Nintendo is stepping up its campaign in opposition to pirated video games by bringing the anti-piracy measures it launched to the Nintendo Swap to the Nintendo 3DS line of handheld consoles.
Notorious Nintendo hacker and homebrewer SciresM shared the unlucky – lucky? It relies on who you ask – information through Twitter.
Appears like 11.8.zero backports the Swap’s aauth concepts to 3ds — community comms now ship an encrypted(?) copy of app ticket to the server.They could not act on it instantly, however like on Swap this lets N completely detect pirate accesses vs regular ones, and ban nonetheless they like.July 31, 2018
The Nintendo 3DS software program replace 11.8.zero was initially considered a easy system stability replace, introducing nothing noteworthy to the interface past small enhancements – however not in response to SciresM, who’s an authority on homebrewing Nintendo consoles.
Hack this, not that
The replace permits the console to ship presumably encrypted app tickets to Nintendo’s servers each time a sport is linked to the web. If mentioned sport app got here from a supply aside from the Nintendo eShop or an official cartridge, then Nintendo reserves the appropriate to ban these consoles – and connected Nintendo Accounts – from on-line play.
It’s a disgrace for Nintendo that this transformation comes so late into the 3DS’s lifespan, because the console has turn out to be one of the vital extensively hacked and homebrewed gaming gadgets in current historical past. The transfer additionally means that Nintendo isn’t fairly completed attempting to become profitable with the 3DS – in any other case, we suspect it will be much less prone to spend improvement assets on such protections.
As an example, Nintendo has a much more laid-back stance in terms of homebrewing – and in the end piracy – on its NES Basic Mini and SNES Basic Mini retro consoles; the corporate even contains enjoyable little notes to hackers throughout the underlying code, welcoming them into the programs.
After all, the distinction right here is that Nintendo nonetheless stands to become profitable on software program gross sales for 3DS consoles, whereas it would not on the basic consoles. Pirates, you could have been warned.
By way of NintendoSoup