Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

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.

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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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  • So?

    The gadget bricks. Take it back to Walmart who will replace it and beat the crap out of Nintendo. Or send it back to Amazon who will do the same. Nintendo can say whatever they want, but if they start to screw over customers (even the naughty ones) then it will hurt them bigtime in the end. It's one thing to simply prevent pirated software from running, there's no argument against that. But if the company designs the gadget to essentially self-destruct, it will face a backlash.
    terry flores
    • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

      @terry flores
      I completely agree. I have seen it happen in the past, and it's quite ugly. If Nintendo wants to become a 'former game machine producer', this is a sure-fire way to do it.
      rphunter42
    • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

      @terry flores

      it will huh? Then whats up with steam? people get hosed regularly on it when they get a pirated software then use it on a account with legit software. the Fact is that all Nintendo has to do is allow a prompt warning the usage penalties as they load a flash device, or even boot screen warning as teh Nintendo logo is shown. after that they it is fair game, and I would bet as straight forward as Wall Mart is about rights and Law, illegal software is theft, and theft even in Wall Mart isn't' allowed. the Company will arrest there store managers in front of the whole store, why would they care about the customer returning there hacked Nintendo?? they won't. Then Amazon will likely counter that measure and stipulate no returns on 3DS till approved by inspection. I like this idea Go nintendo, even if I hate you like nothing else!!
      Ez_Customs
      • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

        @Ez_Customs Totally entirely justified, just like a car manufacturer putting in a remote killswitch in case you add a dashboard display using the car's internal computer for data without using hardware and software approved by them to do it, or if you play a pirated DVD in the car's integrated player, or if someone brings drugs into your car, or if you replace the hubcaps with something not approved by them. Those are all things that kind of license would allow remote termination for.

        But really, it's all pointless, people will crack the 3DS just like they have every single console before it, just means the crackers need to disable autoupdate and emulate whatever changes Nintendo makes, if they're useful. Plus, if they really start remote bricking the things, the damage to their reputation is going to be huge.
        Onaka
    • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

      @terry flores

      That's why I own a taser. Makes it cost more to repair if it's shipped back to the factory.
      orsty3001
  • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

    What this article doesn't mention is that the 3DS logs all of the game carts put into the system; that is how it would find the hacked cards. Essentially, I'd only have to write a program that either erased the file or deleted the card entry. Boom, problem solved.
    Sabotaged
  • Boycott

    Why would anyone buy a product like this?
    rjriley@...
  • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

    ...and that's why you keep your old systems, kiddos.
    jmwells21
  • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

    Terry Flores is right. It's one thing if the <i>user</i> bricks his gadget. If the manufacturer does it, even by design and with warning, that's a deliberate manufacturer defect.
    RyuDarragh
  • Terry Flores is wrong and delusional

    Anyone who is not using illegal software or ROMS on the 3DS have nothing to fear from this news. So as long as you're not like Terry Flores (a long-time supporter of piracy), then you have nothing to fear. Absolutely nothing.

    Oh and another thing, what makes Terry think that amazon or WalMart will accept his BRICKED systems? Yeah, like they accept bricked Xbox 360's, right? Sure, ok. When word goes around that people are trying to return bricked 3DS, every traditional and online retailer store out there will set up mechanisms to prevent such devices from being accepted by them. So no luck there, buddy! So you better stop with your pirate ways and also stop blaming others for it too!!!
    C_Violet
    • Not Everything &quot;Not Approved&quot; Is Illegal

      @C_Violet <br>There are plenty of things done on game machines that are "not approved" but are perfectly legal. Homebrew games, emulation of your older systems with ROMs you ripped from your own game collection, and non-game software. I created a Linux boot CD for a Sega Dreamcast once. That was certainly legal.
      CFWhitman
      • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

        @CFWhitman

        that isn't the same thing, and BTW, if you read teh user agreement on nintendo systems, anything not approved by nintendo isn't allowed, which means even your homebrew software isn't allowed on it. werent' you around in teh 80's. nintendo created teh gaming Crash, but also saved it. Some people swear this was a Scam to make the more money but who cares. your not allowed to even test teh software coded for Nintendo OS, and run it without approval.
        Ez_Customs
      • That's Kind of My Point

        @Ez_Customs
        As I said, not everything "not approved" is illegal. Nintendo saying it's 'not allowed' does not make it illegal. So there are legitimate reasons to object to a company deciding to brick your hardware at their discretion.
        CFWhitman
    • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

      @C_Violet

      I could see future updates making the pirated apps not run, but not an update that makes the device not work at all.

      This is just part of the authoritarian mentality that's infected the western world.
      hiraghm@...
    • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

      @C_Violet

      I second that. it is the cheap fools that make it a reason to pirate, by doing so much pirating. i remember when audio CDs were 10 bux, now what are they like 15 - 20, hintn fellas, it isn't because the times, it is because you downloaded to much and he record companies can't promote the bands. the bands make there money in concerts yes, but this is teh point. The Same fact is with PC. i remember when PC games never got over 20 bux when consoles were like 40 +, now because of people like Flores, we have teh same ghey prices as teh stupid Console wannabe gamers
      Ez_Customs
      • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

        @Ez_Customs

        If we take into account inflation from, say, 1985 to 2010, CDs have become slightly LESS expensive, as 10 dollars from 1985 equal 20.51 dollars in 2010. And as for games, development costs have skyrocketed, games used to be made by small studios, where a budget of 100,000 was large, now games are multi million dollar endeavors taking lots of talented people several years to make. For instance the development of Half Life 2 cost around 40 million dollars. Of COURSE the cost of games rose when going from games made by a couple people in their spare time to such gargantuan projects.

        If anything, piracy is a net positive for game companies. I and my entire social circle wouldn't buy half the games we do if we didn't have a chance to try them before we buy. Reviews are often skewed not only by the personal biases of the reviewer, but also by publishers buying scores (refer to, for instance, the case of Jeff Gerstmann and his Kane & Lynch review at Gamespot) As for demos, they're practically always tailor made to make the game look as good as possible, bugs present in the actual game are ironed out and the content is selected from the most engaging parts of the game. Demos are also usually very very short. 15 minutes of a (supposedly) 20 hour game is not something to base an opinion on.

        Somewhat tangentially, I recommend you read the book "Common Errors in English Usage" by Paul Brians.
        Onaka
    • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

      @C_Violet and what about the people hwo use legal 3rd party software on flash cards that is not acknowledged by Nintendo?<br><br>I use a suite of software that was custom written for my use, that enables me to work out various conversions and calculations as a sculptur including one that works out the amount of bronze required to fill specific volume areas when a sculpture is hollow centred - this theoreticaly is illegal software as it's not approved by Nintendo for use on their system.<br><br>This in theory woudl cause my system to become 'bricked' - If I buy a system then as far as I'm concerned it's mine to do as I wish with and to run what I want on it .
      Lil' Green man
    • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

      @C_Violet
      You do realize that Wal-Mart has a 100% guarantee on everything they sell and as long as it's within the return policy they have to take it back. Besides that I have returned bricked 360's.
      xmindlessx
  • RE: Nintendo 3DS could be bricked by flash card use

    And they say Apple hates it's end users. First the Wii, now the 3DS...
    nix_hed
  • nix_hed, use your reading skills and read the article

    This ONLY hurts people that use the 3DS in an illegal way. Anyone that stays the heck AWAY fro illegal downloads and software have NOTHING to fear. Zero.

    Jesus, people sure are dumb.
    C_Violet