3DS reportedly bricks itself when used illegally

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Found 9th Mar 2011
Not entirely sure it's possible, legal or true. But Gamecentral are usually pretty reputable.

Just an FYI for those waiting for flashcarts to be released before they invest in one.

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Banned

nintendo arent very well known for their prevention of piracy

or so history dictates.....

Banned

its probably a scare tactic by nintendo, as i would guess majority of DS owners have an R4 and a few well known sites are selling 3DS r4 type cards already, surely if nintendo put this protection in which bricked consoles it could hurt their sales badly? as not everyone hacks their stuff for piracy!

Original Poster

True, not sure how much it has hurt them. The DS must be the easiest console ever produced to play 'backups', but must also be one of the most successful and profitable

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sancho1983

True, not sure how much it has hurt them. The DS must be the easiest … True, not sure how much it has hurt them. The DS must be the easiest console ever produced to play 'backups', but must also be one of the most successful and profitable



i dont think nintendo has ever released a console that has been manuafctured at a loss when first released unlike sony,microsoft
Edited by: "casparwhite" 9th Mar 2011

Original Poster

Anybody know of the legalities of it, surely it's my device and I can do what I want with it.

Not sure how they would do it anyway

sancho1983

Anybody know of the legalities of it, surely it's my device and I can do … Anybody know of the legalities of it, surely it's my device and I can do what I want with it.



Legalities of what?

If you use items in it was not designed to be used, and the manufacturer expressly tell you that may cause harm to the device?

sancho1983

True, not sure how much it has hurt them. The DS must be the easiest … True, not sure how much it has hurt them. The DS must be the easiest console ever produced to play 'backups', but must also be one of the most successful and profitable



That would be the PS3, well easist to hack that is to enable backup games but the DS you can just pop a game in a card and it works unlike the PS3 and DS is the easiest handheld one of course.

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ryouga

That would be the PS3, well easist to hack that is to enable backup games … That would be the PS3, well easist to hack that is to enable backup games but the DS you can just pop a game in a card and it works unlike the PS3 and DS is the easiest handheld one of course.



Can you repeat that in English?

sancho1983

Can you repeat that in English?



Nope.

That story is complete nonsense, typical of Metro.

Firstly, pirated 3DS games do not exist it is just that some of the NDS flash carts can be updated to work with it and run in DS mode allowing backup NDS and DSi games to be played.

Secondly, Nintendo would never do this as it would be illegal and they would face a massive law suit as a consequence.

Spark

Secondly, Nintendo would never do this as it would be illegal and they … Secondly, Nintendo would never do this as it would be illegal and they would face a massive law suit as a consequence.



Which law?

well, if true, then its no surprise. I think the typical gamer is now more aware of the hacks and cracks and will see piracy as an option, observing how easy it was for the ds.

thesaint

Which law?



The common sense law firstly.

There is no code in the nintendo machine to brick. It may be able to disable the machine but it's likely to be nonsense and frought with problems of legality and users rights and mistakes cannot be ruled out which see a perfectly normal used console from being blocked wrongly. If it is true the sales figures will take a hit. Probs nonsense in the the same way the story that ps3 games would only work on 1 console so second hand games would not work as they had been used.




Edited by: "dontasciime" 10th Mar 2011

dontasciime

The common sense law firstly.There is no code in the nintendo machine to … The common sense law firstly.There is no code in the nintendo machine to brick. It's nonsense like the story that ps3 games would only work on 1 console so second hand games would not work as they had been used.



Agreed, they placed warnings on the Wii menu that modified consoles could be bricked by the update process but that never actually happened.

Technically, an R4 isn't an approved or Nintendo-endorsed device so by using one you effectively invalidate the console's warrantee but the same rule also applies to 3rd party styluses/cables/cases etc and would be very difficult for Nintendo to actually put into practise.

techdigest.tv/201…tml

don't update

Second hand sales are gonna be terrible on this (if there is a threat that because of the previous owner using unauthorised device you buy pre-owned and 1 day you update and it's broken) . Nintendo really know how to make sure you buy new. EA could learn from them.

Edited by: "dontasciime" 10th Mar 2011
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