New Nintendo 3DS Homebrew Hack Uses its Own YouTube App to Crack the Machine

By Gary Cutlack on at

A prominent member of the Nintendo hacking scene claims to have uncovered a new method of forcing the console to run unsigned code, one that uses the little machine's clunky own YouTube app to bust it open so it can run, ahem, home-developed games.

The news of the latest breach of Nintendo's security comes from Jordan Rabet, who has serious form when it comes to hacking the Japanese company's boxes. He forced the publisher to remove Ironfall: Invasion and Cubic Ninja from the eShop after finding a way to use the games' code to run unofficial software, now he's making life very difficult by utilising the YouTube player.

The method was first demonstrated in a short Vine video by Rabet, who claims his Tubehax system is for real and will trigger several enraged meetings at the hardware and software maker. Here it is, breaking in:


A full YouTube tutorial has since been released, showing the straightforward steps needed to crack the 3D machine and get The Homebrew Launcher up and running. All you need is a console loaded with a firmware version between 9.0 and 9.9, plus an SD card, the boot.3dsx file and a few other bits and bobs, then away you go into emulator heaven. [Eurogamer]