The 3DS Is Being Hacked: This Is Good News

The 3DS Is Being Hacked: This Is Good News

Over the past week, hackers have made substantial progress in their efforts to hack Nintendo’s 3DS handheld. Whilethis will have negative consequences for things like piracy, I can see the more practical benefits of getting under the system’s skin.

Like getting around the 3DS’ region locks for game cartridges.

Hacker Neimod claims to have got “full control” of the 3DS via kernel mode, with one of the benefits of this being able to run a game from any region on any region’s handheld.

This is important to those importing games, as well as those who’d like to get a 3DS in a fancy colour scheme that’s not yet available in their region.

Nintendo will of course fight moves like this every step of the way, but if you’re a regular Joe who would only use this kind of thing to give Nintendo more money, I wouldn’t let your conscience weigh you down too heavily if you’re excited for this progress.

More Nintendo 3DS hacking progress [Tiny Cartridge]


  • I sincerely hope this is true. I’d hack mine in a heartbeat if it gave me the ability to work around that damned region lock.

  • Interesting…. was this little blog post specifically worded to go up against 1Up’s article which mentioned the same thing except went the other direction (ie. THIS IS BAD PPL!)


  • The region lock is the reason I haven’t bought a 3DS yet. I’ll wait and see what the fall out from any release of a region unlock will do before I consider a purchase.

    • Exact same. I play games in Japanese quite often which is why I brought a PSV instead while in Japan recently.

  • YAY!

    Seriously cannot wait to kill the region lock. The moment that becomes available I am hacking the crap out of my 3DS.

  • by far the best thing that can ever come from sucessfully hacking a console is that emulators improve, and emulators are important as hell in keeping history alive.

  • I suggest being careful about hacking your 3DS’s, at least for a while. Even if there are hacks, or updates for certain game cartridges, released. It doesn’t mean that they are safe, or reliable. I can somehow imagine a large amount of people complaining about how they bricked their 3DS because they screwed up.

    Then what will Nintendo do to the accounts tied in with the 3DS console, if they can/do detect that there is illegal software being used?

    I think I’ll wait for a bit, after this kind of stuff is released, before I do anything.

  • Meh.

    I bought the Pikachu 3DS XL from the UK, so it plays my Aussie games and I’m not interested in JRPGs, so I’m good.

  • In a perfect world nintendo would remove the region locking before the drive to hack the console to do so progresses any further.
    It’s a shame when a console gets riddled with piracy. EG the PSP.

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