3DS homebrew exploit all patched up

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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.

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

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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