Gateway3DS had warned the scene a few weeks ago: if you use one of the Gateway3DS clones, you’ll get into trouble. In their exact words: “you have been warned”.
PS: We have noticed some serious and dangerous flaws in an unofficial Gateway emulation plugin, and we strongly urge to cease using this plugin and only use GENUINE Gateway! You have been warned!
How Gateway 3DS is bricking your 3DS
It seems some people using one of the competition’s flashcart, a device named DSTWO+, have been bricking their consoles lately, by using the latest Gateway firmware.
It’s obvious that the Gateway code is injecting a virus into the console, that will detect usage of clone flashcarts, and brick the console as a result. They’ve done it before, and to add insult to the injury, have blamed their competitors for it.
This time again, the reports are troubling. User Rashka on GBATemp reported a brick on his 3DS. Yet he owns a Gateway card. The reason for his brick? In addition to the Gateway card, he also owns a DSTWO+. Gateway don’t discriminate and don’t care that he owns a Gateway card and paid for their business. He also owns a clone, and in their eyes, deserves to be punished for it.
my 3DS XL (FW9.2) was working like a charm with my Gateway Card for 3DS and my DSTwo for DS. I’ve bought a DSTwo Plus, so that I do not have to carry more than one cartridge.
While I’ve setup the DSTwo plus, there weren’t any Problems. EmuNAND was loading via go.gateway… roms are running fine (11 Dumps, all legally owned).
After completing the setup, I’ve done 1 (one) boot to gateway mode with the Gateway card. While my next boot after, was done with the DSTWO Plus, ther was a double white screen for 10 minutes after I’ve opened the gateway link. After thes 10 minutes the 3DS automatically shut down.
Next “try” to start the 3DS end in a BlueScreen
Gateway 3DS bricks: should users be punished for buying a clone?
I find it amazing that people would be willing to give their business to that kind of group.
The real issue though, is the thousands of people who have no idea this war between piracy device manufacturers is going on. Unsuspecting users will buy the cheapest flashcart they can find, based on the advice of a friend, because “they’re all the same thing”, not knowing that this could lead to a brick.
People who state that “Gateway is in their right to protect their work against clones” are incorrectly assuming that all customers of these products are aware of the differences between Gateway 3DS and the clones. Newsflash: most people don’t know, most people don’t care, they just want to play games for free on their console, and a friend of a friend told them they had to buy a flashcart from this or that site.
There exists tools to unbrick your 3DS, but they require some hardware modifications. With a raspberry pi or an arduino, you can fix your bricked 3DS: head over to the GBATemp thread for unbrick. I can picture a juicy business of people buying bricked 3DS for cheap on eBay, fixing them, and reselling them as new.
The only sane thing to do moving forward is to stop giving your money to a group with such shady practice.
Head over to the GBATemp thread for more discussions on this ongoing topic.