Thursday, May 30, 2013

The 3DS can now officially play pirated games

Nintendo has been fighting a long hard war with pirates. It's DS and Wii consoles were huge victims to it and with the 3DS and Wii U the company wanted to make sure that history wouldn't repeat itself, and for a while it seemed that way. Well, now it looks like pirates have finally won their first battle.

The Presentation Gateway 3DS is the first (and probably not the last) officially working flash cart for the 3DS. According to the site it can support any 3DS game on any system, but if you ask me it seems more of a hassle as you'll need to swap sd cards. What's more interesting, however, is how users are reacting to this. One YouTube user mentioned:
Hell yes. I'll keep buying US 3DS games but this is just perfect for pirating Capcom games and playing Jap imports.
New Love + here I goooo
And that my friend is one of the many reason why we have piracy in the first place. Needless to say Nintendo will find a way to stop this via firmware updates but the truth is nothing can stop piracy. It's inevitable. The only thing that can slow it down is to give users something better. Maybe an update that removes region lock? Then again I'm not Nintendo, just a customer who wants a bit freedom with the product I bought. 


I agree region-locking is a serious problem and is a very anti-customer practice, but the fact is the majority of people are going to use this to play for "free", not to play games they legally bought and imported. Rather than making a thieves' device, if they can manage to make something that can overcome region-locking specifically to let us play any region's ORIGINAL game carts then they got my support 100%

Even people who buy games will consider this an option just to over come region locking--that by itself opens a door to piracy.

I was given a European 3DS for Valentine. Now I'm stuck without being able to buy anything decent. Gotta pirate?

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