This thread is kind of a 3DS based Mirror version of my VWii Softmodding thread on the Wii U board. it is, (AFAIK) A quick rundown on the what/how/what can I do on 3DS Softmodding. (If there are any factual errors in this post, or updates to various methods used, please tell me and I will update the OP.) What's a "Full Softmod"? Full Softmod is running CFW Without a 3DS or DS Flashcart, using ONLY Software exploits and the SD card. Completely free! No purchase required! Well, Okay, I lied. it's not COMPLETELY Free. You need TWO SD Cards. But you likely have those just lying around somewhere, right? Wait, I can DO that?! HOW? Why yes, you can! However, this method only works on Old 3DSes with a firmware under 9.2.0-20. The best Tutorial I have found on this method is this video tutorial by DarkFlare69: First, a Downgrade tutorial to 4.5: And then Loading up 4.5CFW: This method installs Palantine 4.5CFW. I also recommend you install BigBlueMenu (Or BigRedMenu) first and use it instead of DevMenu.After either of these is installed, you should no longer need to hold L while booting to CFW. Before you attempt this method, look inside the folders given in the download, and check on GBATemp/Google for updated versions, they may be outdated. Okay, I did it, it works! What can I do now? Play .CIA games/Homebrew? YES, BUT.. There's a few games that won't work. Most everything that's been FW spoofed/Region Freed will however. General consensus is that if it was released BEFORE Luigi's Mansion 2, it will be fine, otherwise, make sure to check. Update existing titles with .CIA Updates? YES Play .3dsx Homebrew? YES BUT.. You will still need a copy of Cubic Ninja (or a .CIA of it) to run Ninjhaxx..3ds Games (unconverted ROMs) will not work. Update the EmuNAND for eShop Access? YES BUT..RxTools will allow you to create a second 9.x EmuNAND on a second SD Card, but this one can only be used for installing legitimate purchased content from the e-Shop, and can not be used for Homebrew/.CIA installs. Basically, you'll have a "Legit" SD card and a "Homebrew" SD Card, and will need to switch between them when required.More info on RxTools here:https://gbatemp.net/threads/release-rxtools-roxas75-3ds-toolkit-fw-2-0-9-2.382782/(If anyone has a tutorial for installation like the ones for Downgrading/Palantine, please tell me and I'll update the thread.) Play Retail Cartridges? YES BUT..If it works as a CIA, the retail cart will run on the CFW SD Card. otherwise, use the Second SD Card with 9.x EmuNAND installed to play your retail carts. Play games that are 7.x Encrypted? RETAIL CARTS/ESHOP DOWNLOADS ONLY (This requires that you use the Second SD card with 9.x EmuNAND installed.) Load/Run Injected VC Games? YES Load/Run games Region-Free? YES Play Games Online? YES BUT..There have not been any known cases of online players using .CIAs or retail carts in CFW getting banned. But as always with CFW and hacks, Play online at your own risk.NOTE: Cheating online WILL get you banned. NOTES: This method is still a little Glitchy. Booting into Palantine CFW may take multiple attempts. (You'll know it succeeds when the bottom screen flashes when executing the DS Profile Exploit. If not, just hold the power button to turn it off and try again.) Some games may not work, regardless of what you do. try and dump your cartridge again, double check the .CIA conversion, or use a different source. Going into Data Management is a bit of a minefield. unless you've set things up in a very specific way, I would not reccomend going into it while on SYSNAND. ------ I'll update the thread as time passes.