In the realm of 3DS hacking, I guess you could call me a conservative. I have a Japanese 3DS purchased on launch day that's still on firmware 1.0.0-0. Not being Japanese myself, I've been patiently waiting for a region unlock, rejecting firmware updates, and playing Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition in Japanese ever since that day. Recent developments with the Gateway flashcart have led me to wonder a few things: Will Gateway ever support region-unlocked 3DS games? I once heard that the team was "working on it". The fact that the team is even investigating this catches my interest -- I thought that the Gateway just worked by simulating an actual 3DS card, but if they are toying with the idea of region unlocks, clearly they must be able to do something more than that. I've heard that the Gateway will only be compatible with version 4.5 at launch. Will it work on my lowly 1.0.0-0 device out of the box? I obviously can't update through the System Menu because that will bring me straight to 6.x... I've also heard that someone was able to successfully downgrade the 3DS through flashing the NAND. Using a similar method, wouldn't it be possible to perform a partial upgrade without using the network? What would one need to purchase to perform something like this? Lastly, how plausible is the idea that someone tech-savvy enough could set up a home webserver that spoofs the Nintendo servers to serve v4.5, so all one would need to do is connect to their (hacked) home WiFi and update through the system menu? Has this been attempted? I do know that I can upgrade to 4.5 through an included update in a game cartridge, but I really don't want to have to do that for this to work. If any of the above free methods work, they'd be much preferred. Thanks a lot for your help, 3DS hacking gurus.