Last month we gave you an indication that a Japanese Nintendo 3DS had already been hacked to allow the use of R4 Cards which became very popular for the old DS, but now we’ve learned that Nintendo are ready to take action against anyone who attempts to hack into their new prized asset.
The Nintendo 3DS is out this week in Europe and the US and we can tell you that the official manual for the system contains a statement from Nintendo which warns hackers that the 3DS includes built-in ‘technical protection measures’ which will detect the use of unauthorized programs, or R4 cards like we mentioned above.
Here is the message in full as reported from PGN:
“This product contains technical protection measures. Use of an unauthorized device or any unauthorized technical modification to your Nintendo 3DS system, will render this game and/or your system unplayable.”
As you can see, Nintendo also state that attempting to hack the 3DS will result in a permanent brick, both for the 3DS itself AND the game that is currently loaded onto your 3DS. They obviously knew that hacking was a major problem on both the DS and Wii, so it looks like they have extra measures to ensure that security on the 3DS will be upheld.
Having said that, we don’t think the system is unhackable. Time and time again someone comes along and manages to open up the system, and the whole bandwagon starts off again. We think it’s a question of when, and not if. What are your thoughts on this? Are you interested in the use of these R4 cards on the 3DS or has this message scared you away?