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]