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Briefing/Quick summaryUpdate: The "3DS Emulator 1.1.7" fakeware has been renamed to eMu3Ds 0.9.5.2, see what has changed here: Changelog
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Now, this whole post started out with 3DSEmulator.org. 2 years ago, 3DSEmulator.org is a scam. Like a cockroach, throughout the years the authors keep on evolving their scam.
Even today, 3DSEmulator.org remains to be a fake, and unfortunately, have evolved their tactics to be more and more deceptive.
To be as blunt as possible, eMu3Ds is a fake, YouTube videos relating to this whole saga/phemonema are fake.
Sometimes it's extremely obvious, others, you might have to think twice and be amazed by how the 3ds graphics can be shown in a 2d video, or the power that the computers that run these supposed programs are.
Monitoring the progress of the whole situation, it seems like the entire 3DS Emulator are cloning the deceptiveness of the original source, and now, not only is 3DS Emulator.org the #1 site when you search, it's accompanied by other sites.
I would like to make it clear that although there have been considerable progress in emulating a 3DS by someone with good intentions (especially regarding homebrew applications), what I was refering to was the commercial 3DS Emulators, that claim to emulate a magnititude of 3ds games.
If you want a homebrew 3DS Emulator, then the following emulator can suit your needs: https://github.com/bunnei/citra/
Don't install eMu3DS!Instead of being plain dodgy, eMu3DS is now no-longer downloaded as an archive. At the original time of posting, it was fairly harmless to fall for the deceitful program. Now, the program is bundled full of joy- if you consider having your computer hi-jacked by malware and constantly bombarded with adware fun.
Since a picture means a thousand words, here's a almost fully visual step by step guide on how to install 3DS Emulator aka "eMu3Ds" at 3dsemulator.org
Step 0: Read all of the instructions first.
Step 1: Download the internet installer at whatever the site was again..
Step 2: Open the installer.
Step 3: Rage the night away and click on "Next" on the installer.
Step 4: Hope your computer survives and click the blue button.
Step 5: There, done, you've clicked on a button.. Congratz.. Now click on it again...
Step 6: What the, just press "Next" without reading anything...
Step 7: See, you've got a progress bar.. That means progress, like always.
Step 8: You're done!
Step 9: Actually, the installer will actually install the emulator now... I think...
Step 10: Ok, at this point, don't panic, just continue to read the instructions and everything will be just fine...
This part is intentional, so you'll be OK..
Step 11: See, it's just detecting problems.. Why the hate?
Step 12: Oh wow, it is actually getting laggy. See, the program is correct...
Step 13: Remember the BIOS? The BIOS downloader - it has an author: Somoto Israel.. You can trust the bios downloader.
Step 14: Do remember the first few steps to get the main program installed? Well, do the same here..
Step 14: And here...
Step 15: See, I guess its done...
Step 16: Open the emulator and press "OK" when you get the message below:
Step 17: See, here is a dead end.. LOL...
Step 18: THIS WHOLE INSTALLATION GUIDE IS FAKE, DON'T EVEN BOTHER STARTING STEP 1.
Step 19: Actually, you can download "my" version here: http://static.extramaster.net/eMu3Ds.zip
Step 20: And like run it...
Step 21: And like press "OK" to that...
and Step 22: Did I tell you that eMu3DS was fake?
Original ProofAs the post's url suggests, the content created below was when 3DSEmulator.org released their apparent "3DS Emulator 1.1.2". And unfortunately, most of it remains relevant today.
Analysis of the program folder
Analysis of the source code
So basically, what the 3DS Emulator 1.1.2/3DS Emulator 1.1.7/eMu3Ds 126.96.36.199/eMu3Ds 0.9.5.2 typically do, is that it opens, shows an error message that prompts you to download the "bios". Which if you do have (Hint: don't fill in their survey, create an empty folder called "3dsbios" instead) instead shows an activation error which forces you to fill in a second survey, and even if you do fill that survey in, nothing will happen; because it's fake and appears to be intended to work that way.
Analysis of the original website
Accompanying reason w/ unedited screenshotsThe following YouTube video is a complete fake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtxjTU3ns-c
It links to what apparently looks like a legitimate emulator at "http://3dsemulator.org/" and of course, after downloading it, you will get an error [the source code is included in the section above this, explaining why]:
The popup box title is "Fatal error 2.4.5.", which states that the bios is corrupted. And after downloading the "bios" at fileice...
is already in the data.dat folder.. There is NO mapping or bios, stop wasting your time.. Having a look at it further, the files in the bios folders are dated from 2005, but the 3ds was released in 2011, also there are .img files and .txd files... Does that remind you of anything? [Hint: GTA for PS2]
There really is no explanation as to why the video appears legit, but that's because we're all suckers,, since it was intended to do exactly that - Trick us...
This post was written a few years ago, but as a clarification; as of May 2014, there are no commercial 3DS Emulators that have been released yet.
Any commercial 3DS Emulators that have been "released" are fake or complete scams, just like any other emulator mentioned in this post. Why is this? Well basically, like the new PS3, companies always look for ways to protect and/or decrypt their software and games.
There have been no jailbreak released for v3.60 right up to v4.46 of the PS3; the same applies to commercial 3DS Emulators.
There have been no commercial "3DS Emulators" released yet, and just like a jailbreak for the v4.46 PS3 firmware, it's very, very unlikely that there ever will be a 3DS Emulator..
Companies are always trying to protect their software and hence, commercial "3DS Emulators" may never exist...
Made a distinction between commercial emulators and homebrew-type legitimate emulators... Initally I was refering to 3DS Emulator.org as "3DS Emulators" however I guess to make the difference clear, editing is to be had, and also because there are a lot more deceptive scams then that single site now...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xr2Vq7hYvc (dead link)
http://www.4shared.com/rar/sfJX04QX/3DS_emulatorX__bios.html (dead link)
Additional sources (the people behind similar "emulators" seemed to be working on other things):
And a big shoutout to Squall Leonhart for showing this fake and providing an image proof:
Changed version from eMu3Ds 188.8.131.52 to eMu3Ds 0.9.5.2 to look more legitimate.
Also changed the downloader so that it makes your downloader faster:
Changed name from 3DS Emulator 1.1.7 to eMu3Ds, same quality and wokring :P survey emulator, but different name
Changed error message from "Fatal error 2.4.5." to "Fatal error #01029 Missing files"
Changed the "Original Filename" from "360 emulator.exe" to "3DS Emulator 1.1.7.exe"
New filename is now called "3DS Emulator 1.1.7" instead of "3ds EmulatorX" in its previous release (1.1.2)
1.1.7 is 100kbs smaller then 1.1.2 with more functionality, such as having a longer bios error message, and having more games support (0 instead of 1)...
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According to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_URnd0u3_I this issue is more widespread then I initially thought it was - have a look at these links:
The new homepage for the ps3 emulator shown in the "Analysis of the Website" screenshot above
A now deactivated fake homepage for the ps3 emulator
It looks like there's also fake emulators out there for xbox360, and not just for ps3 and the 3ds.. As a very coincidental fact - the "3DS emulator" seems to have it's code based upon the fake xbox360 emulator...
Hopefully, to all of you, don't don't get scammed or get your time wasted the next time a chain of scams like this occur.
Hackingnation:And if you think that the 3DS Emulator at Hackingnation works, then think again..
The Nintendo 3DS Emulator – v2.9.4 is also a fake, here's a portion of it's source-code:
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Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Thread.Sleep(&H3E8) If MyProject.Computer.FileSystem.FileExists("c://3DS Emulator 2.9.4/BIOS.dll") Then Interaction.MsgBox("BIOS.dll Loaded Successfully", MsgBoxStyle.DefaultButton1, Nothing) Else Select Case Interaction.MsgBox("BIOS Update is Required before emulator can start , would you like to update now ? Click YES to download from Main Server, and NO to download from Alternative server", (MsgBoxStyle.Information Or MsgBoxStyle.YesNoCancel), "WARNING") Case MsgBoxResult.Cancel ProjectData.EndApp Exit Select Case MsgBoxResult.Yes Process.Start("http://www.fileice.net/download.php?file=45ac9") ProjectData.EndApp Exit Select Case MsgBoxResult.No Process.Start("http://downloadconfirm.net/file/03n8674") ProjectData.EndApp Exit Select End Select End If End Sub Private Sub Form1_Load_1(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) End Sub Private Sub GraphicsToolStripMenuItem_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) If MyProject.Computer.FileSystem.FileExists("c://3DS Emulator 2.9.4/Plugins/Graphics.dll") Then Interaction.MsgBox("Graphics.dll is Loaded", MsgBoxStyle.DefaultButton1, Nothing) Else Interaction.MsgBox("Graphics.dll is Missing", MsgBoxStyle.DefaultButton1, Nothing) End If End Sub If (Me.ProgressBar1.Value = Me.ProgressBar1.Maximum) Then Me.ProgressBar1.Value = Me.ProgressBar1.Minimum Me.Label1.Text = "Idle" Me.Timer1.Stop
' Have a look at this section here:
If MyProject.Computer.FileSystem.FileExists("c://3DS Emulator 2.9.4/Plugins/Audio.dll") Then Interaction.MsgBox("Failed to initialize component, make sure that you have the latest plugins dll files installed, or try reinstaling the software", MsgBoxStyle.DefaultButton1, Nothing) ElseIf MyProject.Computer.FileSystem.FileExists("c://3DS Emulator 2.9.4/Plugins/Graphics.dll") Then Interaction.MsgBox("Failed to initialize component, make sure that you have the latest plugins dll files installed, or try reinstaling the software", MsgBoxStyle.DefaultButton1, Nothing) ElseIf MyProject.Computer.FileSystem.FileExists("c://3DS Emulator 2.9.4/Plugins/Controlers.dll") Then Interaction.MsgBox("Failed to initialize component, make sure that you have the latest plugins dll files installed, or try reinstaling the software", MsgBoxStyle.DefaultButton1, Nothing) Else Select Case Interaction.MsgBox("One or more plugins are missing, Would you like to download them now from the main server ?", (MsgBoxStyle.Information Or MsgBoxStyle.YesNo), "WARNING") Case MsgBoxResult.Yes Process.Start("http://fileurl.me/3zxm1") Exit Select Case MsgBoxResult.No Interaction.MsgBox("You can download from this Alternative Server if you have problems downloading from main server", MsgBoxStyle.Information, "Plugins Required") Process.Start("http://downloadconfirm.net/file/03n8675") Exit Select End Select End If
' Either way, regardless of whether or not you have the plugins or bios, YOU LOSE!:
End If End Sub
Now what does this mean? Well, even if you have the BIOS.dll file, Plugins/Audio.dll, Plugins/Controlers.dll or Plugins/Graphics.dll the scamware will state that that file isn't at the latest version, even if it's the most current.
If you need further proof that Hackingnation's 3DS Emulator is a fake, then you can download "The Nintendo 3DS Emulator – v2.9.4" at
Go ahead, try starting it, this fake emulator will "try" to scan for "plugins" and then state that it doesn't work. Even if those file existed (completely empty or not, or if it's from the official download) it still doesn't work because the source code says so and because the program is fake.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a copy of the download, complete with the "bios" and "outdated plugins", https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1JvZsBu8DnkZTJQc0E0bnFHcms/edit?usp=sharing
The PS3 Emulator 1.9.4, conveniently created by Hackingnation is also a fake.. Surprising isn't it?
At least this around time around the "developers" offers an updated version [don't expect that to work as well..]
And like the scams from 3dsemulator.org, xbox360emulator.net and emulatorx.net the files are structured similarly...
If you've managed to fall into this trap then rest assured that you can get no viruses from this, just your time wasted filling in surveys to amount to nothing.
To clarify once again: there are no real commercial 3ds emulators out yet, and most likely will not be one. The most prevalent commercial "3ds emulator" that exists is a fake program that is currently rank #1 on Google's searches, it has been renamed multiple times starting from 3DS Emulator 1.1.2, to 3DS Emulator 1.1.7, to even eMu3Ds, all of which have turned out to be deceptive and forces you to fill in surveys.. Rest assure that the 3ds emulator that exists on 3dsemulator.org (and even hackingnation) are fake and filling in the survey will lead to nothing.