Nintendo 3DS sold out in Japan, already hacked

By on February 28, 2011, 10:46 AM
Nintendo's much-anticipated 3DS gaming handheld had a stellar debut in Japan this weekend, selling close to 400,000 units in just two days while the top selling launch title Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle moved around 120,000 copies during the same timeframe. Although stocks are reportedly dry for now, more units will inevitably arrive in the week as Nintendo tries to reach its target of 1.5 million units shipped in Japan and 4 million worldwide by March 31.

Meanwhile, it seems hackers are not wasting any time in getting homebrew software and backups running on the device. The video embedded below shows how an R4 cartridge can be used to run unauthorized DS and DSi games. Technically this is just an extension of an existing DS hack onto the 3DS, and so far it doesn't apply to newer 3DS titles, but it might give Nintendo a reason to worry after spending considerable time and effort to ensure its latest handheld is unhackable, and even claiming the 3DS's technology will dramatically mitigate piracy efforts on the 3DS.

Europe is scheduled to receive the highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS beginning March 25, while the official launch date for the U.S. market is set 2 days later on the 27th priced at $250. The company also recently confirmed that the 3DS will be backed by 18 games on U.S. launch day, with plans to have some 30 titles available by early June.





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mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

For me to actually consider purchasing this, I will personally need:

1.an established library

2.good reviews of the hardware beyond initial impressions

3.XL version

4.price drop

So I'll be getting this when the 4DS comes out. Nintendo 4DS:Bringing you incomprehensible gaming, on the go!

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Any company that says their product is "unhackable", or that it "will be foolproof to cracks from illegal downloaders", is just asking for it to be hacked.

princeton princeton said:

It was probably nintendo's plan. Tell people it's unhackable and watch as all the hackers run out to try and be the first to hack it. Nintendo isn't stupid, and it's a great way to increase sales.

bielius bielius said:

This guy has 4 hands!

Guest said:

I noticed that too. lolz

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