Nintendo offers $20,000 Reward for Documentation of 3DS Exploits


Over five years after launch, Nintendo is finally starting to make a concerted effort to stop the 3DS’ rampant homebrew and piracy scene with a twenty thousand dollar reward.

Working with HackerOne, Nintendo will be offering up to twenty thousand dollars for exploits that allow for cheating, piracy, or inappropriate interactions with children. On HackerOne’s page, they say:

Nintendo’s goal is to provide a secure environment for our customers so that they can enjoy our games and services. In order to achieve this goal, Nintendo is interested in receiving vulnerability information that researchers may discover regarding Nintendo’s platforms. Currently, in the context of the HackerOne program, Nintendo is only interested in vulnerability information regarding the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems and is not seeking vulnerability information regarding other Nintendo platforms, network service, or server-related information.
Since its release, the 3DS has been the target of a large number of exploits that allow users to run unofficial software on their devices. While these basic exploits don’t allow piracy, recent discoveries have allowed users to install custom firmware on their devices that make piracy possible. These exploits also allow for cheats and game hacks, which could cause problems for the system’s online multiplayer.
Matthew Sigler


Currently interning at Niche Gamer. I've been playing video games since I was three years old.