Yesterday, Nintindo’s first new gaming platform in 5 years was released for sale in Japan. Literally hundreds of people spent the night in the cold and wet just to purchase one of the all new 3DS handheld gaming systems. They are the ones who missed the preorder deadline back in January.
It is the first home-grown Japanese product to cause such a frenzy in years. The last time Japan’s population braved all night in the streets just to be one of the first to buy a new product came last year with the introduction of Apple’s iPad and iPhone 4.
The 3DS handheld allows gamers to play 3D games without the use of special 3D glasses. It is designed to waylay hacking and piracy. However, some have apparently found a way around the device’s protective feature. According to Japanese gamers on YouTube, the 3DS has been pirated for use with R4 cards.
The video on YouTube depicted two gamers using the card with the 3DS and playing New Super Mario Brothers, a game from a much older system. According to Afterdawn.com, 3DS games cannot be hacked with the card, but older games can be put on the card and used with the 3DS.
The anti-piracy software is one of the new features for Nintendo’s gaming systems. So far, the 3DS gaming software itself has not been hacked, but the system seems to, at the very least, have been bypassed with the use of the R4 card.
The new Nintendo 3DS handheld is slated to be released in the United States in late March.