What are the best 3ds homebrew apps?

The Nintendo 3DS might be a last-generation console but it's still a good purchase for gamers. There are plenty of games for it and it has a healthy modding community behind it developing homebrew apps for it. Here are some to check out and install on it.

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    CTRXplorer is a homebrew app for the Nintendo 3DS and serves as a file explorer to help with browsing various files on your device. It comes with a virtual keyboard for string mode editor among other features.




    Jack Banks
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "The open source SD file manager angle needs more thinking to be done. I can see the overall route but sharing files is very near and dear to people. This needs to be valued heavily. The virtual keyboard is a legit aspect as well."
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    #2CTR Streaming Server

    CTR Streaming Server

    CTR Streaming Server is a homebrew app for the Nintendo 3DS. It serves as a network server for playing both audio and video types of media sent to it from other network devices and HID reporting over the network.




    Helen Curtis
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "3DS homebrew network server is used for playing media sent to it from other network devices. It is a great way to store your media and files"
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    Allows to modify the 3DS's Play Coins counter, in other words providing infinite Play Coins. Usage is self-explanatory, just choose the number of coins you want from the list using A, then exit using B


    Nintendo 3DS


    Crystal Henderson
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "Playcoin is a great 3DS app that helps you write playcoins directly to the counter. You can change it at any time. "


The term "hacker" originated at MIT back in the 1960s? It's used to describe skilled people who practiced hardcore programming. In FORTRAN and other older languages. These so-called hackers are intelligent people who strive to seek more knowledge. They are the real pioneers of true hackers today. People viewed the term hacker as a positive label slapped onto computer gurus. People who could push computer systems beyond the defined limits. Hackers emerged out of the artificial intelligence labs at MIT in the 1960s. The Department of Defense founded a network known as ARPANET. It was as a means to link government offices. In time though, it evolved into what is today known as the Internet.

Hackers have developed methods to exploit security holes in various computer systems. The reason behind this was not to cause harm but encourage better and more secure systems. This did not stop people from viewing it in a negative way. Hackers and hacks by extension are still viewed in a negative light even today. They do have their fair share of fans though such as with gamers. Game mods are popular that adds new functionality or content to existing games. These mods are available on various platforms from PCs to handhelds. A great example of this is with the Nintendo 3DS. Modders have extended its functionality through 3DS homebrew apps. Whether you own a 3DS or thinking of getting one, you'll be able to maximize your use with it.

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    The NFCReader is a Nintendo 3DS homebrew app. The app allows users to utilize their Nintendo 3DS as an NFC/RFID UID scanner. It currently supports reading 0x4 UID size which is the common one found on today's devices.




    Diana Hughes
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "Never thought i can use my 3ds as a uid scanner without any outsied app. good on the dev for making this. my only conplaint is that its too hard to use, but once you get used to it its easy peasy"
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    #53DS Paint

    3DS Paint

    3DS Paint is a homebrew application for Nintendo 3DS. With this app, you can draw anything you want, with 7 colors and an eraser. You can also save your drawing to the SDCARD in .bmp image format.




    Rachel Hunter
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "I've started using this app a few months back when Paint on my laptop stopped working for some stupid reason. I thought this would be a temp solutions, but I realized soon that its acc better than paint itself. Sure the screen is smaller than a laptops, but the options are more vast"
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    #63DS Homebrew Browser

    3DS Homebrew Browser

    The 3DS Homebrew Browser is an app for the Nintendo 3DS that lets you browse and download homebrew applications directly to your device making the whole process of trying out homebrew apps much easier.




    Aarav Mittal
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "This is just a browser for the Homebrew on 3DS, so if you're looking for ways to create homebrew things, then this probably isn't it. If you're looking to utilize homebrew, than this is fine, if you want to create it, then you'll want something else."
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    FTPony is a homebrew application for the Nintendo 3DS. It serves as a basic FTP server, useful for testing new homebrew versions without swapping the SD card as well transferring files between devices.




    Vicky Duan
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "FTPony is definitely a unique tool. The ability to transfer files without removing and reinserting the SD card is a true time saver. Some computer knowledge is necessary, but forum is helpful in answering questions or problems."
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    This is the official app made by Reddit that is available for both Android and iOS devices. With this app, you will be connected to Reddit with infinite scroll, autoplay GIFs, and the fastest-loading interface of any Reddit app.

    Web, Android, iOS


    William Bishop
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "One of my favorite 3ds homebrew apps is actually Reddit: The Official App. This is a great little app that I can lose hours playing with. "


Best What are the best 3ds homebrew apps
1CTRXplorerApps 9 Free
2CTR Streaming ServerApps 7 Free
3PlaycoinApps 6 Free
4NFCReaderApps 5 Free
53DS PaintApps 4 Free
63DS Homebrew BrowserApps 4 Free
7FTPonyApps 0 Free
8RedditApps -12 Free

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