Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

Summary:In other Nintendo 3DS news, Nintendo is cracking down on piracy before the 3DS even hits stores in the U.S. later this month.

In other Nintendo 3DS news, Nintendo is cracking down on piracy before the 3DS even hits stores in the U.S. later this month.

According to GoNintendo, if a gamer decides to use flash cards for playing illegal, downloaded ROMs, then say goodbye to functionality on your 3DS. Nintendo will likely brick the handheld gaming console using a firmware upgrade down the line.

Nintendo hasn't made an official statement regarding this future action, but GoNintendo cites the following passage from the 3DS Terms of Agreement:

In case 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 become non bootable by system update.

So don't say we didn't warn you.

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Topics: Piracy, Hardware

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