Nintendo 3DS software contains “technical protection measures” to battle piracy

Whilst it has been previously rumoured that Nintendo were to step up their countermeasures in battling piracy with their latest 3DS handheld, such a move has now been confirmed by a warning to be found on all software retail packaging for the system.

The warning, written on the rear of all Nintendo 3DS software packaging, reads:

“This product contains technical protection measures. Any unauthorised technical modification to your Nintendo 3DS system or the use of an unauthorised device with your system may render this game and/or your system unplayable.”

Whilst such a move seemed inevitable, with Nintendo CEO and President Satoru Iwata often discussing his disappointment in regards to the decline of Nintendo DS software sales in relation to the appearance of pirate R4 cards on the market, it is unclear how the company are to pursue such a move in monitoring those using the latest Nintendo 3DS handheld system.

A Nintendo spokesperson previously commented regarding such piracy measures, “We do not discuss product security details (for obvious reasons), nor can we discuss the details of countermeasures available in the Nintendo 3DS system.

“Nintendo 3DS has the most up-to-date technology. The security has been designed to protect both the creative works in the software and to protect the Nintendo 3DS hardware system itself.”

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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