Nintendo’s 3DS saw a Nipponese release this weekend – and the buzz is more than just a little positive. Their previous handheld, the DS, suffered terribly at the hands of pirates, being probably the single easiest device with which to pirate the whole generation. Nintendo are confident that’s not going to be repeated with their new 3D-enabled handheld.
It seems there’s reason for that confidence to be shaken, as there are already reports of those infamous R4 cards running on the 3DS. The 3DS is fully backwards compatible with older DS games – and it’s that slot that currently gives pirates a way in. Right now, only illicit copies of DS games can be run, but it’s inevitable that 3ds games – safe from pirate hooks at the moment – will be similarly compromised. It’s just a matter of time, really.
Video after the jump.
Last Updated: February 28, 2011