I bought a brand new European SNES 3DS on ebay and the system had been modded to play all regions and it has homebrew on it and the freeshop and other programs like CIA and FBI and the Anemone.
I have downloaded every game I wanted that was in the freeshop. Not all games are there that are in the eshop. While this is cool, there are lot of cons to a modded 3DS. They are:
There are risks of getting your system banned from online Nintendo services and that means you wouldn’t be able to acecss the eshop or do online gaming.
If you create a NNID and then visit the eshop, your DLC could get deleted and you would have to redownload them every time from the freeshop and it can also delete your themes too you got for free and also delete your custom themes
If you need to get your system fixed, you can’t ship it to Nintendo to get it fixed
It voids warrenty
There is a risk of losing all your games but the same is true for when Nintendo decides to close the eshop and you don’t have enough space on your 32 gb card for all your purchased games for you to redownload
Not all games will work you download from the freeshop, for one make sure it is downloaded from the same region as your console, even if it is supposed to be all region (apparently it doesn’t work with videos but will with most 3DS games)
You can crash your 3DS if you don’t use the programs right. I have crashed mine several times with anemone due to me not using it properly. The system just shuts itself off and then I have to turn it back on and it works again like nothing happened. You have to use the anemone feature the way it was programmed like for example, to exit the app, I have to hit the start button, not the home button and then close. Also if I wisah to use a custom theme, I have to press start and then the home button, doing the home button and then close will only install the theme music but keep the other theme I had previously set. So Start and then home will install the custom theme properly.
You can’t do a system transfer and still expect it to be like it on your previous gaming system but you can transfer all the files to a bigger card and put that card in and it will still be the same like it was before but you have more blocks now. The system transfer won’t take your freeshop games and themes with it and everything would be wiped out and only things they would take are the bought ones from the eshop and it won’t take any hacked content either.
It’s complicated to do a system transfer with a hacked 3DS when you want to move it all to another 3DS.
When you open the freeshop and you installs all the themes, it overloads the theme settings section and you can’t access the theme shop or access any of your themes unless you delete enough of them. I had to go to my data management in system settings and delete the theme data and I went back to the theme shop to redownload and that was annoying but I couldn’t download all the themes because they were not originally from the Euro theme shop. It says no data is found when I try to redownload. I don’t know if me accessing the theme shop did it or the eshop. No I did not lose any of my DLC data from accessing the theme shop or eshop. Maybe because I have not created a NNID and I am too terrified to do it even though I was told by the guy who sold it to me I can create a NNID on it and it won’t affect the system and Nintendo wouldn’t be able to detect if my system was hacked and the games being from the freeshop so I can play them online as normal and that the 3DS will act like a real 3DS so I can buy games from the eshop as normal but it would only be European stuff and anything they have available in their eshop.
You can’t close your gaming system while in the freeshop and still expect the games to download and you can’t exit the app either until everything is downloaded
There are no wishlists.
There are no sections like Mario games or sonic games etc. Instead everything is scattered together so you either have to use the search button to find a game you want or go to settings and check boxes like DSIware or retail/download or SNES or NES to only see those games.
But there are also cons to a hacked 3DS:
You can download custom themes here https://themeplaza.eu/themes and use the QR code. New themes are always added to the page.
You can try any game from the freeshop just to see if you like it and you can buy the game for real if you want just so you have a legitimate copy and it’s tied to your account.
You can play any game and then delete it as if you had rented it and watch any video and then delete as if you rented it.
You can play all the DLC with a game without purchasing it and that includes all the Mii Plaza games and the Swapdoodle lessons.
The games act like real games
You can download a game that was never released in your country but I am not sure if that game would have to match with your system region. I got Nintendo Pocket Football Club and I downloaded a bunch of My Nintendo videos that were only released in Europe. The only con part was none of the American version videos would work because I kept getting an error code when I would try and play it. So I was not able to watch these Dreamwork shorts that are no longer in the eshop.
You can still back up your saved data on pirated 3ds games when you delete the game from data management under syetm settings
You can download 3DS themes that were never released in the US theme shop. I got a bunch of Hello Kitty ones and the Winx Club and Euro Nintendo Club theme and some others that were never released in the US theme shop. I only lost the ones that were not released in the Euro theme shop but yet they still show under my purchased themes but you just can’t redownload them and I can’t find the themes in the freeshop under the list of downloads I already have on my system.
Overall, while my system works like a real 3DS, none of it can be transferred to another 3DS like a normal 3DS and both systems have to be from the same region.
You also have to be computer smart to be able to hack your system because the instructions are complicated. None of it is written for dummies. It is written for as if you understand this stuff and as if you already have hacked it. Plus Nitnendo has patched all of it when I do find simple vidoes for dummies on how to do it because their instructions would only work on 3DS versions below 11.0.
But I love my modded 3DS and I have been playing it more than my primary 3DS.