Software Pirates versus Code Ninjas for the Fate of the DSi

From the time it was announced, it has been no secret that Nintendo had designed the DSi to lock out pirates. And unfortunately, it seems that since pirates and homebrewers both use the same door to get into the party, it only makes sense that both groups will be left out when that door is bricked up.

To test and make sure that this is true, Australian site Gameplayer got ahold of one of the first DSies to go down under, and gave an iTouch flashcard a try. And, just as promised, the device is no-go.

“An error has occurred. Press and hold the POWER Button to turn the system off. Please refer to the Nintendo DSi Operations Manual for details”.

For the record, we did check the Operations Manual for details and we couldn’t find the section labelled ‘How to circumvent security’ or even a ‘So, you’re a pirating bastard trying to rort the system, huh?’. Strange, that.

Circumventing such a feature may be easy enough– when it comes to a guy being paid unknown gobs of cash from a huge company to design copy protection for a piece of software, and a guy poking at a keyboard out in his garage or basement in his spare time, always bet on the latter– but Nintendo has accounted for such an inevitability, with the DSi now able to implement System Updates.

Now, much like the Wii, the battle has turned into a tug-of-war between the two sides. “Essentially, it will be an epic showdown between the software pirates versus the code ninjas at Nintendo.”

Sounds like the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny to me.