GoNintendo has collected a few 3DS rumors. They say that the 3DS and its cartridges can log the id of the systems they were put in. Supposedly whenever a cartridge is put into the 3DS it reads identifying information to see if it was an approved Nintendo device. Same on the cartridge side. It creates a log if placed in a card reader. Now when you go to your local game store, they will be able to get a reader from Nintendo that will show this log. If the games show that R4 or other devices have been used then the store can refuse the trade or refund. The rumor continues that even if you don’t try to trade the system in, an update to the system will brick the system if a R4 style device has ever been used on the system.
Another rumor is that Nintendo is planning an update that will block “curse” words. Currently you can program curse words into any part of the system that accepts a user created name.
The second rumor sound very much like Nintendo. They like being a family friendly system and I can see such an update going out.
The first rumor while technically possible I really don’t think Nintendo would do it. Legally you can prevent a modified system from accessing your private network, like Xbox Live, PSN or Nintendo Wi-Fi connect. Microsoft and Sony have both banned systems from the network over modifications. What hey haven’t done, because it would be illegal, is push an update that would prevent a system from booting (i.e. bricking). Before you say “Look Sony is suing modifiers right now. Look at Gehot.” Geohot hacking his own system is perfectly legal. What Sony is suing over is the distribution of code that geohot used.
What is more likely for Nintendo is the same system they’ve been using on the Wii. Mandatory updates that come with that nice warning:
Unauthorized Modifications to Save Files
Because unauthorized modifications to save files may impair game play or the Wii console, updating to Wii Menu version 3.3 will check for and automatically remove such save files. In addition, there are some behind the scenes enhancements that do not affect any prominently-used features or menus but will improve system performance.
Even preventing a trade-in would cause trouble. Used retailers like Gamestop make too much money off a used game to deny a trade. And even if they went along with the scheme, online trading sites, ebay, amazon, and others like it will just get flooded with people selling their games directly to each other.
I think some folks are just getting paranoid. I hope. :::crosses fingers:::
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