If I buy a *New Nintendo 3Ds* from the store can I mod it?

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  1. Mr_Root
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    Hi, I want to pick up a new nintendo 3ds from amazon, if I buy can I install homebrew on it? And if so what do I need.
     
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    When buying one it's always a gamble due to the 3ds packing not being sealed. Anyone could update and return models that aren't on their liking. Depending on your version it will vary. The animal crossing new 3ds is known to have fw 9.4 and would be the easiest one to homebrew. It won't require another 3ds that has cfw and you could use free exploits. If you don't like the faceplates you could buy more attractive ones. Good luck on your search
     
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    I bought one that has 11.0 on it, updated it to 11.2, and did the DSiware downgrade using my hacked 2DS. It was easy, just time consuming.
     
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    You can hardmod it, but if you have a dsiware game you can do that method at 3ds.guide
     
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    If you're only using userland exploits then the latest versions are exploitable. You just need a compatible game.
    If you're going to use kernel exploits such as arm9loaderhax, you've gotta watch out.

    Now, it might be a bit risky to buy from Amazon, as you might end up with an updated 3DS without knowing.
    I would go ahead if you have another exploitable 3DS console to fall back onto like I did, as a 2nd 3DS will be useful when performing a DSiWare downgrade, but in other cases like your's (assuming you don't have another exploited 3DS on hand) I would think twice about purchasing.
    I got my N3DS from Amazon UK back when there were plenty of easy-to-access exploits that didn't require system transfers or DSiWare. I knew I was pretty much safe in terms of getting kernel exploits, then, no matter what I did.
    What I didn't expect was for my N3DS to come with 9.9 unboxed. I felt lucky, since I could downgrade and get A9LH... until SafeSysUpdater fucked up and ErrDisp kicked in, but 10.x had an exploitable kernel at the time with memchunkhax2.1 (weirdly called svchax sometimes) so I updated and downgraded again.

    Whatever you do, however, don't go for the Galaxy XL model or any newer N3DS (XL) models that have come out, as they'll be guaranteed to be on 11.x and can't be downgraded without a 2nd 3DS or hardmod.
     
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    Thanks! I'm glad I check with you guys first before I went and bought it
     
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    If it's a SEALED o3ds or 2ds bundle, you're guaranteed to have a hackable console.
    the only bundle that is confirmed to be 11.0+ is the newer MK7 Red and Blue 2DS.

    for N3ds it's a gamble like the others have said, if they are sealed you can use the serial guide that's somewhere around the forum.

    If you're buying secondhand, then you should be able to confirm with the seller before buying.
     
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    What does o3ds stand for?
     
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    Old 3ds, the first models. the ones that do not come with the second nub stick or super stable 3D.
    They also have less processing power, and run the latest game a bit slower.
     
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    In the guide he linked you to, it says what type of firmware it's likely to have based on the console's serial number. So that's what you can be on the lookout for. Keep in mind it's not an exact science.
     
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    i Bought 2x 2DS in the store at front of my job & asked to see the serial before pay, the serial's on the packaging
     
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    You guys are freaking amazing thank you so much <3, amazing community :')
     
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    is it safe to downgrade from 11.0 so i dont have to update if when i get my new 3ds thing of getting one also for christmas bricked my new 3ds xl on accient
     
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    It's never 100% safe, but it's gotten pretty stable nowadays. Just follow each and every single instruction at www.3ds.guide and you'll be fine.
    To downgrade from 11.0 you need either hardmod or a 2nd console that's already hacked and does you a system transfer with a hacked Dsiware legit bought game.
     
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    Wowies, they updated the guide and gave it fancy pictures! Kewl!