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Nintendo 3DS hax helper

Start running homebrew games, tools, and emulators on your Nintendo 3DS family system today!

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew usually refers to software that is not authorized by Nintendo. It allows you to run homebrew games, tools like save editing and backup, and emulators for various older systems.

In most cases, running homebrew on your console is 100% free using just the Internet Browser. There are also various other exploits in commercial games to get homebrew running.

What is Custom Firmware?

Custom Firmware ("CFW") enables you to use more advanced hacks that userland homebrew can't easily do. For instance, signature patches let you install unsigned titles that appear right on your HOME Menu.

CFW can be easily set up on any console that is on 9.2.0-20 or lower. Other versions can be downgraded, most for free or with just an exploit game.

Why should I hack my console?

With Homebrew access, you can:

With using Custom Firmware, you can use everything listed above, in addition to:

How do I get these hacks?

Visit this website on your PC (if you aren't using one already), and click the "Start hax" button to begin the process.

Unless otherwise specified, you should not update your system, as you might hinder or remove your ability to run Homebrew or CFW on your device!


For issues with this website, create a new issue on GitHub.

For issues/assistance with other things (using entry points, etc.), come join us on the #3dshacks IRC channel on Rizon or 3DS Hacking Discord.

Be sure to also check out the Frequently Asked Questions.