3DS “Already Cracked” “400,000 Sold”


Nintendo’s newly launched 3DS has reportedly already been cracked to run pirated software, amidst sales said to have reached 400,000.

Videos purport to show the 3DS running copied DS games without much issue:

3DS software has yet to be cracked, although with Nintendo apparently not even bothering to break ubiquitous piracy methods from the DS-era consoles, it does not seem a crack will be long in coming.

The evident lack of effort put into protecting the console has already prompted speculation that Nintendo is quietly using mass piracy as a means of increasing market penetration.

Nintendo reportedly shipped (as opposed to sold) at least 400,000 units on the first day, which have supposedly sold out in most stores – although such reports appear to be based largely on the less than reliable observations of journalists attracted to product launch stories involving long queues.

By comparison, the DS sold 441,485 in its first week, although the 3DS costs approximately $100 more than DS did at its launch.

Nintendo is also suspected of deliberately restricting supply of many of its new products to create an impression of strong sales and scant stocks, so it may be wiser to wait for official sales figures before judging its initial reception – although it appears undeniable the 3DS is off to a reasonable start.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 27/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Title is misleading. 3DS games not cracked yet. It's pretty much just a 3DS running an R4 to play old stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 27/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "Title is misleading."

    Welcome to Sankaku!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 27/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    this in a nutshell
    it plays old games
    but not 3DS games

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    11:55 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maybe that's the first step in researching the homebrew but I suspect Nintendo intentionally not secure the old DS program to increase Sales but time can tell whether their 3DS game can be Hack.

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    Comment by alidan
    12:34 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    its not that.

    its that any new security on the games would mean that they don't work, its why largely all dses are easy to pirate games on.

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    Comment by konakona
    00:13 28/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be honest, Nintendo have always been about selling their consoles than their games.

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    Comment by Stiltzkinator
    18:10 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Dangit, Neptune, get ready to transform and roll out, your old nemesis is back again...

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    Comment by MARl0
    10:54 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's just an old model R4 cart that would naturally work on the 3DS. The 3DS runs DS games after all. It was common sense that this would work on it. There are no R4 carts that will run any kind of 3DS content, and that was the point from the beginning. Original DS content was lost to the R4 ages ago, so this is hardly news.

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    Comment by JAG
    14:39 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whoever posts this is stupid. "Already Cracked"??

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    3DS "Already Cracked"
    Atlus: "No Catherine For Foreigners!"
    This is what gets me. These, the 'Quote-marked statements that aren't quotes'.
    Constantly twisting words to give this insane twist on things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    by visting here a couple of times and providing you had some intelligence or just the ability to learn, you would of been able to figure out 80% of what the article was about by reading the title...

    Comment by Dark Mage
    12:32 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Being able to run pirated DS games would help it sell and since the DS is nearing EOL I almost wonder if this was on purpose by Nintendo.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    12:58 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really wished they managed to do this on the PS3...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Butthurt Nintendo fanboy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    People who aren't interested sure seem to comment a lot. Weird, that.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    16:01 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, what if they let 3rd parties develop for "My Eyes! They Bleeeed! V1.0" aka the "Virtual Boy"...? To compensate for the lack of "Official" stuff they'd have tons of personally developed apps with the home computer programmed flash-rom chips and they'd have well made back their investment making more VB units and the occasional game... It'd be a dream for emulation of the earliest days of arcade. Frankly, say "either they make their own ROM of Space Invaders or YOU license your ancient video games these people played as bratty lads to get a few $ off of them".

    I know, (1) during college dayz one of my "Intern" products was a now defunct computer company who bet and thanks to Nintendo denying a license lost it all making "Tarnsman of Gor" for the VirtualBoy...

    It was a wonderful immersive game, even with the lack of detail possible. Had taverns and throne rooms where Kajira danced, that was a sub-game, "Training" the bitches to behave and please men! Then there was the Tarn battle scenes, the wilderness sword play, etc... And we were making a Japanese version, too with Anime inspired art, called "Fencer of Minerva" based on a non-licensed Anime very loose adaptation of the "Great One's" works... All for naught... They pulled the "Right" to make it at the last second... I'd show you a YouTube link but the Feminists, those modern women who seek to destroy men, keep complaining to get it taken down:-(

    Felt sorry for the boss.
    He'd also made homebrew games including for the nightmarish by today's standards to program for "Atari 2600". He had had some success with under the table sales of a bootleg "Exorcist" game where the priest shoots prayers and ducks bits of projectile vomit, but his adaptation of the movie "God-Emperor Caligula" which was an adult game to compete with others like "Custer's Revenge" got delayed due to license/legal bans pending past when the console market glutted and crashed. The best version had a cool wind up yer fist for power, but he'd made a time bar, you know where a bar goes exponentially from slow to fast and you try to hit it as late as possible. But Bob G. wanted to use the "Paddle" to whip up fury with the wrist, since he was a "Warlords" addict and they got in a tiff that it'd wear out those devices too quickly but the joystick button (which was sh-t) lasted longer and Bob G. didn't care that the kids' couldn't afford paddles like M&M's since they (like ME) stole his mags from the stores. (well, we couldn't BUY them, now could we!) It wasn't easy to just re-program that thing, whoa boy, and that led to the tussle that delayed it until it wasn't worth ordering the cartridges...

    Pretty cool game, you are winding up the fist for a punch of fury where da sun don't shine. Push too soon, it just squishes against the groom's arse and he laughs at you. Push it in enough time he screams! Push it at the very last 1/100th a second, he screams so loud he could burst the speakers and his head explodes! Then they had an "Arena of Death" where you threw fruit at sprites that looked like people's heads while a very unconvincing "Reaper" mechanism (Imagine the spiral from Yar's Revenge magnified) came closer and closer. That was so-so... Tiberius swimming in the pool with his "Fishes" his 3 pixel dick trying to penetrate the smaller crude sprites was halfway amusing (and disturbingly erotic, even to a non-faggot) but Bob G. was afraid it'd get him arrested even as dumb and blocky as it was.

    Again, I'd show you a YouTube link but the people who bought up the late Bob G's business are too willing to sue. (2)

    1. Actually, none of it is true! I make this up! Aahahahaa! Me veLy much humor!
    2. This, I also made up:-)

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    Comment by Nin
    23:34 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is that even a real 3DS? It doesn't look like one...

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lulz.....another FanBoy feels the sting & burn of Artefacts journalist whip!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    a coin has two sides, i like artefact's better, its interesting to read other people view on things, it lets you get a wider picture, compare, and make your own conclusions

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:01 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Could it be that He's French??

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    nintendo fanboy = trolled

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    dear nintendo fanboy; it is what it is, take it as you please; also this is good news to me, thou i dont think i'll be getting one soon =(

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Whine*- waaaaaa, English speaking non-Otaku genius business man with website HURT My Feelings!!!! - Waaaa!- lol.

    I'm waiting for the day when Aya Hirano gets hacked by a Life-Liner, who previously feed their parents the family a dead relative, prepared by Chinese workers, while playing a Pirated game about being a Pirate...while 200 pigs where buried alive and it's ALL on a Handy-Video!

    Someday Artefact will MERGE her Topic sentences - you'll see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's just wiser to wait until they release another version of 3DS with improved functions like they have been doing with all those different versions of DSes and GameBoys.

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    Comment by MARl0
    11:01 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not the best of logic considering that the previous DS systems had significant flaws (original "phat" model was ugly, clunky, and had insanely dim screens). The 3DS's only real element that needs improvement is the battery life. And since the battery can be easily removed and replaced, that's not even an issue that needs a hardware redesign.

    In other words, if you're planning on waiting until they release a redesign to buy one, you're going to be waiting a looooonnng time. Like 3+ years at the earliest—if ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    3 years? So be it then, I guess. Games will be cheaper by then too.

    Also, you forgot how small the screen is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:54 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe not.

    Costs tend to fall as production ramps up and technology ages - that applies not just to the completed units, but to the individual components therein.

    Consider then that the cost of the screens is likely to fall, and it may be possible to reduce the size of the hardware backing it up; new production process could also shrink the die and power consumption of the GPU. Either of those eventualities would allow for an improved model boasting better battery life (and in the case of the screen, potentially a bigger screen at the same cost).

    They could boost the wireless to an 802.11n version as well - so there's plenty of scope for future upgrades.

    Here's hoping they don't go too crazy though... too much choice has a habit on causing confusion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have to agree... I usually wait on consoles for a few years now to allow them time to fix the problems with them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, smart-ass

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    Comment by caiooa
    08:07 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    then i can buy my 3ds to play elite beat agents

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    stressed much??

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    Comment by Yourtime
    08:33 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    lol .. just lol.

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    Comment by H.exe
    09:14 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)


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    Comment by Sukunai
    10:22 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    The truth of the matter is my DSi XL has much bigger screens and runs everything (thanks to my Acekard 2i) and why would I want to pay several hundred for a smaller screened item that doesn't improve my situation any?

    I got the XL because the damn screens being too small were already a strain on my eyes to begin with. Being small and 3d will not enhance my experience at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Bigger screen > higher resolution? Giant pixels are your friends!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    three words: love plus HD/3D

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    Comment by MARl0
    10:56 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do know that 3D isn't the only new feature of the 3DS right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    barely a decent upgrade

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    13:15 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Yep, it's also equipped with a new feature called the Energy Eater which drains your battery life in just a few hours.

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    Comment by konakona
    00:15 28/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    You forgot eye killer =P.

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    Comment by Njrg
    10:37 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you not noticed that the 3DS is Next-gen?

    DSiXL having bigger screens doesn't make it the best system. You're retarded if screen size is the only reason to avoid a 3DS.

    And in terms of processing power, if and when the 3DS is cracked, we might be seeing N64 and PSX emulators.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Wait for 3DS v2.

    Comment by Anonymous

    great. . . now Nintendo will have to waste their time with this. . .

    I wonder what feature we'll lose as a way to prevent hacking this time. . .

    Comment by Anonymous

    Look at em yellow stubby fingers, he probably secretly works for Nintendo. Why not just buy an older cheaper DS to play those games, and aren't allot of old DS games being resold for the 3DS?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, they're not.
    The 3DS is backwards compatible, so there'd be no point in reselling games.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Just me , but i'm not seeing any differences except for the design.

    Comment by Anonymous

    This is good news for me for when I eventually buy a 3DS at it's lowered price in about a year and a half from now.

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    Comment by Benoist

    My, my, my... No real 3ds games running yet, but being able to run "old" cards is a good start. I'm eager to see how the oh-so-complex protection will perform :). http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/07/14/3ds-copy-protection-so-complex-we-cant-explain-it/

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "We can´t explaind,we can´t understand, but, YES, we can hack"

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:07 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    explain, for the "grammar-is-my-friend" users.

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