Nintendo Brings Down the Ban Hammer on Modded 3DS Devices
Many owners of hacked or modded 3DS devices have found themselves under the ban hammer of Nintendo. The company has been silently disabling the online capabilities of players with modded devices, including those that not have not participated in any kind of piracy. Fortunately, the ban is not account based but device specific. This means that while players may not be able to access online features on their 3DS they will still be able to on other platforms such as the Wii U or Switch.
Banned users are finding “Error Code: 002-0102” when trying to access their friends list. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reason behind the latest ban-wave. Forum posts report that a majority of affected devices have either had custom firmware on them or had pirated games. Players using custom firmware on their modded 3DS devices can alter the device themselves, use emulators, and more. Many are beginning to assume that this is the reason behind the latest ban hammer strike. Affected players are finding that while they can play on their devices, they are not allowed to use any online features such as multiplayer, Netflix, browsers, and more.
Many modders and homebrewers are left in the cold on their modded 3DS devices, but at least the ban was not Nintendo Network ID wide. The ban seems to be permanent and has left the modding community questioning whether or not it was justified or not. Let us know your thoughts on the latest ban-wave in the comments section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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