Nintendo bricking 3DS

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by MakiManPR, Mar 9, 2011.

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  1. MakiManPR

    MakiManPR Banned

    Apr 6, 2010
    Remote Pwnage for Pirates

    Nintendo launches a broadside against pirates by remotely disabling dodgy 3DSs.

    Nintendo have long been touting the 3DS as an always-on, always-connected console. But as well as letting players share and download data, the 3DS’s wireless connectivity also gives Nintendo a new weapon in their ongoing battle against software piracy. The company has started “bricking” Japanese consoles that have used pirated software.

    How does it work? Well, the 3DS keeps a log of all the software you run on it. Every time you connect at a Wi-Fi hotspot, Nintendo can view the system log. If they detect anything iffy, they disable the machine by installing a “system update” which renders the device unable to run any software at all – legitimate or not.

    Nintendo's nemesis - the R4 flashcard - has let more people play pirated games on the DS than any other method.

    So a user that’s popped in a security-circumventing flashcard could find their machine permanently disabled. A Japanese retailer, Enterking, has already warned users wanting to sell a second hand 3DS that they won’t accept any consoles disabled in this manner.

    The question is, is there a way around this? It’s only a software update, right? In the short term, the solution for any would-be pirates is to simply turn the Wi-Fi always-on feature (known as SpotPass) off, and leave it off. The problem is, Wi-Fi is one of the 3DS’s big draws, and anyone missing out on online play and downloads is also missing a big part of the 3DS experience.

    In the long term, you can guarantee that this rather zero-tolerance method of tackling piracy will raise the hackles of hackers, so to speak. Doubtless, someone is already working on a way to modify the 3DS’s firmware and replace tainted system logs with nice, innocent ones.

    Will Nintendo’s latest assault curb 3DS piracy, or simply anger gamers?

  2. Schlupi

    Schlupi Gbatemp's Official Earthbound Maniac™

    Aug 31, 2007
    United States
    Rozen Queen Co, Chicago Branch

    Read the other topics, people. Please. >_>
  3. Xuphor

    Xuphor I have lied to all of you. I am deeply sorry.

    Jul 14, 2007
    United States
    No, it hasn't. ALL the other topics are about they MIGHT do it, but this topic saying they HAVE STARTED ALREADY.
    Similar, yes, but not the exact same.
  4. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    Been posted a million times already .Use the search.
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