Despite the fact that the Nintendo 3DS only just came out yesterday, hackers have already created a tool to allow for R4 piracy cartridges to run on the 3DS. Although this won’t allow for 3DS titles to be hacked, regular DS titles that are already imported on to these illegal chips can now be played on the 3DS. This whole recent wave of piracy of major titles, such as Crysis 2 and Killzone 3, as well as hacking of major consoles such as the PS3 is really not right at all. It’s one thing for people to pirate music, as artists have alternative means of generating revenue such as touring, selling promotional paraphernalia or using the Trent Reznor business model to distribute music digitally. However, major console and PC games that aren’t released via the free-to-play social gaming model believe it or not, actually rely on consumer funding in order to continue making great games. If you want to destroy console gaming and live in a world where Facebook and social media gaming reigns supreme, then go ahead and pirate games. Facebook game already generate more revenue and will only continue to expand, so pirating mainstream titles will only serve to undo the companies revenue stream. In other words, you want a PS4? Stop pirating games.
I don’t mean to moralize, but if I have to in order to get my point across then I will. It’s really just simple logistics, ‘you no pay for game, game company no make no more games.’ Condescending? A little. Serious? A lot.
Anyway, you can check out the video to see just how the hackers over at R4 were able to perform this hack.