Nintendo pulls game “Freakyforms Deluxe” from 3DS eshop, mere hours after hack disclosed
A few hours ago, Hacker Plutoo released a method to hack the 3DS running on the latest firmware 11.0. The technique and tools rely on a vulnerability in 3DS game “Freakyforms Deluxe“. The game was available in both physical and digital formats… until a few minutes ago: Nintendo have now removed the digital version of the game from their eShop, according to Plutoo himself and other people from the hacking community.
People looking to hack their 3DS with this exploit will now have to get the game in physical format. I expect the prices at Amazon to skyrocket very soon. At the time of writing, this can be purchased for $22 on Amazon, and people report that you can find the game used on gamestop for $5. Note that when a similar exploit was found in game Cubic Ninja, Gamestop quickly increased the prices of the game from under $10 to prices closer to $40, according to some reports.
Bottom line is, people looking to get their hands on the exploitable game better do it quick.
Interestingly, this hack works in “offline” mode, and this will probably make it harder for Nintendo to patch it the way they formerly patched the Cubic Ninja hack “ninjhax“. Their strategy back then consisted in preventing the game from getting online access. This strategy won’t work for an exploit that is 100% self contained. And it also seemed to only have slowed down progress on ninjhax anyway.
It’s also pretty unusual for Nintendo to react so fast an pull a game within hours. It had taken them a few days for the VVVVVV indie game to be removed from the eShop when an exploit was announced in it.
In the past, hackers have found out that the best way to announce such an exploit for the PS Vita was to announce it on a Friday evening: we found out that the people in charge of updating the games availability on the Sony PSN do not work on weekends, and we also saw with experiments that each PSN store is managed locally (in other words, if you’re releasing an exploit in a game on the JP store, announcing it on Friday evening Japanese time would make sense). 3DS hackers might want to use that kind trick moving forward, to buy their audience a bit more time…