So This is What Happens When Your 3DS Gets Console Banned…

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to get banned from Nintendo’s online services? What it’s like when your 3DS can’t connect to Nintendo Network?

Well if so, this interesting video I found online should answer those questions. Posted on Voat by a user called G4, it shows what happens when a hacked 3DS gets banned from Nintendo Network by the system. Here it is:

Basically, when you try and go online, you get the following error message:

Error Code: 002-0121

This device’s access to online services has been restricted by Nintendo.

For help, visit

It’s also apparently locked to the hardware somehow, since even deleting the Nintendo Network ID and removing various serial numbers associated with the console doesn’t let this person online again. On a more positive note, he does also say the ban only lasts 15 days, so it seems likely that most hackers will be able to return to the eShop and Nintendo Network sometime down the line.

Either way, it’s a fairly interesting look at what happens if Nintendo bans your 3DS for ‘hacking’, as well as what happens if you try and connect online regardless.


Well, my 3DS got console banned. Here’s a demo of the ban, if you have some morbid curiosity. – Voat


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3 years ago

I hope I never see it, paid too much for my handheld to be bricked.