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Submitted by wita 534d ago | interview

3DS in danger: Why piracy is a bigger problem than just sales

Could piracy really ruin the 3DS’s future? What is the full scope of consequences? And if it is dangerous, what can we — gamers, developers, and publishers — do to prevent it? (3DS, Dementium II, Dementium: The Ward, Dev, DreamRift, Mutant Mudds, Nicalis, Nintendo, Renegade Kid, Ubisoft)

MultiConsoleGamer  +   534d ago
The original DS was plagued with piracy. Flash carts could be purchased for under $10. The problem was so bad that pirates were even selling flash carts full of games on Craig's list.

There was also a problem with pirate carts and multi carts.

And even with all that the DS is the highest selling portable of all time, the second highest selling gaming device, and it has more million selling titles than any gaming device in history, yes, even more than the PS2.

So tell me again how piracy is going to doom the 3DS.
DV_Bastian  +   534d ago
By your logic, you'd be happy if for every five dollars you made, you only got one and the rest went to whoever was criminal enough to take it from you.

So tell me again how that's not a bad thing?
ElectricKaibutsu  +   534d ago
MultiConsoleGamer just said that piracy won't doom the 3ds, not that piracy is good.
ChocolateGiddyUp  +   534d ago
I'd be comfortable being crazy-rich rather than absurdly-rich.
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JeffGrubb  +   534d ago
You're a nazi!
Kingofwiiu  +   534d ago
Correction DS IS THE HIGHEST selling Handheld and THE HIGHEST SELLING GAMING DEVICE of all time also. You must of missed all the comotion when it was reported late 2012 that The DS had indeed over taken the Ps2. It's like a mill or 2 ahead now because it's been selling strong over the holiday season.

Other than that , yeah great point.
coolasj  +   534d ago
Hardware isn't everything. Infact, only Nintendo really makes their money from selling hardware. Companies make their money through software. If your consoles Attach Rate is low, nobody will want to develop for your console. Who cares is the DS sold 150 Million if only 20 Million of them are actually people who BUY their games?
http://goo.gl/vUzzh
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Ilovetheps4  +   534d ago
The issue with piracy arises when developers stop making games for the 3DS because they are afraid nobody will buy their game due to piracy. Sure, Nintendo gets hardware sales from piracy. But, you forget that they get quite a bit from software sales as well.

But if the developers stop making games for the 3DS, what does it matter if you are able to pirate games? There won't be any good games to pirate. I prefer to support developers hard work so that they continue making games for me and other gamers of that gaming platform.
azshorty2003  +   534d ago
Hardware sales =/= software sales.

I bought a PSP, hacked it, and I think only one of the 25+ games I had was purchased legitimately.

Go ahead and bring on the hate. Even though I haven't done that since, I still did it at the time.
Dark_Overlord  +   533d ago
I brought a PSP and put a CFW on too, however I still purchased the games :P

A CFW had so many great things available that the OFW did not :)
NagaSotuva  +   534d ago
It seems like Nintendo consoles and handhelds are not too hard to hack. :/
Dark_Overlord  +   533d ago
Out of the big 3, Nintendo by far has the weakest security. Hackers have even managed to exploit the WiiU using a hack that worked on the old Wii :/
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JeffGrubb  +   534d ago
I bought games on the DS and hacked it, because I hated carrying around 30 game cards. But now I just buy all my 3DS games digitally. Pirating: Do Not Want.
wita  +   534d ago
Another reason why pirates should have no excuse! :) Makes me remember all the carrying cases, though, and how expensive they were.
MasterCornholio  +   534d ago
Thats the main reason why i download everything into my Vita. I hate carrying around a ton of cartridges which is what i used to do with my Gameboy. But if theres one thing that i would like to happen is a decrease in price for digital titles.
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SybaRat  +   534d ago
Information wants to be free.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   534d ago
I don't think information has any opinion on the matter. YOU want it to be free because you don't want to support the industry that everyone here loves.
Lifeequals42  +   534d ago
People will go to extraordinary lengths and justifications to avoid having to pay for something.
dboyman  +   534d ago
Get rid of region locking. Many people would hack the 3ds alone for that reason, and could tempt many to pirate...
Tolkoto  +   534d ago
I don't think that would stop it by much.
JeffGrubb  +   534d ago
Yeah, but he's right that some may hack it to play an import game. Once they're hacked, it's a lot easier to cross the line to pirating.
ShaunCameron  +   534d ago
Why should they? The previous handheld was region-free and yet people pirated it anyway.
roblef  +   534d ago
Isn't Nintendo making a ton of money off the 3DS?
PhillipSantanaMusic  +   534d ago
maybe its deliberate, maybe nintendo leaves it easily hackable for the sales! :) lol

i dont really feel that way but at the end of the day who really knows.
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deantak  +   534d ago
Can you imagine Nintendo throwing a Hackathon?
Jovahkiin  +   533d ago
I've both two games for my 3DS and only like 17 have came out in Ireland. Maybe the problem is there's not enough games. Japan gets like 10 new games a week whereas we settle for a new mario or cooking game every two months.

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