R4 cards now illegal as Nintendo wins court case
If you like your Nintendo DS gaming illegal, you'd better start stumping up the reddies, because the law is spoiling the fun from today. Nintendo has won a High Court fight that to stop R4 cards - a device that can allow illegal copies of games to downloaded and played - from being bought, sold or advertised in the UK.
The R4 is a blank game card that can be loaded up with pirated software; they can be used to get hold of new releases or re-live old school Gameboy titles, but also play games created by bedroom developers, which was the defence of manufacturers Playables and Wai Dat Chan.
The judge pointed out that as a defence it was fairly piss-poor - 'homebrew' development and games may be a legitimate use for the cards, but it was hardly the most obvious use - that and the fact the cards had to bypass security measures to work.
Commenting on the case, Nintendo said:
"In the UK alone, there have been over 100,000 game copying devices seized since 2009. Nintendo initiates these actions not only on its own behalf, but also on behalf of over 1,400 video game development companies that depend on legitimate sales of games for their survival."