I believe there is a hack in the process of being made, but noboday knows when 3DS will be hacked
Has anyone heard about this gateway 3ds flashcart before?
As far as Minecraft on the 3ds, if you can play it on every other device, why bother?
The dedicated hackers out there trying to hack the 3DS have had their hands full. Nintendo realized that the DS/DSi was broken so wide open, super friggin mario couldn't jump over it. The Nintendo programmers are paying attention to the progress of those that would hack their software. This is evident by the sheer number of updates the 3DS recieves. It seems like every time the hackers find a weak point to break in, Nintendo counters with a block. Who knows, perhaps Nintendo has a team trying to hack their own system, to better create safeguards.
The idea of hardmodding a 3DS is surely a possibility, but I've always been against hardmods, unless you're a professional or have extra consoles sitting around to bust open like a piggy bank.
Will the 3DS ever be hacked? Surely. Nintendo will hastily release a block, the modders will counter, and the race will be on, much like it was for the DS. But at this rate, by the time the hackers finally gain some ground, Nintendo will already be halfway into designing their next handheld.
Or perhaps smartphones will have destroyed the handheld gaming market by then. Who knows?
The ds only ever had a hard mod. A flash cart is a hard mod. The ds also was not update able, so other than legal action against the sellers of flash carts nintendo couldn't do anything on the ds.
The 3ds is actually very successful right now, when it was struggling people were saying mobile phone games had killed the handheld console market but that has since proven not to be the case.
Consoles may be the ones to struggle and have something to prove. Wii u is not doing well. Sony and Microsoft are going to release consoles that are going to lag behind pc power wise and pc is getting basically every big 3rd party game that comes out.
Yes, of course. When I use the term 'hardmod' i was referring to installing actual physical changes to the hardware of a device.
As far as smart phones killing handheld games, I was speaking pragmatically, and way in the future. Companies like Samsung and Apple constantly release new smartphones with powerful operating systems and a vast network of users. Nintendo and Sony might release a new handheld every few years. The buyers are there, but their technology becomes dated within a year. App companies churn out games hourly, and with the steady progression of technology, smartphone games are sure to eclipse handhelds in terms of popularity, accessibility, and playability, if they haven't already.
In my opinion, the only thing slowing down smartphones is game size. Apps are small and the gameplay is reflected as such. But if my Iphone ex plus alpha could quickly download and play Call of Duty online, what the junk do I need my Vita for?
I'm no prophet, but I'm pretty sure there will come a day when the dam will break, and a 3rd party that usually commits to Sony or Nintendo will offer an A+ quality title on a superior mobile device that will bust the industry wide open. By then, smartphones will have so much memory and drive space that downloading your library of games wont be a big deal. Or even downloading them on your PC and playing them through the cloud. I expect after that we'll see sophisticated controller accessories for smartphones.
And unless Nintendo releases a handheld with 3 screens and free voice service that syncs to every appliance in your house, what could it possibly do to fight back?
But I do agree with you about lagging consoles. The stigma between PCs and consoles needs to stop. If the average gamer bought a top of the line PC, they would be set. They could actually put it right there next to their TV, where their XBox420 is sitting. Then they could play all the good games, use their PC for work (does anyone actually do that?) and not have to subscribe to paid online services, whose only real purpose is to sell you content and keep track of all the buddies you play with.