R4 cards now illegal as Nintendo wins court case

July 28th, 2010 32 Comments By Paul Smith

r4dsv2  88051 zoom R4 cards now illegal as Nintendo wins court caseIf 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.”

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  1. Posted by Roger Rabbit July 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Presumably people will still be able to get it from some dodgy chinese ebay sellers. Nintendo should stop taking the piss with their prices. They charge premium rates for fairly budget games.

  2. Posted by DragonChris July 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    So expect to see the sales of NDS etc fall :)

  3. Posted by Gunn July 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Does this mean that game prices will come down as they always cite piracy as the reason prices are high, and DS games are for whatever reason the most expensive, I often end up paying more for a DS game than a PS3 one.

  4. Posted by Ted the Shed July 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Doesn’t bother me. I’ve been using my ghettoblaster and taping the carts to Memorex C90s on the ‘mono’ setting.

    You’ll never take me alive, coppers.

  5. Posted by Alex July 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Considering R4 haven’t made a good cart in years I’m wondering if this applies to all manufacturers?

  6. Posted by Spark July 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    It does apply to all cards, the R4 is just the one cited in the case.

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  8. Posted by Bored July 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Alex, its not the cards but the software u run on em, got wood?! ;-)

  9. I’d heard of these, but I have never seen one. It sounds like a good day for copyrights.

  10. Posted by Howard Moon July 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    The places that sell them will just have to move to Jersey then, bust most of them already come from HK anyway. I think the only big UK seller is really 7dayshop.

  11. Posted by Howard Moon July 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Plus, DS is shit and old now, everybody’s waiting for the 3DS ones… after the 3DS comes out sometime next year and the games all cost £50 for rehashes that we get 6 months after the rest of the world (except Australia).

  12. Posted by Pizza_D_Action July 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    So they can’t be bought, sold or advertised in the UK anymore… I thought everyone got them direct from China anyway… I got mine from my favourite extreme deals site ;)

  13. Posted by maxtweenie July 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    ‘Readies’ as in ready cash, not ‘reddies’ which is what happens to your bollocks when someone puts chilli powder in your underpants. Spelling fail again.

  14. Posted by WTF July 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    This wil only impact the DS sales.

    Oh and


  15. Posted by vibeone July 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    im a dick fuck me i have 100′s

  16. Posted by fed up man July 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    this is yet another situ where the corprate wins!!!
    i have got these for the kids and for the most part just cary backups of games we already own!
    as they have a habbit of loosing the origonal!!
    however we also use these for running there mp3 collection…..
    is this judge in his wisdom saying that this is not a fair use of such carts?

  17. Posted by Shooter McGavin July 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Terry Tibbs is the man to speak to about getting these on the black market

  18. Posted by d72 July 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Doubt that judge has ever played a computer game.

    Maybe Nintendo should lower their prices

  19. Posted by Tim July 29, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Great news. Hopefully this discourages these devices coming out for the 3DS

    “Doubt that judge has ever played a computer game.”

    ?? They’re great fun yes, but there obviously bad for the DS in the long run, devlelopers etc.

    Gamers should be delighted with this news.

  20. Posted by tin July 29, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Just ordered 2 of them – they’re going cheap now :)

  21. Posted by Faze July 29, 2010 at 1:40 am

    They really believe that this will prevent piracy?

    Oh dear..

  22. Posted by bob July 29, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Obviously they don’t otherwise they would have sacked whoever monitors these sorts of things. What they believe is it will reduce piracy, which logic dictates it will.

  23. Posted by Jonny Spandex July 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I doubt this will make a massive difference. People have been pirating so many things for years.Those are and have been illegal for a long time. It just means you buy them from a mate or as mentioned, a HK website!

  24. Posted by Nobby July 29, 2010 at 10:08 am

    The only way to stop piracy is to ban eye patches.

  25. Posted by nicholson101 July 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    “Nintendo DS Cart. Talk to me”

  26. Posted by a mathermatician July 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    greedy bastards

  27. Perhaps the music / movie industry should take computer makers to court, such as Dell – for providing the hardware to have a machine to copy CD’s and DVD’s. Or perhaps go after the browsers for having a means of browsing the interwebs ‘stealing’ things.

    I don’t see the problem, R4 aren’t around – only fakes – DSTi or M5 seem to ring a bell as the ones that are about, sorry I bought one a couple of years ago but don’t play Nintendo anymore. Do you have the story right, or is it carts with software to circumvent copyright protection / play homebrew (or however you want to word it)

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  30. i have no idea where i will be able to get these from now.
    oh, and the things you see in my online shop… erm… err… those are just erm… hang on, errrrrr
    they are not actually R4′s or DSTT’s. they are customized cases for micro sd cards, to keep them safe from being lost.
    thats it….
    plonk your valued micro sd card into one of my special cases, and you can then keep it stored in your nintendo DS where you wont lose it.. ah ha.
    think that will work?

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  32. The “nearly the same internals as all the previous models of DS” comment was as trollish as you can get, since it’s blatantly wrong and you try to refer to it as a fact, while bashing the system.

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