Nintendo do not like pirates, or people who play “non-region approved” games on their consoles. Specifically, they’re getting in early to make sure that everybody is on their best behaviour when playing with their new 3DS. Otherwise, Big N has announced that they can – and will – disable any 3DS console that has illegal games detected on it, effectively bricking the handheld via firmware update.
The console was launched last weekend in Japan, and warning signs are now appearing in many Japanese retailers, stating that they would not buy back any 3DS hardware with custom software. We’re expecting to see similar announcements when the rest of the world gets their grubby paws on the new technology at the end of the month.
This sign was posted in Japanese chain Enterking:
“Dear customers who resell Nintendo 3DS”
“non purchase able 3DS system”
In case if you use equipment which is illegal or unapproved by Nintendo or if you do customization which is unapproved by Nintendo, there is a possibility that Nintendo 3DS become non bootable by system update.
– From Nintendo 3DS terms of agreement
Because of terms of agreement above, Enterking refuses to buy 3DS system with record of illegal or unapproved equipment.
“Request to format before you sell”
To protect from leaking your personal and internet connection information, We ask customer to format system. In case purchasing could not be established after you format 3DS system, Enterking is not responsible for lost datas and settings. Please understand before you format.
It’s common sense though, isn’t it? Wiping your console before you try to sell it back to the store?
Given that the 3DS was allegedly hacked within mere hours of hitting the streets, we’re wondering how long this copy-protection / firmware bricking regime will last. Still, it’s a good try – and something that’s worked for them in the past with a reasonable level of success. Scaring people into good behaviour is always a great idea.