3DS logs flash cart use, could get console banned by firmware

Mar 7, 2011
3DS logs flash cart use, could get console banned by firmware

If you have, your eyes set on a new Nintendo 3DS game system and you are the sort that has no qualms, pirating video games, Nintendo has a new way they can brick your console in retribution. Apparently, the 3DS will remember each time a flash-cart pirated game is played on the console.

With the ability to know and remember that a pirated flash game was played Nintendo can then target the machines that are being used by nefarious types and render them unable to boot via a firmware update. A warning about the ability in the 3DS comes from Enterking, a Japanese gaming gear purveyor.

A warning note on the Enterking site said, "Dear customers who resell Nintendo 3DS. Non-purchase able 3DS system: if you use equipment which is illegal or unapproved by Nintendo or if you do customization which is unapproved by Nintendo, there is a possibility that Nintendo 3DS becomes non-bootable by system update. Because of terms of agreement above, Enterking refuses to buy 3DS system with a record of illegal or unapproved equipment." The flash-cart that Nintendo is targeting is R4 flash cart that can be used to store pirated games online to play on the DS console out now. The cart was such a problem that it was banned in Japan.

[via Eurogamer]

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