Hacker unlocks the 3DS system kernel key to running pirated software

Currently, Neimod’s hack uses a very specific save game in a certain retail 3DS game to exploit the handheld’s hardware. The hacker doesn’t want to reveal which game permits this hack, because Nintendo could then easily patch it.

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chadboban1299d ago

Hmmm... sounds quite similar to a method I've heard of where a Twilight Princess save game is used to install the Homebrew Channel to the Wii.

Kratoscar20081299d ago

Indeed thats how my brother is able to run it.

Knight_Crawler1298d ago

If this is true then you can expect the 3DS numbers to triple in the coming months...Smart move Nintendo.

Gamer19821298d ago

Indeed DS sales were amazing but piracy really helped. I dont know a single person with legit games. They all have R4 carts or similar.

NYC_Gamer1299d ago

It was bound to get cracked open like every other piece of hardware

3GenGames1299d ago

Especially when they didn't include the best security device there is against it: A way to program the console. Look at the wasn't touched until they took Other OS away. Every other console was.

lodossrage1298d ago

George Hotz actually used other OS and a dongle to "hack" the ps3, THEN other OS was taken away and he found a way to do it without other OS being there.

3GenGames1298d ago

He hacked it because it was a challenge. Because nobody messed with it. Okay he did it, but who cares? It still delayed the hacking by SIX YEARS. Get over yourself, if they don't include a way to program the hardware directly, they should be hacked WIDE open. Piracy is the punishment.

MooseWI1299d ago

Sadly, you can buy flash cards and have unlimited games, know a few people >_>

Samus HD1299d ago

you mean no 3ds games??!

Eamon1299d ago

Actually, the currently existing flashcarts only run DS games.

As of now, no way to run pirated 3DS games.

Samus HD1298d ago

thanks Eamon.. Bubble up

FriedGoat1298d ago

It's been known that the old DS flashcards work on the 3DS in DS mode since launch. What this will enable eventually is full 3DS mode support for homebrew. Seems the developers are activley against piracy so no need to worry until some black hats get hold of it.

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the worst1299d ago

yes this is what i wanted to hear

Kratoscar20081299d ago

You are the worst ;)

Anyway i think it was going to happen to some extent and now that people are really upset with Nintendo for region lock the system will be more hacked that even the DS (The psp in second place)because people are mad with nintendo.

ElectricKaibutsu1299d ago

I don't like piracy but I HATE region locking :(

ShaunCameron1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

@ ElectricKaibutsu

But unfortunately region-locking is here to stay as long as economic and cultural protectionism exist.

Don't be surprised if Sony goes to back region-locking for their next home console or handheld. Besides, region-freedom has done nothing for them except lose money.

ElectricKaibutsu1298d ago


I'm afraid you might be right about that. It's a shame because I chose a PS3 over a 360 because I live away from my home country so having a region free system is important to me.

FriedGoat1298d ago

Bloody Sony, I love them but they got LikSang shut down because of selling imported goods and then they go and make the Vita region free.

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deletingthis346753341299d ago

So piracy is justified for Nintendo but not Sony, or so I gathered from your comment.

Yodagamer1299d ago

Well obviously it's won't be hard to patch since the guy isn't even giving away what game was used to hack it. I don't see it lasting long.

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