eShop has downloadable 3ds games. Possible mistake by nintendo?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by g2n, Nov 27, 2012.

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  1. g2n

    g2n Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    United States
    I know this isn't old news, but I'm curious to know: If you can download 3DS games from the eShop, aren't they stored on the SD card (probably encrypted too), and can be decrypted and distributed?

    Can someone explain what's going on here in detail and why or why not this would work please?
  2. Ryupower

    Ryupower Brood

    Oct 8, 2007
    United States
    we CAN NOT decrypt (yet)

    they are just like ANY 3ds software you get off the eshop
  3. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

    Global Moderator
    Oct 27, 2002
    Engine room, learning
    This is not a mistake, it's a feature: download retail games instead of buying a cartridge.
    Advantage: you can have multiple games on the SD card at the same time, no need to transport all your cartridges with you.
    it's now a common thing to buy and download games (steam, 3DS, WiiU, etc.)

    Decrypt require a common key (stored and used by the console. can be found if console is hacked)
    Encrypt require a private key (stored by Nintendo HQ. Nobody can find it)
    the 3DS requires that the game is encrypted, so if you decrypt it you can't re-encrypt it to play on another console.

    Decrypting will serves no purpose except looking inside and extract content (pictures, sound, etc.)

    If you have more questions regarding what's possible or not to hack the console or bypass security, I think it will be better in the stickied 3DS hacking theories thread.
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