Nintendo’s new 3DS gaming device has only been available in Japan for a few days and hasn’t even started shipping worldwide as yet. But a few inventive hackers have already been able to modify the pocket 3D game console to run games from the illegal and infamous R4 flash card.
For those unfamiliar with the card, the R4 will circumvent copy protection systems built into the Nintendo DS console, allowing homebrew or more commonly pirate games to be played. The R4 cards have been banned in certain countries including the UK and Japan and have long been a thorn in Nintendo’s side.
The hackers have used the Nintendo’s 3DS backward compatibility with the older DS and DSi consoles to hack the new 3DS in to using the R4 cards. Expect Nintendo to roll out a fix to try and stem the use of R4 cards on its new 3DS device even though at the moment the cards will only run DS games titles and not the new 3DS games at the current time.