Mobile gaming has been a breeding ground for piracy. PSP games were easily pirated until the launch of the PSPGo and regular piracy-foiling firmware updates for the regular PSP. The DS, both phat and lite, were easy hosts of pirated games for years. Then the DSi was launched, which was supposed to help clear up the piracy problem, but even that has been felled by the mighty blade of pirates.
THQ’s executive VP of global publishing, Ian Curran, said he heard from Nintendo that the 3DS will fight even harder against pirates. Apparently, the 3DS is so sophisticated that it was too difficult to explain to Curran, as he said, “I actually asked Nintendo to explain the technology and they said it’s very difficult to do so because it’s so sophisticated.”
I’m sorry to say, but I don’t expect the 3DS will go long without being cracked in some form or another. Be it a mod chip, a flash cart or an exploit, crackers will probably crack it.