1. drmarvin

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    Hello 3DS experts. I have no experience with any DS products, but I have experience with modding in general.

    I enjoy the portable nature of the 3DS. Nicely smaller than my Switch, plus something new to play with. I’m looking to buy a used system and I’m hoping to install a CFW like Luma3DS. It looks like I may need a legit game (kind of like WiiU), but I’m not sure.

    Any possible suggestions of a maximum firmware to buy, game which should be bought (if necessary), and anything else to watch for would be great.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Honestly it doesn't matter what OFW you get your 3DS on because there are methods that aren't effected by them.
    If you are looking for a free method, then you need to be aiming for anything 11.3 and below. (currently) I suggest checking out The Guide for more information.
    But if you happen to get on above 11.3, then you just need to use one of these methods to hack it
    NTRBoot: I always suggest this method because you get an easy method that can be used over and over, plus a DS flashcart for DS games.
    seedminer: An easy and cheap method that still currently works on 11.8 and requires buying a DSiware game. Does run the risk of being patched, but hasn't happened yet.
    DSiware: Requires another already hacked system and buying a DSiware game. Can't be patched through OFW updates.
    Hardmod: Requires soldering and some extra parts. Best method if you know what you are doing and can't be patched.
     
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    That is extremely helpful. Thanks so much for your great detailed response. Hopefully I can find one under 11.3, but the game purchase option isn’t too bad either. All the options will let me install games then?
     
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    Yes since for all of them the end result is a console with CFW
     
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    if you get one on 11.3 or below you can use soundhax, which is completly free, that said, recent special edition consoles and every single new 2DS XL wont come with it
     
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    You may find one below 11.3, but you are more than likely only going to find 11.4+. It depends on how long it's been on the shelf. All options allow you to install games with the help of a CFW.
     
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    Thanks so much for the help. I know they were very basic newbie questions. Not everyone is so forthcoming with help. Cheers to all!!
     
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    So to conclude, my finding a unit on 10.x is sort of a jackpot? Is $50-60 for the easily modded system a reasonable price?
     
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    Yes a 3DS on <11.4 for that price is an extremely good deal. Just make sure it's completely working before buying it!
     
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    Having never touched a DS product before, what are the things to look for? Obviously things like a cracked screen, buttons and controls, and the slot. What is the best way to check controls and slot? Anything else to look for?
     
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    Always check the hindges to see if they cracked or extremely loose. Check to make sure the trigger buttons work consistently. Check to see if the 3D slider works properly (unless it's a 2DS/2DSXL.)
    These are the most common issues I can think of when dealing with the 3DS
     
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    i got a 3ds still on 9.0 firmware still in the box a triforce one only opened once.
     
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    when it comes to 3DS consoles, its a matter of knowing what model you want and making sure the touch screen isnt scratched and the circle pad isnt too worn out (though both can be easily fixed, specially on a 2DS)
     
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    i make console mods for a living i repaired a old 3ds control stick, replaced shoulder buttons and replaced the touch screen with a new one. i do this as a side job and for a few friends
    i even did custom shell jobs those are very popular but that is for the first gen models
     
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    Thanks for all the help. I got it up and running. Haven’t gotten Wifi going yet, since it seems to only do WEP automatically, but others are supposed to be possible. Since it’s on 10.5, is there any way to try to upgrade? I hear that the latest firmware kills Luma3DS.

    It’s doesn’t look like there is an official way to upgrade offline (except with certain carts), but is there something less official?
     
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    Luma's latest release fixes 11.8 compatibility issues.
     
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    Excellent. Then tomorrow’s project is getting Internet working! Thanks for all the help. I’m having a blast with this.
     
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    Thanks for all the help. I’m all set. Everything seems to be working well and correctly. Cheers all
     
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