It was just a few weeks ago that an exploit in the 3DS was revealed, turning the nearly forgotten Cubic Ninja into a the key to unlocking the 3DS’ secrets – at least as far as homebrewed software is concerned. It resulted in copies of the game being sold for inflated prices all over the world. And now, with a simple update, Nintendo’s fixed at least one of the three exploits used in the hack.
The homebrew hack, known as Ninjhax no longer runs, says portable device hacking site Wololo.net. The release of the brand new 3DS Firmware 9.3.0-21 today has put paid to the exploit, and the site wants those using the device for homebrew not to update.
As hacker Smealum explained to Ars Technica’s Kyle Orland, it doesnt mean that the homebrew scene on the 3DS is dead.
@KyleOrl @tinycartridge essentially we can still run unsigned code on the 3DS, but not with all the bells and whistles we used to have
— smea (@smealum) December 9, 2014
The Ninjhax exploit has not been used for piracy (yet) and has been patched up. Unfortunately – and ironically – the flashcarts that can actually be used to pirate games still function, says this dodgy site.
Have updated my console to 9.3.0-21U, tested the r4i gold 3ds, dstwo and r4i sdhc dual core, r4i gold pro, r4i sdhc rts lite, ace3ds card, r5sdhc and sky3ds card can all work on the 3ds 9.3.0-21 directly
If you spent a whack of cash getting hold of Cubic Ninja, it may have all been for naught.
Here’s what the latest 3DS firmware adds officially:
This update includes a new way to customize your system. You can now apply themes to your HOME Menu background, icons, and folders. Five free themes are available with the update, with more available to purchase and download in the Theme Shop, found on your HOME Menu. These include more colors and patterns, plus special themes based on fan-favorites such as Mario and The Legend of Zelda series that come with music, sound effects, and animations.
Last Updated: December 10, 2014
December 10, 2014 at 14:30
Cant they put bugs in the games if it’s pirated like the FOV for FC4. For instance in a Pokemon game your Pokemon dies of a disease midway through the game and your save games cannot be transferred.