3DS piracy fears cause developers to worry

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With an ever increasing threat of piracy, developers are beginning to share concerns regarding the future of Nintendo 3DS.

Hackers have reportedly made progress in breaching the handheld’s copy protection, with claims that an exploit has granted them full control of the system.

“If piracy gets bad on the 3DS, we will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games,” explains Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham.

“Piracy on the Nintendo DS crippled the DS retail market, especially in Europe. We’ll never know how/if Dementium II landed in as many hands as the first game, Dementium: The Ward, due to the rampant piracy at the time.”

Dementium: The Ward achieved over 100,000 sales, whereas the sequel only reached under half of such figure. Watsham believes that piracy rates were blame, with Nintendo floundering to respond.

“The good news is that Nintendo has the ability to put up a good fight against pirates due to 3DS system updates and such,” he adds. “Let’s hope this is enough to stop piracy.”

Watsham also shared his thoughts regarding those that believe piracy on Nintendo handhelds isn’t an issue.

“Some say that piracy leads to more game sales, claiming that it enables players to try before they buy. Bulls**t,” he continued.

“The percentage of people who will spend money on a game that they already got for free is surely very small – especially with so many ‘free’ games already in the market. The line between what should/should not be free is getting very blurry.”

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