How to Homebrew Your Original Nintendo 3DS & 2DS (11.17)



I am not responsible for any issues that may arise during this process. Follow the tutorial carefully to avoid problems. Bricking a 3DS is rare with the latest methods.


A device running Windows, MacOS, or Linux.

An Old Nintendo 3DS system (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, or Nintendo 2DS). Note: Not compatible with Newer 3DS systems.

A digital or physical copy of Mario Kart 7 (updated to v1.2).

An SD card (preferably 128 GB or larger, with a fast read speed of 120 MB per second).

An SD card reader (if using a Micro SD card).

Step 1: Updating your Nintendo 3DS

Ensure your Nintendo 3DS system is connected to the internet.

Go to "System Settings."

Check the firmware version on the top screen.

Update to the latest firmware if necessary (currently 11.17.0-50).

Step 2: Upgrading the SD Card (Optional)

If you want to upgrade your SD card, copy all files from the original SD card to your PC.

Format the new SD card to FAT32 (not EXFAT).

Copy the backup folders to the new SD card.

Step 3: Download Required Files

Download the menuhax67 and Kartminer7 files from the respective GitHub pages.

Step 4: Extract and Prepare Files

Extract the downloaded files and copy them to the SD card's root directory.

Copy your "movable.sed" file to the resources folder of the Kartminer7 files.

Follow the instructions for backing up your SD card data using Kartminer7.

Step 5: Install Boot9strap and Luma3DS

Launch your Nintendo 3DS system with the SD card inserted.

Access the Homebrew Launcher through Download Play.

Run the menuhax67_installer and remove menuhax67.

Use BruteForce Movable to get your 3DS friend code.

Download the Luma3DS custom firmware from the website and install it using GodMode9.

Automating Homebrew Installation:

Power off your console and boot into GodMode9 by holding (Start) while powering on your console.

Select "Scripts" and then "finalize" to automate homebrew installation, SD card cleanup, and system file backup.

Once the script says "Setup complete!", power off the console.

Congratulations! Your Nintendo 3DS is Fully Modded!

Now that your Nintendo 3DS is fully modded, you have access to a whole world of possibilities with homebrew applications. Let's take a look at some of the applications included in the package:

Anemone: A theme loader that allows you to apply custom themes to your Nintendo 3DS, including themes from the Theme Plaza website.

Checkpoint: A save game manager that enables you to create backups of your game saves and even apply cheats.

Homebrew Launcher: This application allows you to launch homebrew software and run .3dsx files that don't appear on the 3DS Home Menu.

Universal Updater: It may look like a configuration software, but it's actually a Homebrew Store where you can install and update various homebrew applications created by the Homebrew Community.

FBI: An open-source title manager for the 3DS that allows you to manage your installed titles and even scan QR codes for easy installation.

GodMode9: A powerful file manager that not only backs up your system NAND but also allows you to back up your physical game collection.

hShop (Homebrew Shop): The hShop is a dedicated Homebrew Store, offering a wide variety of homebrew applications created by the Homebrew Community. Browse and install new homebrew content directly from your modded Nintendo 3DS.

To ensure the safety of your modded 3DS, it's essential to keep your NAND backup in a safe place. You can export the files to your PC and make multiple backups as a precaution.

Now, you can explore the vast world of 3DS homebrew and enjoy the enhanced capabilities and features that come with custom firmware. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment down below or join our Discord server.

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