Might be getting a Sky3DS. Do eshop games only work with latest firmware?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Ichigo1000, May 23, 2015.

  1. Ichigo1000

    Ichigo1000 GBAtemp Fan

    May 6, 2015
    United States
    Do eshop games only work with the latest firmware? Or are they only required when downloading?
    Also, how about newer games that will soon come out? Will all post 9.7 FW title releases require newer firmwares to be playable, or are only a few of them gonna be, and not all?

    Will the ones that wouldn't be playable on 9.7 work on sky3ds flashcarts?
  2. dkabot

    dkabot Better With Others' Systems Than Their Own

    Sep 9, 2014
    United States
    eShop game FW requirement is down to the game. The eShop does do an update check prior to entering, but if you have a hackable FW you can bypass that check. (See below)
    Newer games FW requirement is still down to the game, it's not instant (Animal Crossing only needs 4.5, for example) that newer FW is mandatory.
    Not all games are available as cart releases. If it's not you can still buy it on the eShop, but you won't get it on the Sky.

    If you have a hackable FW, you have a lot more luck. You can run eShop games (and digital versions of cart releases, which can be made if they don't exist) digitally, and it should be upcoming to run even 9.5/9.7+ (9.5 if N3DS, 9.7+ if Old) on your hackable console.
    However, if you're above 9.2 then all you can do is get to 9.7 and buy games off the eShop legitimately (in conjunction with Sky, of course)
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