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Nintendo Looking To Fight 3DS Piracy Through Firmware Updates

System could see automatic updates through SpotPass. 3DS software to include firmware updates.


Nintendo is looking into implementing an automated firmware update system for 3DS, CEO Satoru Iwata said during an investors briefing on Wednesday.

During a Q&A session at the briefing, an attendee asked if Nintendo would be implementing anti-piracy measures via the internet. Replied Iwata, "As part of the functionality of SpotPass, we're looking into having automatic system updates via the internet."

See this story for details on SpotPass and other 3DS services.

While the question had been just about piracy, Iwata added that this system wouldn't just for preventing piracy. Nintendo is hoping to also get new functionality onto 3DS systems.

Past firmware update methods have required that the player manually initiate the update. In Nintendo's experience, said Iwata, players did not do this very much.

3DS will also have a system in place for updating the firmware through package software itself. Said Iwata, "We believed this to be doable because the usable ROM size for the 3DS would become much larger."

Iwata insisted that for both types of firmware updates, piracy prevention is secondary to offering new functionality to owners.

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