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3DS Tubehax app for YouTube activated by hacker

We can see that Nintendo hacker Smealum has just gone live with his 3DS Tubehax app download within YouTube. This app allows the user to install free 3DS homebrew apps, as well as make systems region free.

As you can imagine, this is bad news for Nintendo as they have only just managed to remove Ironfall: Invasion for 3DS from the e-shop for containing a similar exploit used to get hombrew running on the handheld.

Now Smealum has gone public with the latest method and this one works on the latest 3DS 9.9 firmware. Apparently you just need to have the YouTube app on your system, then follow a set of instructions to get the homebrew launcher working on 3DS.

You can see evidence of the exploit above, so don’t be surprised if the YouTube app for 3DS is temporarily removed by Nintendo too this week while they work on fixing up the issue.


We often see these kind of cat and mouse games between corporations and hackers, so we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of this and what the repercussions may be if Smealum ever gets caught.

Let us know what you think of this and if you are tempted to use this exploit to get free homebrew installed on your 3DS.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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