Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/10/3ds_update_bricks_the_hacked/

Retailer warns anti-pirate 3DS firmware imminent

Update said to brick consoles running iffy game copies

By Caleb Cox

Posted in Games, 10th March 2011 12:37 GMT

Hackers beware: Nintendo's next-gen handheld, the 3DS, is out of bounds.

According to one online retailer, Nintendo is readying a firmware update that will brick the device completely should any dodgy tampering be detected.

Japanese store Enterking alerted customers who wish to resell their console, that if any illegal customisation is detected, the Nintendo 3DS could become "non bootable by system update", fansite GoNintendo reports.

Hours after the device hit shelves in Japan, videos appeared which showed the console already hacked and running games stored on a card.

But be warned, if you attempt to follow suit - and Nintendo does indeed releases its anti-hack firmware update - then your console could become unusable. And we wouldn't want that now would we? ®