Nintendo Video

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Attention: What's described here was found out by reverse-engineering Nintendo Video on a European 3DS and might not apply to Japanese Nintendo Video service.

Nintendo Video is a service allowing owners of Japanese and European 3DSes to download and watch various videos offered by Nintendo. Nintendo Video uses SpotPass to download videos even when the Nintendo Video app itself is not running.

Internet connection

To identify your 3DS's region and country, different URLs are requested by 3DS's from different countries. A URL contains a subdomain that's specific for your region (EU/USA/JP) and a country code that's specific to your country. Here's a table containing country codes and subdomains known so far:

Country Country code Region subdomain
United Kingdom 110 pubeu-p
Germany 78 pubeu-p
Netherlands 94 pubeu-p
Sweden 96 pubeu-p
USA Unknown pubus-p
Japan Unknown pubjp-p

In all requests below, COUNTRYCODE should be replaced with your country's code and COUNTRYSUBDOMAIN should be replaced with your region's subdomain.

Surprisingly, Nintendo Video uses plain unencrypted HTTP connection to transfer videos. When "Connectivity check" button is pressed, Nintendo Video sends a following HTTP request to



As you can see, no console-specific data is being sent. The server respons with either a 403 or 404 error code, where 403 means that user's region (determined by IP, I guess) doesn't match the region specified by COUNTRYCODE and 'COUNTRYSUBDOMAIN' and 404 means that everything's OK.

If everything is OK with the region check, the 3DS proceeds to download videos. It seems that support for only four videos is hardcoded into Nintendo Video app, because it makes following requests (to the same server as the CHECK query):









ESP_MDi seems to return 403 if user's region doesn't match, 404 if ith video doesn't exist and the video itself otherwise. As of 18th of July 2011, only 1st and 2nd videos are available from UK IP addresses.

These videos can easily be downloaded from any computer with IP address that matches country specified by COUNTRYCODE and COUNTRYSUBDOMAIN using wget without any special settings.

SD storage

After downloading videos, Nintendo Video stores them on the SD card. However, it's not yet known how the data is stored and it's possible that it's encrypted with a console-specific key.

File format

File format used for storing videos is not yet known either. Both videos that were available at 18th of July 2011 contained string "boss" in the first four bytes, which leads me to believe this is a "magic number" used to identify this type of file.

Offset Length
0x0 0x4 "boss"
0x4 0x4 Always 00 01 00 01
0x8 0x4 Unknown
0xC 0x7 Always 00 00 00 00 4E 1D 61
0x13 0x1 Unknown
0x14 0x8 Always 00 01 00 00 00 02 00 02

Server spoofing

In case you want to try messing with Nintendo Video, here's a description of what I did:

  1. Set up a DNS server using bind9, which returned my IP as the IP for (bind config).
    1. Don't forget to replace MY_IP in config with your IP address, but don't replace the IP of service
  2. Set up an HTTP server using nginx and put ESP_MD1, ESP_MD2 (which I have downloaded from Nintendo's servers earlier, see above) in my /var/www/1/110/1/ folder.
  3. Configured my 3DS to use my DNS server as both primary and secondary DNS server.
  4.  ???
  5. PROFIT!

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