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Nintendo 3DS keeps track of hacks, may lead to trade-in bans

updated 12:35 pm EST, Wed March 9, 2011

Nintendo 3DS will save hack attempts, ban users?

Japanese retailer Enterking has publicly announced it will not accept Nintendo 3DS gaming consoles that have been used in conjunction with a hacked memory card for trade-in. The retailer will know whether this happened or not because the portable gaming console logs all activity, which can then be retrieved by those in the industry. Nintendo is attempting to deter pirates with this undertaking.

The most common card is the R4, with some Japanese hackers already able to install illegal DS ROMS but not games. The fact the system keeps track of any hacks and has a Wi-Fi connection could also allow Nintendo to block pirated devices from accessing online services and games.

The console is due to arrive in the US on March 27, priced at $250. [via MCVUK]

by MacNN Staff





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