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A Forensic Methodology for Analyzing Nintendo 3DS Devices

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Handheld video game consoles have evolved much like their desktop counterparts over the years. The most recent eighth generation of game consoles are now defined not by their ability to interact online using a web browser, but by the social media facilities they now provide. This chapter describes a forensic methodology for analyzing Nintendo 3DS handheld video game consoles, demonstrating their potential for misuse and highlighting areas where evidence may reside. Empirical research has led to the formulation of a detailed methodology that can assist forensic examiners in maximizing evidence extraction while minimizing, if not preventing, the destruction of information.


  • Video game consoles
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Forensic analysis methodology


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Read, H., Thomas, E., Sutherland, I., Xynos, K., Burgess, M. (2016). A Forensic Methodology for Analyzing Nintendo 3DS Devices. In: Peterson, G., Shenoi, S. (eds) Advances in Digital Forensics XII. DigitalForensics 2016. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 484. Springer, Cham.

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