Nintendo 3DS has killswitch for pirates?

By Matthew ยท 21 replies
Mar 10, 2011
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  1. According to GoNintendo, Japanese retailer Enterking has posted a warning on its website suggesting that Nintendo will brick 3DS consoles suspected of monkey business. Loosely translated, the site says that anyone who runs software or makes modifications unapproved by Nintendo might receive a firmware update that renders the 3DS unbootable. If true, it's safe to assume Nintendo is largely aiming at folks who use R4 flashcarts to play pirated games, which has been outlawed in Japan and the UK.

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Yah good luck with that. No system is perfect and when you end up bricking a group of legit systems your going to end up in court.
  3. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    I imagine that the kill switch is going to get quite a work out
  4. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    They'll find a way to disable it. No doubt.
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    I dont care for pirating games and stuff but quit limiting people to what they can do. I'm sick of console systems trying to be like computers but want to be control freaks... ugh
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,317   +1,404

    looks like I'm not buying one...
  7. bonniesmith

    bonniesmith TS Rookie Posts: 40

    That's just great, I'm def. not even going to think about buying one now! just a mess with these 'kill switches'!
  8. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,317   +1,404

    Something I forgot to mention in my first post is that I don't want to be treated like a criminal just for buying something and wanting to use it legitimately. I don't want to pirate games, but, as an enthusiast, I like to see what modifications I can make. most of the fun I get from these devices for me IS the modifications.
  9. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    I have this feeling that if it's true hackers will go after the 3ds now just for implementing it and disable it. This feature only hurts the people who actually make them money which is disgusting! Not getting my money, hello Psp 2!
  10. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    with all the dramas the PS3 is getting I expect the PSP 2 will have similar preventions as well, probably even more so
  11. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    There is always a way in.
  12. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,317   +1,404

    that's what she said?
  13. Backdoor.
  14. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +11

    No it's not a kill switch it's a warning like every system has that's out at the moment, if you install unofficial software you could potentially break your system if Nintendo release an update as the home brew you have installed could take up an IOS slot that Nintendo would like to know write to, if that happens and you have installed a custom IOS eg cIOS and the cIOS you have installed is system reliant eg the system needs it to boot this could "brick" the console, by law they can't break something you own but they can ban you from using there network. I put these sort of articles down to translation issues.
  15. jwdR1

    jwdR1 TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +25

    I'd like to figure out when we bought into the idea that if you buy something, you don't actually own it.
  16. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TS Enthusiast Posts: 217

    im thinking that this is a precursor to the government doing the same thing, if we accept this sh it from companies then its only a matter of time before the gov will come on and tell you that nothing is yours and everything is theirs. "live by their rules or die".
  17. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,317   +1,404

    Look up what is going on in Pennsylvania with natural gas. The government is GIVING the power to the corporations. God bless America.
  18. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    A device you purchase and own... bricked purposefully by the manufacturer...

    When you sell something you should expect that buyer to have full control over the product. If they *are* using it nefariously, then legal recourse should be pursued -- not some personal, punitive retribution.

    Regardless of the reasons why Nintendo might do this, I believe this falls into the realm of expected reliability, warranty and ownership of a product. Europe ought to have a good time with this one.
  19. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    That's true, I was just mad lol It just seems like the dsi is still a better buy even over the 3ds if it's true. Who needs headache inducing 3d and bad battery life when you can get a dsi and play the same games anyway for cheaper.
  20. ansh1993

    ansh1993 TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    piracy users...BEWARE ! Kill switch ahead
  21. If I visit the GoNintendo website am I guilty of Piracy. Nintendo should hire the bought corporate tool judge that ruled in favor of Sony earlier this month.
  22. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    As I always say, its just a matter of time before someone kills the killswitch..............:p

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