Nintendo’s 3DS started off slow, but it’s recently seen a global surge, thanks to great games like Luigi’s Mansion 2, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Soul Hackers and my favourite game at the moment, Fire Emblem: Awakening. the surge in sales means a lot more 3rd party support – which means more great games for you. But now, there’s a spanner in the works – as it seems like somebody’s got a flashcart running on the 3DS, running downloaded ROMS.
A company claims to have created the very first 3DS flashcart capable of running 3DS “backups,” without the need to legitimately purchase software.
“The Gateway 3DS Team proudly presents the first ever video proof that many thought impossible,” they write on their website (via neoGAF) “Below we show an unedited video of the device booting 3 different backed up 3DS ROMS consecutively which are loaded on the Gateway 3DS device via microSD cards. We hope you are as excited as we are!”
No, No I’m not. Flashcarts are largely responsible for the slow demise of the original DS, which was a haven for piracy. While it did also allow for some really interesting and useful Homebrew, there’s no evidence that this new Flashcart even allows garage devs to make software for the 3DS. Nope, this is all about piracy. There’s really no reason for this device to exist. Sure, you could say that you want to play all your games without having to lug around a mess of cartridges – but nearly all 3DS games are available digitally on Nintendo’s eShop (yes, even locally!) – so that excuse just doesn’t hold.
And while, yes, this will probably drive 3Ds sales through the roof, it could end up killing support for the device. With the 3DS currently propping Nintendo up while its Wii U fails to get any tractions, it could end up killing Nintendo.
I really, really hope Nintendo can block this through firmware – but I’m not looking forward to that constant cat-and-mouse game between hackers and platform holders that usually follows.
Last Updated: July 11, 2017