Nintendo 3DS firmware updates could brick systems using flashcarts

Thursday, 10th March 2011 20:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Japanese retailer Enterking has posted a warning on its website which notifies customers that the use of flashcarts on 3DS could result in their systems getting bricked by firmware updates.

According to a post over on GoNintendo, Enterking said this could be the case when using illegal downloaded ROMs.

“Dear customers who resell Nintendo 3DS,” reads the site, “in case you use equipment which is illegal or unapproved by Nintendo or if you do customization which is unapproved by Nintendo, there is a possibility that Nintendo 3DS become non-bootable by a system update.

Because of an agreement with Nintendo, Enterking refuses to buy 3DS system with a record of illegal or unapproved equipment having been used on it.

When asked about the possibility of a system becoming virtually useless after a firmware update, Nintendo issued the following response to Eurogamer:

“We do not discuss product security details (for obvious reasons), nor can we discuss the details of countermeasures available in the Nintendo 3DS system. Nintendo 3DS has the most up-to-date technology. The security has been designed to protect both the creative works in the software and to protect the Nintendo 3DS hardware system itself.”



  1. ninjanutta

    that will end in tears.they will not get away with bricking a system due to piracy or homebrew,also i dont beleive a word of it,just dont update with the cart installed surely?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. FrankieDF

    So, they region lock the system, giving some people no options besides to
    a) Miss out on games that will never come to their region
    b) Buy a second 3DS from another region
    c) Pirate those games.

    Then they say they’ll brick your system if you go with option c. That’s nice, punish people for wanting to play video games you are forcing them into an awkward position to play.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    I think the 3DS will be cracked wide open in no time atall. It’ll still sell an absolute shit ton though…

    I think the PSP was perfect for me as an open homebrew handheld. It was great to play all my old SNES games again on the move! :)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gama_888

    Nice one nintendo, atleast there trying now :)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    Nintendo’s approach to software availability and promotion is utter garbage, it stinks. Having established that, and with no indication that that attitude is likely to improve, nor that the software available will escape the points of disinterest, being overworn or underdone in the main, the 3DS is not an attractive machine, especially with the ridiculous region locking stance that Nintendo has retreated to that only worsens the value of what they’re offering.

    #5 4 years ago

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