How to mod your 3DS on any firmware in 2018, the easy way

In 2018, can we mod 3DS with any firmware version to play free games? Should we choose hardmod or softmod on the current 3DS V11.6? And if without modding a 3DS, is there a possibility that we can hack 3ds games to play or install homebrews? Here, in this post, let me show you the easiest way to mod a 3DS in 2018 and share you the method how you can play free 3DS/NDS games without hardmod or softmod.

Mod 3DS in 2018

mod 3ds with all firmwares in 2018

That’s yes, you can mod 3DS in 2018 with either softmod or hardmod. The 2 ways are still working for now and can be used on the 3ds most recent firmware version, v11.6.0-39. But for most of you, the console users of a 3DS/3DS XL/NEW 3DS/NEW 3DS XL/2DS/2DS XL, the hardmod isn’t a good choice. It’s more complicated and you need to disassemble or solder the 3DS device.

  • Softmod 3DS: Currently, install homebrews, custom firmware or emunand to your 3DS all can be done with softmod method.
  • Hardmod 3DS: In the early days, when there is no Boot9strap, NTRboothax or Flashcard methods, all of them to hack the 3DS, we can only choose the hardmod way to jailbreak a 3DS. But from 2017, 3ds hacking scene is developed well enough to let us do anything we want without a hardmod.

How to softmod 3DS easily to play free games in 2018?

There are 2 choices for you. One is softmodding 3DS via any homebrew exploit to run Homebrew Menu on 3DS to play some old school classic games like GBA/GB/GBC/SNES/NES and other titles, the other is using Boot9strap to softmod 3ds to install a Custom Firmware to play commecial 3DS games with the CIA format.

You are able to play free games by each option. Have a CFW to run on the 3DS will give you more power!

Softmod 3DS with Homebrew exploit

install 3ds homebrew 2018

Homebrew exploits are the softwares once launched on your 3DS will enable it to run unsigned code on your 3DS, such as the Homebrew games, emulators, tools and other applications from the-third company. There is not only one homebrew entrypoint in 2018, but the primary ones with support to the latest 3ds firmware version are just Ninjhax 2.9 alpha and Freakyhax. What are they and how to setup them on your 3DS V11.6, just check the chart here. It is one mean of 3ds softmod in 2018.

Ninjhax 2.9 Alpha Freakyhax
What is it? Exploit for the game Cubic Ninja. Exploit for the game Freaky Forms Deluxe.
What do you need? A EUR/USA/JAP copy of the game (either eShop or cartridge) same.
Compatibility 3DS V9.0 to V11.6Work on all 3DS firmware models. Same.
How to set it up? 1. Go to the get ninjhax section of this page and enter your console’s firmware version.2. Submit the form; you should get your very own ninjhax QR code.

3. Download the

homebrew starter kit and extract it at the root of your SD card.4. Make sure your 3DS’s wifi connection is enabled and connected to the internet (this is important!).

5. Start CUBIC NINJA on your console, choose “Create”, then “QR code”, and finally “Scan QR code”.

6. Scan the QR Code.

7. Follow the on screen instructions. You may choose not to install the exploit to your gamecard’s savedata, though doing so is not recommended.


OPTIONAL - once the ninjhax is installed to your gamecard, just go back to the “QR code” menu and it’ll run automatically!9.

OPTIONAL – you can now run homebrew apps on your 3DS! Simply drag and drop application folders into the “3ds/” directory that was created on your SD card by ninjhax.

1. Get the latest version of freakyhax, and extract it to the root of your sdcard.2. Get the “otherapp payload” for your 3DS firmware from the homebrew launcher website.

3. Put the otherapp bin on your sdcard root and rename it to “otherapp.bin”. (On Windows you may need to disable hiding file extensions)

5. Get the homebrew starter kit from the homebrew launcher website and put it on your sdcard.

4. Start the game.

Softmod 3DS with B9S to install 3DS CFW
cfw install 3ds 2018

Install a custom firmware to the 3DS is another way to softmod 3ds. In 2018, setup 3ds cfw is much easier than before and without firmware limitation due to the release of NTRboothax and Boot9strap. Once you have one CFW installed, for example, the Luma3ds, you can play free 3ds games, bypass region lock, use “rom hacks” for games, customize your 3ds home menu and do such things.

So, how we can softmod 3ds to get a 3DS CFW? We have wrote you the easiest guide here.

What should you know?

NTRboot method

on August 12, Normmatt, kitlith, SciresM, hedgeberg and d3m3vilurr have released ntrboot_flasher for 3DS which was formerly known as MagnetPWN (MagnetHax).


On May 19, 2017 a new exploit called boot9strap was released, it is is a bootrom exploit that using for installing CFW, replacing arm9loaderhax and allowing users to get even earlier control of the system, granting code execution in the context of the bootROM and thus a cleaner environment, with no downgrades or OTP required. For now, B9S is the newest and best method of launching Custom Firmware.

What do you need?

  • NTRboothax flashcard-R4i gold 3ds plus, recommend it highly because it with pre-flashed NTRboothax in the card, users can switch between DS/NTR mode by pushing a switch and it uses the wood kernel to support ds games prefectly.
  • A 2DS/3DS (XL)/NEW 3DS (XL)/2DS XL console.
  • A magnet

What to do?

There is a complete tutorial for using R4i gold 3ds rts plus to install 3DS Custom Firmware, you can view this official link to check. Don’t be scared by the lengthy steps, it seems too long because there are many pictures and also includes the guide on how to install CIA files to your console. In fact, this way to intall a 3DS CFW is rather easy and simple than before.

Which support you play free games without modding 3DS?

download free ds 3ds games 2018

Without softmodding or hardmodding to a 3DS, you can also play free games on the console, if you have got a flashcard. Yes, R4 flashcards and 3ds flashcarts are the items hacking your 3DS to play downloaded NDS roms or 3DS roms. They are not the free softwares, you have to buy them, but they are the most simple method to jailbreak a 3ds or dsi system device to enjoy free games.

R4 card R4i sdhc 3ds and 3ds game flashcard Sky3ds+ can be described as plug&play when hacking a 3DS in 2018. What users need to do is just dowoloading cards’ firmwares and multiple roms to a microsd card, inserting a sd card to R4 or Sky3ds+, putting R4/SKY3DS+ card to the 3DS slot, then a free ds/3ds game “trip” is starting now.