Citizens of Earth contains tricky 3DS exploit, recalled from eStore

Remember that Friends of Nintendo Humble Bundle that was released last month? One of those games – Citizens of Earth – has just been pulled from the eStore after it was found to contain an impressive 3DS exploit.

Publisher Atlus has released a simple statement:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to immediately remove Citizens of Earth from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Both ATLUS and Nintendo are working together to get Citizens of Earth back up on the eShop. We apologize for the inconvenience to anyone affected by this, and assure you that we’re working to restore the game as quickly as possible.

Those “unforeseen circumstances” are exactly the sort of thing publishers hate, but a certain subset of the community loves: The bug in Citizens of Earth prevented the game from being run normally… but it allowed unsigned code to run in its place. Now known as Humblehax, it was the perfect vehicle for homebrew programs and projects, the backbone of the indie handheld community.

However, as Nintendo frowns on that sort of thing (and people were rightfully a bit annoyed that their game wasn’t running as expected), publisher Atlus pulled the game from the 3DS eShop and is fixing the problem as we speak.

If you paid for the Friends of Nintendo Humble Bundle but have yet to claim the 3DS code for Citizens of Earth, you’re out of luck (for now). The game will be returned to sale when the bug is fixed, but until then, you get nothing… unless you’d like to redeem your game on the Wii U instead of the handheld, in which case: Go for it!

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