstrYT

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    You wanted to see where I live? You stalker...
    Well, smealum showed on his video to press the power button and then press home to avoid that problem.
     
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  10. flarn2006

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    Wait...does this mean Gateway's launcher.dat also works on 9.4 as long as you have Download Play running in the background?
     
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  11. shinyquagsire23

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    No.
     
  12. otto888

    otto888 I break things for a living.

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    No. It still only works up to 9.2 for now.
     
  13. Josephvb10

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    According to Smealum, on the topic if it could be used to load blocked DS flashcards...



    Edit: Nvm.

     
  14. Duo8

    Duo8 I don't like video games

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    I doubt it. DS card is fully handled by twl firm.
     
  15. flarn2006

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    I downgraded and no brick! Thanks!

    EDIT: Oops, wrong thread.....this can not to my knowledge be used to downgrade your 3DS :wink:
     
  16. Duo8

    Duo8 I don't like video games

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    <@smea> <duo8> smea did you "not as-is... but maybe if you modify it somehow, idk" <= turns out no i was wrong
     
  17. Josephvb10

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    Yeah, edited the post.
     
  18. gokuguy

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    Has anyone tried this on a Sky3DS card yet? I don't have a 3DS flash cart mainly because I updated to 9.4. If it were to work with whatever game is set at the time on Sky3DS, then that could end up being my choice eventually.
     
  19. shinyquagsire23

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    Doesn't work.
     
  20. gokuguy

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    Alright, thanks for the heads up. Once again stepped away from the idea of the Sky3DS.