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3DS hacked within a day of launch

Pirated DS games playable via R4; 3DS games secure for now

Nintendo's new handheld the 3DS has already been hacked to play pirated games.

While a method to play bootlegged 3DS titles has yet to emerge, crackers had copied DS titles running on the device within 24 hours of its Japanese launch on Saturday.

This was achieved with the notorious R4 flashcart, and the modification of a 'whitelist' found in the 3DS firmware which dictated the software and cartridges it could run.

At present, this whitelist purportedly must be manually hacked by any user attempting to run copied software on their RDS. Observed the R4i group responsible for the hack, "Expect Nintendo to release a firmware update to block the R4 cards once again."

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A 10-year veteran of scribbling about video games, Alec primarily writes for Rock, Paper, Shotgun, but given any opportunity he will escape his keyboard and mouse ghetto to write about any and all formats.