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Posted at 4:17 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Nintendo 3DS released in Japan, already hacked

By Hayley Tsukayama

Thumbnail image for 3DS_HW_01image_Blue_E3.pngNintendo's new handheld, the 3DS doesn't hit stores in the U.S. until March 27. But it's already been released, sold out and hacked over in Japan.

Numerous reports out of Japan say that the mobile gaming unit has already mostly sold out the 400,000 units Nintendo originally shipped in Japan, and that the handheld was already hacked by gamers who wanted to play their older Nintendo handhelds. According to PC World, the hackers believe that Nintendo will likely block their ability to do this with a firmware update.

According to Kotaku, the most popular game on release day was Professor Layton and The Mask of the Miracle. Eight games launched with the 3DS in Japan -- the U.S. launch will have 18 games.

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By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 4:17 PM ET
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Umm, thanks for the news update, but what exactly does that mean that it has been "hacked"? That word can mean so many things. What was it hacked to do?

Posted by: JeffreyW75 | February 28, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"Hacked" in this case means modified. As in, it was modified so they can play old games on it. People also hack phones so they can use different carriers.

Posted by: futbolclif | February 28, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't call someone trying to play older Nintendo on the newer Nintendo a "hacking."

I've always said it was very LOW of the Nintendo people to always make newer Nintendos and have the olders ones be of no use. The newer version have newer games that can only be played in the newer Nintendos, but not the old ones. Again, that's LOW.

For anyone to modify the newer version of anything to be able to use the older ones should sahre with all the users, one way or another.
That's not hacking.

Posted by: SOCIETY1 | March 1, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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