“Heyday of piracy is over,” 3DS more resistant to it than Wii or DS, says Nintendo

Wednesday, 26th January 2011 15:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton and marketing manager James Honeywell believe that the “heyday of piracy” is over, and that 3DS will be less prone to such maladies than other Nintendo consoles.

Speaking with CVG, Yarnton said Nintendo has “learnt over time to try and improve security and protection,” and 3DS will be more resistant to piracy than any other console from the firm.

“We can’t divulge any technical details on that but needless to say this is probably one of our best pieces of equipment in that respect,” he said. “There are a lot of things we’ve learnt over time to try and improve the security and protection – not only of our IP but of our third-party publishers’ IP as well.”

Yarnton is also of the opinion that recent court rulings regarding IP protection and R4s have set “a precedent,” where piracy “won’t be a viable thing for people to do.”

UK marketing manager James Honeywell agreed, stating: “There’s definitely a step change coming and you see it in various countries around the world. People are aware that video games, music and movies make massive contributions to the economies of countries. They need to make sure they start protecting those things.”

“I think perhaps there’s been a ‘heyday of piracy’ and we’ve now seen a lot of rules come in to stop it,” added Honeywell.

3DS is out in Europe March 25 and in the US March 27.

Thanks, MCV.



  1. KrazyKraut

    lol….with such blabla they just make some ppl to wanna hack the 3ds

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Suikoden Fan

    taunting the hackers gets you no where

    #2 4 years ago
  3. xino

    wasn’t the 3ds hacked already?
    unless that was a rumour

    #3 4 years ago
  4. 2plus2equals5

    I say only one word: lol

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    I note he’s only comparing it to other Nintendo platforms. Which were all hacked to pieces in seconds. Maybe the 3DS will last a week? :-)

    #5 4 years ago

    I don’t think the heyday of piracy will be over until all hardware is in a cloud, where they can’t get to it.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Oh yeah… Keep dreaming about it.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. orakaa

    I can already see the hackers seeing Nintendo’s announcement and saying out loud “challenge accepted”.

    I suspect that ALL games will require an online connection or something like that.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. chronoss2

    Nintendo say this for every machine. They are hacked after first month.

    @1 : I agree :D

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    @8 DRM? Thats it? Pffff… Haa :D

    #10 4 years ago
  11. orakaa

    @10 : I really hope not -___-
    That’s really a pity when companies tend to “punish” or put restrictions on honest consumers (DRM) and encourage people to go toward illegal solutions (piracy) to get more freedom.

    When you look at PS3, it has remained “un-hacked” for YEARS (which is an accomplishement when you see most other consoles have been hacked in their first month of existence).
    I don’t think PS3′s security level was THAT high, but Sony made a smart move (at first) when they released their console with no region lock and with the possibility to install otherOS.
    It’s only when they removed the “OtherOS” function that hackers started to try and hack the PS3

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    #12 4 years ago
  13. absolutezero

    How could they possibly have a handheld console connected to the internet at all times?

    I think I shall wait, pick up the better made second generation 3DS Lite and then pirate it so I can buy American games like normal.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. trav

    Might as well just paint a bullseye on the bloody thing now.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    To be fair, he’s setting a really easy target. The Wii & DS seem to be pretty much defenceless against piracy. Making a more secure device then those 2 is far from impossible.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    I think statements like this are disingenuous. The thing is is that you can’t account for human curiosity – a hacker isn’t doing any wrong by playing around with a device they’ve bought, are they? And this is just Nintendo saying…

    SMUG MODE: We invite you to try. Resistance is useless.

    And that… is just not wise. It’s not wise because it’s just completely misunderstanding human nature.

    #16 4 years ago

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