Atlus’ Citizens of Earth was taken from Nintendo’s digital store on Friday evening, Atlus USA said on its Facebook page. Though its post did not mention any exploit as the cause, this exploit surfaced Friday shortly before the takedown.
Those who bought the bundle and have not redeemed the Citizens of Earth code should still be able to get the game without problem, according to NintendoEverything. We’ve verified that this process still works, but if you wish to purchase it from the eShop directly, you’ll have to wait until it reappears on the store.
There isn’t anything unique in Citizens of Earth that the exploit targets; in fact, the hackers said the title was selected because it was included in the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle, and so presumably there are numerous copies on users’ devices (more than 150,000 bundles were sold). Furthermore, this is a secondary exploit, so a user must have an existing homebrew entry hack through another game or app to use it.
The exploits allow users to run modified or pirated software and apps on 3DS.
Citizens of Earth is still available for purchase on the Wii U, PS4, PlayStation Vita, and PC.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Platformer VVVVVVwas removed earlier this month for the same reason, while Ironfall Invasionwent through this last year but has since returned to the eShop.