Can you safely play legit CIAs online?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by retrospect, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. retrospect

    retrospect GBAtemp Regular

    May 17, 2008
    By "legit" I mean the ones that are copied from pre-installs on other 3DS systems.

    I've been reading about playing games online, and adding a private header to a .3DS ROM and renaming it .3DZ, but there's less info about using CIAs.

    Do regular (illegitimate) CIAs need a private header adding too?
  2. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 14, 2010
    Cia's don't need a header as they don't have that infomation, even the ones that aren't properly signed. As to whether it's safe... for now, yes, but in the long run, no one knows.
  3. voddy

    voddy No Title Available

    Jul 14, 2013
    United States
    i guess in future there ll be a possibility to get banned (checking ticket information from eshop with the ticket db from ur 3ds can show a mismatch for example. they could allow one mistake (for example a preinstalledgame) but then it could lead to ban.(just one way to find fake cia users) but right now its safe
  4. Nephiel

    Nephiel Artificer

    Nov 3, 2002
    Playing by their rules, I could buy more than one 3DS console with a different preinstalled game, and transfer through all of them one by one. I'd have several preinstalled games then, all of them legit.

    I'm sure Nintendo could detect and flag things like this, but I doubt they'd ban anyone just for this, not when non-legit CIAs are much more of a threat to them and easier to detect ( at least in theory).

    All they have to do to stop legit CIAs spreading is, from now on, stop preinstalling games on bundles and instead include a physical copy or a one-time download code.