Nintendo pulls VVVVVV from 3DS eShop after discovery of homebrew exploit0 Comments
Terry Cavanagh, the developer behind the ultra-challenging hit indie platformer VVVVVV, recently posted a surprised-sounding update to Twitter announcing that an exploit was found within his game that allowed users to run homebrew software on the Nintendo 3DS. Now, just two days later, Nintendo has pulled his game from the North American 3DS eShop.
While the move from Nintendo likely won't surprise anyone — they have to protect their products, after all — Cavanagh himself didn't seem to see the move coming. He sent out a Tweet stating that the exploit was "not really a big deal because it's not a 'primary' exploit" just before admitting that he didn't understand what that meant. He also sent a Tweet saying, "hopefully that means I won't need a patch or anything."
Well, maybe not. It's true that the exploit isn't of the "primary" type — users still need a second hacked device in order to take advantage of it — but that didn't stop Nintendo from taking the game down posthaste. For now, there's no word from either Cavanagh or Nintendo as to whether or not VVVVVV will make a return to the 3DS eShop. Fortunately, users who really want to check out the 2010 title can still pick it up for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, iOS, Android, or Steam.
VVVVVV Pulled From North American 3DS eShop Following Discovery Of Homebrew Exploit, Nintendo Life