What are 3ds hacks or 3dshacks? Among all Nintendo 3ds hacks, which is the best one? Also, for hacking the 3DS firmware console, do we need to mod it? This article is your answer.
3DS Hacks Wiki-What are 3ds hacks and 3dshacks?
3DS Hacks means all the ways that hack or crack or jailbreak the Nintendo 3ds firmware consolea while the 3dshacks is pointing to a certain subreddit which is full of 3ds hacking news, tools, guides and questions. Nintendo 3ds hacks can be divided into 4 parts in 2018, each of them has its pros and cons. But they are all working on the latest 3ds system version, V11.6.0-39U/E/J.
3DS Hacks by Flashcard
R4 3DS hacks the 3DS to play free NDS games. R4 3DS stands for the ds flashcard with R4 brand to support DS games&homebrews on the Nintendo 3ds family handhelds. Many R4 3DS cards you can see on the Internet, but the popular to buy ones are just R4i sdhc 3ds rts, R4i gold 3ds plus, R4i gold pro 3ds, R4isdhc dual core, R4isdhc rts lite and R4i gold eu 3ds. They are at a lower price($15-$20) but with simple setup to play Thousands of NDS games on your 3DS or DSI firmware console.
|Cons||Doesn’t support 3DS Games.|
3DS Flashcards hacks the 3DS to play free 3DS games. They are the flash cartridges playing free 3ds games on your Nintendo 3ds, 2ds, new 3ds, new 3ds xl and new 2ds xl machines. We can use them and sd cards together to play multiple downloaded 3ds roms or 3ds game backups. The 3ds flash cards support all 3ds firmware versions are Sky3ds plus and Stargate 3ds. With each of them, we can nearly play every Nintendo 3ds game without buying any retail game card. Between Stargate 3ds and Sky3ds plus, the latter is better, because sky3ds plus is much cheaper, supporting more games and with less bugs.
3DS Hacks by SD Card
Install Homebrews with 3DS SD Card
Homebrews is the unofficial software made by some developers for closed systems or devices such as 3DS console. The homebrew can run either games or applications. By installing homebrew to your 3DS series device, you can achieve these targets.
-Region-free play of physical cartridge games
-Back-up of save files for games (enables sharing of save files or multiple saves on games with single save slots)
-Fan-made modifications/patches for games (language patches, re-textures, etc)
-Play games developed for 3DS via homebrew (there’s a 3DS version of Portal)
-Use other homebrew software like file browsers (homebrew Pokemon Bank in the making)
Ninjhax 2.9 and other homebrew exploits hack the 3DS to install the Homebrews. Homebrew on 3DS V11.6 isn’t 100% free. Because the 11.6 homebrew exploits are in some commercial games, such as the Cubic Ninjia. That means if you want to setup Ninjhax 2.9 on a 3DS 11.6 device, you need to have the game rom. To install Homebrews via the Ninjhax 2.9, a sd card for Nintendo 3DS is needed as well, but flashcard is not a must.
Install CFW with 3DS SD Card
3DS Custom Firmware, which means a customization of the 3DS firmware. Because of the bootloader checks, these private firmware can’t be installed directly on the 3DS firmware, and it is necessary to change the firmware in memory. This is what is “modding” a 3DS. It changes the firmware data, accesses and copies the NAND and can mess up, although usually because of its own fault (the installation is usually a little dangerous if you do not do it properly).
You need a CFW 3DS to use more advanced hacks that userland homebrew can’t easily do. For instance, signature patches let you install unsigned titles(games or homebrews) that appear right on your HOME Menu. Currently, the easiest CFW installation method is NTRboot, which uses the NTRboothax exploit, a maget and a 3ds sd card to setup the CFW/B9S on any 3DS firmware&model. The CFW exploit we mention here is the NTRboothax/Magnethax. So with the NTRboothax and the 3DS SD Card, you can install a CFW, for example the Lumad3ds to Nintendo 3DS/2DS/NEW 3DS XL/2DS XL consoles to do following things.
- Play all game cards and eShop games, regardless of region
- Customize your HOME Menu with user-created themes, badges, and splash screens
- Use “ROM hacks” for games that you own
- Take gameplay and application screenshots
- Backup, edit, and restore saves for many games
- Play games for older systems with various emulators, using RetroArch or other standalone emulators. (Works best with a New Nintendo 3DS)
- Install homebrew titles to your system, and have them appear on your HOME Menu
- Dump your game cards to a format you can install, and play them without needing the card
- New 3DS or New 2DS only: stream live gameplay to your PC wirelessly with NTR CFW
- Run many old Nintendo DS flash carts that were blocked long ago or never worked on Nintendo 3DS
- Safely update to the latest system version without fear of losing access to homebrew
3DS Hacks Guide-On 3DS V11.6
3DS Hacks via different ways needs the different instruction, we can’t write all of them here. But don’t worry, in our past posts, you can find tutorials for each method. They are for your reference here.
- 3DS Hacks Guide with the Flashcards to play free NDS/3DS games.
- 3DS Hacks Guide with the SD card to install Homebrews on 3DS V11.6.
- 3DS Hacks Guide with the SD card to setup CFW/B9S on any Nintendo 3DS.
3DS Hacks FAQ-From Gbatemp and Reddit
Q: Is it hard to hack a 3DS?
A: It’s complicated, but if you can read and follow instructions carefully, it’s not hard. Easiest 3DS hack is Flashcard, then the Homebrew exploit, the last is using NTRboot to install custom firmare.
Q: Is it dangerous to hack 3DS with flashcard, homebrew or cfw exploit?
A: No dangerous for using flashcard, but when you install homebrew or cfw via entrypoint, follow the instructions carefully, there is very little risk. Never do somthing wrong! There is a chance that you maybe brick your device cause you are adding something to your 3DS’ sd card.
Q: I’m on the latest firmware, is it hackable?
A: Yes, your console is still hackable with various 3ds hacks, CFW/Flashcard/Homebrew is available on the 3DS V11.6.0-39.
Q: Is it a must to mod 3DS for playing free games?
A: If you are just using R4 and 3DS Flashcard, no modification at all. But if you choose to install 3DS CFW or 3DS Homebrew, you are really modding it.
Q: How do I get free games on 3DS CFW, Homebrew and Flashcard?
A: With 3ds or r4 3ds card, you can just download nds/3ds games to play directly. With homebrews, you can play download and play homebrew games with or without emulator. With 3ds cfw, you should get Freeshop to play eshop 3ds games, install FBI to run CIA 3ds games, use homebrew emulators to play run old retro roms.
Q: Can I use .3ds ROMs with CFW or Flashcard or Homebrew?
A: You can play free 3ds roms or 3ds game backups directly with 3ds flash cards, and you can’t Pirate 3ds games via Homebrews. As for the 3DS CFW, you are able to play 3ds games after converting them to CIA.3dsconv is the easiest method for doing that. If the ROMs are encrypted, you should decrypt them first or generate XORpads. Decrypt9 can also automatically dump and convert a 3DS cartridge to CIA format.
Q: How can I play GBA games on 3DS CFW?
A: Use3DS Simple GBA Converter. Don’t patch AGB_FIRM, Luma3DS does this for you. If you’re still using Emu/RedNAND, you’ll have to install GBA CIAs to both SysNAND and Emu/RedNAND.
Q: Can the 3DS run DS games without a flashcart?
A: Yes, you can run some games without a flashcart. You can use TWLoader but keep in mind that game and save compatibility are much worse compared to using a flashcart. Load times are also slightly slower, but using the latest NDS-bootstrap load times are very comparable to a flashcart or regular cartridge. Since R4 3DS cards and microSD cards are relatively cheap, you’re much better off getting an R4i card in the long run compared to this free (but complicated) method, although it is very cool that DS ROM loading from SD at all is now possible!
Q: What about emulators on 3DS CFW?
A: For many systems, you want to use aVC injector. This tricks the 3DS into thinking your ROM is actually a legally purchased virtual console game, and uses Nintendo’s own (excellent) built-in emulators.
Q: Can I play other region 3ds games on 3DS CFW or 3DS Flashcard?
A: Luma3DS supports Region Free patches, which enables users to install games from any region without any extra modification or steps. But if you are using the 3ds flashcard, you need to homebrew your console, then you can play out-of region3ds games.
Q: Which microsd card should we choose for hacking 3DS?
A: The bigger the better! Technically a 4GB card is large enough, but you might have to move things on and off a couple times during the hacking process. At least an 8GB card is recommended, and they’re so cheap (like $6) that it would be silly to go with anything smaller. The 3DS will read any microSD up to and including 128GB with one small caveat: it must be formatted with FAT32. Windows will not format any card above 32GB with FAT32 on its own, so you will need to use a 3rd party program to do it.
Q: Where do I download DS and 3DS games?
A: Go to Rom2station.com, you can download Thousands of NDS/3DS game roms from there, no login, no survey, just being a customer of 3DS-Flashcard.com, you can get unlimited game code to use on that site to download free games.
Q: After hacking 3DS with different hacks, can I use the eShop?
A: Yes, you have all functions just like if you never hacked your 3DS. You can buy/download games from the eshop.
Q: Can I play 3DS games online safely?
A: If you’re using a physical flash cartridge, like Stargate 3ds or Sky3DS+, you’ll need to acquire and apply a private header before going online or you risk being temp-banned. If you’re using installed CIA files, yes. But there are only two exceptions:
- Do not play modded/hacked games online (including hacked saves)
- Do not play unreleased games online
The current theory is that Nintendo can’t even tell whether or not your device has been hacked, but they can tell if you’re playing a hacked ROM/save or if you’re playing a game before it has gone on sale. Avoid those things and you should be fine (for now).
Summary: Which Nintendo 3DS Hack is the best one?
The current best 3ds hack is NTRboot Method, it only requires a compatible flashcard for example, the R4i gold 3ds plus at 22$, a maget and 3ds microsd card. Use it to hack Nintendo 3ds, we can install CFW to have poweful functions. However, this way isn’t suitable for any 3DS console newbie or a “lazy” gamer, because you need to spend longer time to figureit out, setup and operate it. On the other hand, if you choose Flashcard, you will just learn to use it within some minutes.
The R4 3ds, Stargate 3ds and Sky3ds plus are plug&play, safe and fast to play almost every DS/3DS Retail card game!