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Nintendo 3DS hack: Gateway team intentionally bricks users’ 3DS, blames competitors for their “shady” practice

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111 Responses

  1. Ricky D

    While it’s kinda sh*tty that they’re bricking consoles instead of just bricking the flash carts made by clone manufacturers that just copy/paste the software you guys gotta ask yourself what did you expect? These flash carts are made solely to bootleg video games so it’s funny to see people talking about ethics with these guys

    And yes, I can run backups on my PSP, PS2, Wii, PS3, etc but I do buy games that I enjoy to support the game companies that make them so they’ll continue to make good games. My 100+ steam account and my 1800+ PSN account is proof enough of that

    My point is stop crying when something like this happens. You guys knew the risk when you modified your systems and you knew the risk when you decided to go the cheap route with clone carts that just copy/paste the code of the original. I’m sorry for the guys that had their consoles bricked, but to be perfectly honest you have nobody to blame but yourselves

  2. Roland

    For those of you out there actually seeking a good flashcart for your 3ds, I HIGHLY recommend the Supercard DSTWO.
    It does not play 3ds games but will play any DS game or homebrew. It also gets updated within a few hours of 3ds updates. All in all it’s a beautiful piece of hardware and worth the money. (Just be sure to only order from an authorized reseller, you may get a clone otherwise…)

  3. Ztupid

    @Ricky D
    Think carefully about what you just said. Gateway “INTENTIONALLY” put the codes in so that people who bought the clones would get bricked handheld console. Have you seen DarkAlex do the same when people used his works to make CFW that was 5.55+? Did you see Rebug doing the same thing? do you see hardware flasher doing the same thing? N-O. What Gateway trying to do is dominate the markets and trying to run away with what they have. They don’t EVEN have anything that allow you contact them if something happen. and for a group selling these, they’re just like True Blue dongles that came out for PS3. All they see, bottom line, is profits. Ethics comes in for a hackers. do you want to be known for the exploits you’ve found or do you want to be tied to a groups known to intentionally brick your consoles/handheld?

    This is the reason why Hackers communities tend to get bad name. it when it get exploited for profits with no supports. IF, and only WHEN it DOES happen to Vita, i ensure you that teh same group behind gateway will do the same thing. Also, don’t forget that the handheld consoles is nearly $200 just for the 3DS.

    what i’m REALLY sadden by is that, IF you know you can’t afford the games, but just go and buy Gateway for that kind of things…you’re better off going to the park and playing soccers. at least you’ll get exercise, meet different people and ACTUALLY have a rl.

    • Nhoj

      I don’t need a Vita-side hack. I can afford all the games I want and would rather not steal from indie devs. $5-10 isn’t much and the Vita’s “blockbuster” games are virtually free anyways.
      Region locking and reggie’s cocky attitude is why I hate nintendo.

    • Ricky D

      I did think before I posted and nowhere did I say Dark Alex or Team Rebug were the same as these guys. There are countless honest and reputable hackers that do it for the joy of doing it and would never put in intentional brick code in their work and certainly wouldn’t charge to aid in piracy

      Having said that cart and dongle manufacturers aren’t in the same league and the simple fact that they’re trying to make a profit by helping people rip off game companies should give you guys some insight into their character so I’ll ask again why some of you seem so shocked by this? The people that bought this stuff knew exactly what they were doing and knew exactly who they were dealing with and like I said, they have nobody to blame but themselves. It doesn’t matter if their console cost 20 bucks or 2000. If you’re dealing with shady and unethical companies like these then don’t go crying when they pull strong arm tactics. I’m not surprised by it so why are any of you?

  4. ulquiorrA_schifeR

    hey guys, just want to share this.. Some hacker from a 3ds scene has just made a potential hack for 3ds that can be CFW and will run homebrews if it booms.. here is the link http://smealum.net/?page_id=299 .. I think if this will be released, GW or any other clones out there will be the end of their business just like the TB from ps3s that become obsolete because of cobra cfw.. sorry for my bad english..

    • Ken Arromdee

      Except that he doesn’t want to release it, “to prevent piracy”. (Again, this doesn’t prevent piracy, this prevents *safe* piracy and makes companies like Gateway rich off of piracy since they’re all there is). He might be releasing a usermode exploit, which could be used to run emulators, but not 3DS ROMs, even though emulators are typically used for piracy too.

  5. wololo

    I stopped reading after a few sentences where you proved you haven’t actually read the article. Feel lucky I still salvaged your comment from the spam folder.

    If you think Gateway3ds is not made of cheap Chinese *** just like its clones, you’re not only dumb, you’re also delusional.

  6. Christopher Neff

    Too bad for you, if you indeed stopped after only a few sentences then you didn’t even get to the best part of my post, that of the piracy part. It’s near the middle and starts right at the point that literally reads: And on the topic of Piracy. Read that part, Wololo and tell me what you think. I’m dying for your feedback on that part of my post more any other part of it.

  7. Christopher Neff

    Wait it’s no where near the middle, my bad, it’s actually closer to the top than I thought.

  8. Christopher

    Well too bad for you then, if you indeed stopped after only a few sentences then you didn’t even get to the best part, that of the Piracy part. Go ahead and read that one part if nothing else Wololo and tell me what you think. It’s kind of still near the part and begins with: And on the topic of Piracy. I’m dying for your feedback on that part of my post more then any other part of it.

  9. Christopher

    Sorry, didn’t mean to post twice, my PC glitched.

  10. Ricky D

    Wow…the sense of entitlement I just sifted through. I’m sure there’s more pirates on here than not, but how do you feel you have a right to steal from a game publisher, the coders, the artists, movie producers, musicians, etc?

    Don’t get me wrong, you’re gonna do what you’re gonna do like the rest of us, but when you act like you’re entitled to do it just because you can you just make yourself look foolish and childish

    I mean honestly do you feel you’re entitled and justified in going down to your local grocery store and stealing a 6 pack just because you can get away with it?

  11. ChristopherNeff

    To answer your question as logically as possible Ricky D, I’ll just say it bluntly. Piracy is NOT stealing. That’s a myth. That’s why there’s two different words for it. Stealing is taking the actual original software or hardware in which case it is no longer in possession of it’s rightful owner. Piracy is nothing more than simply making copies of that software/hardware and either freely distributing, or selling the copies in which case, the original never left the ownership of the author. And by the time you download something from torrenting sites such as the pirate bay, what your getting is a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of the original, etc. Now trying to use software such as points card generators to hack into Wii Shop, DSI Shop, 3DS shop, PSN, XBOXLIVE, etc, could indeed be seen as actually stealing in a way simply because although your still downloading a copy, it’s a copy from the actual official store rather than from a pirate site that someone else made a copy of. If I break into ITunes store to hack their credit system to download music, that’s a form of stealing, if I get the copy from a torrenting site, that is not, because you know that no matter how many copies of copies it is, it still originated from a payer, who then made a copy, and then the downloaders made copies and so on and so forth. Does it hurt sales? Absolutely! But hurting profit and causing them to lose future money that doesn’t actually exist in their hand yet is not staeling, only if you do something to cause them to lose present money that is actually already in their hand and ownership from previous sales is it stealing. But there’s no such thing as future stealing. And digitals are endless, physical is not. Therefore, if I steal a six pack from the grocery store I am NOT IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER entitled, nor am I justified for doing so, simply because taking something physical isn’t piracy, it’s right out stealing. You can’t Pirate a physical object but you can steal it. So trying to compare physical theft with digital Piracy is like trying to compare if an apple or orange tastes better, or trying to compare a man who steals to a man who murders, and also proves you don’t understand the true difference between stealing and piracy. So now I just told you. Basically when you steal a physical object, it costs money to replace it, and the prices of other products in store often increases a little to make up for the loss, so you not only hurt the business but every customer as well, but it costs absolutely nothing to simply make another copy of something digital. If someone breaks into my house and steals a music cd, that’s obviousely stealing, but if I make a copy and either sell or give it to him, then he stole nothing. If I pay for a digital content and I make copies and give them to all my friends, they’re not stealing from the producers and the like because like I said it’s only stealing when the original is removed from the owner’s possession. If I become a music producer and someone hacks my PC and steals my song, that’s stealing, however, if they only download the copy I have online, or buys it, and then makes copies, it’s not stealing simply because all I have to do is right click, copy, and paste, and then re upload to the servers. And what does that cost me? $0.00! It’s the same with a game store. If I go to GameStop and take a PS3 Game like say God of War III for example, and I run off with it, or I break into the store at night and take it, that’s obviousely stealing. However if I go to GameStop and buy it pre owned, take it home, put it in my PC, use DVD Decrypter to rip an ISO, burn it to a disc, and mod my PS3 to play it, and then I go and take the original back and get my money back, I didn’t steal simply because the game never left their ownership or rather was returned to their ownership in the same quality as when I bought it. Same goes for renting movies as well. Now if I were to try and keep the original, and send back the copy, then yeah, you get the picture, I’m sure by now! 🙂

    • Ricky D

      I only read bits and pieces of that mess, but I gotta ask if you’re ***? You can try to justify it and quantify it any way you want to but downloading games, music, movies, whatever instead of buying them is stealing. Plain and simple. The musicians, actors, graphic designers, animators,etc, etc, etc, etc don’t get money for their work. You might as well have walked into walmart and shoved that bluray down your pants.

      Oh, and one more thing. Did you see what I did there? Did you see how I broke up thoughts into paragraphs so it’s easy to read? Nobody ever reads page long single paragraph rants. If you have a point (which I think you’re just trying to justify stealing) then think out what you’re trying to say beforehand and try to make it easy for the reader….otherwise nobody’s gonna bother to read it and you’re just wasting everybody’s time

      • Dylan H

        Nope. Illegally downloading files without buying them is NOT stealing. Is it wrong? Of course it is! While it isn’t actually theft, it is hurting the people who made the content that you are downloading without permission. Piracy is not and can never be considered stealing, as you need to be taking an actual copy of what you are pirating, if you copy it, you’re just copying, there is no physical aspect to it.

        It is wrong to pirate, but you can’t call it stealing. That’s just not the right word for it. I’m not defending the people who do this stuff, infact, I do it too. But if you’re going to try to make people sound bad for doing it, atleast get your wording right. They call it piracy for a reason, and not stealing.

        Hope this cleared things up for you. 😛

    • P2

      Piracy is stealing. Some people can’t afford the games. I was like this as a child in the PS1 era since I couldn’t afford those sweet, expensive JRPGs. I’d rather pay the makers of the game than the people giving me access to it for free.

      The giant wall of text defending piracy is kind of a sign of denial. As a game developer, I am insulted by your ignorance, Chris. Us devs work hard ya know 🙁

      • Dylan H

        Although piracy is wrong, if I were you, I would atleast be happy knowing that there is a demand for your games or software, that people actually want it. Many only pirate because they do not have the money, including myself, but if I had the cash, I would most certainly purchase the software, instead of pirating it. This doesn’t make me right, but I have a reason for doing it.

        People pirating your software is a sign that there is a demand, that your product is good. If I were you, I would be both mad and happy at the same time, they may be pirating your stuff, but atleast they like it. But hey, I don’t make games, so who am I to talk?

  12. Byte

    The “problem” with Wololo’s calculations is the the exploit only works on firmware versions 4.5 and below (lower than 4.1 can be upgraded to 4.x by a one-time use of certain game carts). Nintendo ALREADY patched Gateway before it was released (not unusual, e.g. Sony also had PSP firmware 1.51 out before swaploit/kxploit). 3DS’s that are “online” and used to access the eShop have all been upgraded.

    If GW through a new exploit gets their flashcart to work on v5.x, v6.x and v7.x it becomes a whole different story, but for now it’s a relative niche market for people with old 3DS’es.

    • Byte

      Edit: a foolproof way to downgrade to v4.5 (potentially even a fake downgrade to 4.1 followed by an “official” upgrade to 4.5) will count as well, it will allow anyone that wants to use a GW flashcart.

  13. ChristopherNeff

    What I’m saying RickyD is that when you download something that you didn’t pay for, it’s not stealing simply because who you download it from already paid for the song and can make as many copies as he wants and can give or sell them to as many people as he wants. It’s not like I’m going to the actual stores and stealing the physical copies or even hacking into the official websites to steal the downloads, but rather simply downloading from a torrenting site in which case the customer was the one who made the copy and justly did so in his own right.

    When you take an actual CD from a store, it’s stealing because it’s a physical object that the companies had to pay to make and has to pay again to make another when one is stolen, AND they’re not only losing a sale but even the money that they already paid to make. It doesn’t cost them to make more digital copies though since like I already said, you just simply right click the file and Copy then Paste. Also like I also said before, hurting profit of a company is NOT stealing simply because your only hurting profits that THEY COULD have had but since those profits didn’t actually reach their hands yet, then you stole nothing from them.

    So the profits aren’t actually rightfully theirs yet until it reaches their hand. So costing them a million dollars out of their own pocket or out of company pocket is stealing of course, but causing them to not gain a million dollars worth of profit isn’t stealing simply because if it’s not in their hands yet then it’s not yet rightfully theirs, thus anything we do to hurt future sales isn’t stealing from them.

    Or to put it in a different way to see if it actually sinks into that thick skull of yours yet, if a company makes 1,000 copies of a song and someone goes and hacks into their site to download the songs that are the original copies than that is stealing, however, if someone buys one and makes Ten Million copies and gives one to each person, neither he, nor anyone else stole *** simply because they’re only copies from the rightful buyer, and not the actual originals.

    Thus, I conclude this that when I rightfully pay for a physical Music CD from a physical store, or I buy a digital song from an online store, once that song or CD is in my hand, once I rightfully pay for it and own that copy, it’s mine to do with as ever the *** I please! The End

    • P2

      Maybe when you make a game or some sort of software and want to sell it, you’ll understand. Some of us game devs work hard for the measly scraps, ya know.

  14. Cobalt

    “If you pay for piracy, you are not only dumb, you are also giving away your money to fundamentally bad people.”

    Paying for a $50-70 cart so that you can play hundreds of dollars worth of games isn’t dumb.

    • P2

      It is if you wish to encourage game developers to make games. Of course 100 games for 60$ is a far better deal than 1 per 60$, but you do not factor in the game devs not getting any money. If everyone pirated, no one would make the great games we have.

      • Christopher

        Duh, but not everyone pirates now do they?! Exactly! Which is exactly why I can! Not everyone does it so thus I can bank off of all of the ones that DO pay their money to the developers and because of them devs can still afford to make games thus I can use the good ones as my stepping stones and ladder to the good life of pirating. Basically using the innocent payers and supporters to get my games for free.
        Does that make me a villain and the bad guy? Of Course, but then again the concept of good and evil, right and wrong, hero vs villain are nothing more than empty titles to those who rise up above the illusion and sees the Truth. You see once you see past the illusion of good and evil, you see the moralistic ones for what they really are, a resource for your own advancement, and self gratification, which is greedy and selfish but those too are just empty words to one who sees the truth and caters to ones self.
        Which is exactly what I meant by how the moralistic ones will always be below us in my first post. We pirates are above them. Let them pay for their games, songs, movies, software, etc, let them be the supporters while we Pirates get a free ride for life!
        Don’t get me wrong! They’re important and absolutely necessary to keep the devs alive but just because we need them doesn’t mean I have to be the one to carry the burden of morality. They can carry the burden while I and the rest of the Pirates can free ourselves from it all and live a light life on top with anything we want at our finger tips, instantly. The internet is now the time and era of instant gratification and by the power of the Pirate vested in me, I seize the opportunity with swift action and take dominion over all of it with an Iron Fist!!! HA HA!!
        Therefore P2 your fears of devs not making enough money is unfounded.
        Thus, I conclude that I am above ALL moralistic people as they are nothing more than a bridge and tower to my life on top, as not only a Pirate but also as a God! Sure, I’m only human, I’m no God…Yet, BUT I AM however liberated with this way of thinking AND this applies not just to pirating but to ALL things regarding morals. It’s just one of many steps to rising above that of humanity and achieving ULTIMATE PERFECTION!!!

        • P2

          No one has a moral “burden”, it’s just the fair way of things. It’s easy to steal in this day and age is all. And I completely sympathize with not having any money/ torrenting games. I was there. Now that I have income/a life, I don’t mind paying the devs to keep going. Let’s hope the pirates don’t scare the game makers off 😉

          You can type a wall of text in reply to each of my comments, it makes your denial of theft all the more obvious. lol

          • Kenneth

            I got news for you brother… Game makers are pirates. I’ve been working in the software and gaming industry as a programmer for over 10 years and just about everybody I know pirates games, music, movies and software. Most of us have a try before you buy attitude about it. If something absolutely blows my socks off and has great replay value, I support the devs and buy it. It only make logical sense to experience the product before you make the investment. Who in their right mind would just blindly hand over their money before knowing what they’re getting? Oh yeah…. Most of everybody that is alive today. smh People need to stop being so naive.

          • wololo

            @Kenneth: totally, I’ve been saying this for a while too: http://wololo.net/2012/03/28/its-not-copyright-infringement-as-long-as-its-not-a-videogame/

  15. just a user

    i bought another 3ds xl just for this hack brand new if it bricks ohh well nothing last forever and it has saved me money in the long run. i still buy the games i like im sure getting smash brothers and a few others when they come out. money isnt even an issue its just im a jew. and dont mind making a small investment before i begin to save money. as for not supporting the developers i actually work in the industry so im helping them make money. so i dont feel guilty that they dont make a few bucks off me when i move their products.

  16. Thaun

    Okay let me just start with.

    Christopher. Out of all the people I’ve had the please to call ignorant on the internet you will probably be my favorite. Simply because you’re such a dense fool that it won’t even affect you.

    pirating is stealing. Plain and simple. Yes the company hasn’t gotten the money so it isn’t their money yet. However; you have a copy of their product. Copy or not. It is their product. You don’t BUY your games, the company RENTS it to you. BECAUSE of people like you.

    It is the companies right to step in and say “this is our product, you do not have permission to use it in such a manner” and sue the heck out of you for it.

    You saying its in an “owners” hands so they can do with it what they please is false. Sony alone has stepped in and PROVEN what I’m stating to you. (just so you have some research to do, but who am I kidding. You won’t do it, you’re nothing more than arrogant trash.)

    all the people you rag on about being stupid for paying for things, are the people you NEED for your I guess you could just call it fun. And with more and more people pirating, those people will dwindle more and more over time. Leaving NOTHING.

    the concept of making and running a backup of a game was exactly that, running a backup of a game you have played for. That doesn’t mean go back and sell the game once you’ve backed it up (we all know how many people do that ffs) it means you keep it and play on the backup so you have the original in case something goes wrong. Data sits and degrades over time. But that doesn’t worry someone like you right? You’ll just download it again stealing just ONE more time, over and over.

    So go on. Ruin things for EVERYONE, be an ignorant pig. Divulge yourself in your “free” stuff while it lasts. While you slowly pull the fabric that makes the gaming industry apart, and there is no more.

    and let me end with.
    I too have and still do, own pirated things. But as I find the money I go and pay for the actual thing to give back to the creator. All in all. My apologies to everyone else. (couldn’t sit here and blow a fuse on someone without calling myself out, seems wrong on my part.)

    good day~

    • Seb

      Talk about absolute demoralisation, you sound like a hysterical madman. Getting any sense into that head of yours is simply pointless by now, you’ve dug too far into egotism and self-importance. You’re a detriment to society, and a wall of text crapped with your foul language will not justify otherwise. So just stop. I’m actually astounded by how you find the time to write all that.

      • Aaron-Caleb DeCook

        Haha Seb I like what you said. It tickled me 🙂 “you sound like a hysterical madman. ” “I’m actually astounded by how you find the time to write all that.”

  17. Thesis

    Is software piracy stealing? That really depends on the end user. The average user who down loads photo shop ($800!?! Really!?) probably not. Here’s why: intention, that person is neather making money with the software, or has the money to purchase it, and so the creator was never going to make any money off this person to begin with. This translates directly to all types of software including games.

  18. Kenneth

    Last I checked this planet we live on is run by crooks, con artists and cheaters. The most successful people in this world did not get where they are from playing fair or being honorable. Approximately 90% of all wealth is owned by 1% or less of the population. People like me are scraping by to feed our families, working around the clock with no breaks and very little to show for. The low and middle class are trapped in a loop as if running on a treadmill. Modern day slavery with the false sense of freedom. Big business reaps all the rewards at our expense while we’re distracted by their products.

    If their product can be so easily exploited, they should either improve their products or get out of the business.

  19. Hutch

    I cannot see the 3D, it just looks like an image jumping back and forth… Others see it as 3D, I just cannot… So my question is, can I play the newer games 3Drom on the old DScart, as long as the 3D is off, or the DScart can’t load the… Data(?) At all.

    In other words, could I get a 3DS ROM on the DScart if 3D is off on the system?

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