Nintendo DS: R4 Cards now illegal in UK

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Nintendo have won a High Court ruling banning “game copiers” from the UK. Known as the R4 card it is now illegal to advertise, import and sell the devices in the United Kingdom. The cards which can be used to store and load homemade games are also used for playing illegally downloaded games on the Nintendo DS.

An article by Nicholas Deleon of Crunchgear.com is stating that the opposition to Nintendo tried to argue that the R4 cards shouldn’t be demonized because they can be used to play homebrew software, but the court didn’t agree with this.

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R4 cards are basically a blank DS game card which has a slot for a Micro SD card that can be loaded up with pirated DS games found easily on the internet. Nintendo’s argument is that the majority of R4 purchases were for this purpose. The ruling comes after several years of Nintendo campaigning against things like the R4.

A Nintendo statement 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.”

Has this ruling come a bit after the horse has bolted? Let us know your views.

  • DRIFT

    i WORK FOR GAME AND TODAY A LADY CAME INTO THE STORE WITH AN R4 CARD IN HER DS SHE WAS TRADING ITS REALLY BAD AND THE AMOUNT OF MONEY LOST DUE TO THESE PIRATES AND ITS ALWAYS LADIES LIKE MOTHERS WHO BUY THEM ITS CRAZY
    I THINK THIS IS GREAT YOU LOVE OUR GAMES BUT YET YOU DOWNLOAD GAMES ILLEGALLY AND MAKE THE GAMING INDUSTRY BROKE LOL THAT MEANS NO MORE GAMES FOOLS LOL

    • n1c0ds

      Dude, caps lock

    • nesds

      ok so how are GAME helping the industry by selling used games if you want to take that stance if i went in to game tomorrow and bought a used copy of black ops how much money would go to the publishers???? NONE its all profit for game iv never been told by your staff to buy new to support the industry lol in fact there are company's looking at taking action against stores like game for doing this

    • JP001

      Somebody should take Nintendo to court for stealing our money. Selling games at 30 quid a pop is a total a rip off. Many games are very poor with only a handful worth anything close to their extortionate prices. If they want to compete with the the fairly newcomers to the portable gaming market – apple and android – they are going to have to do some serious price slashing on all the games.

  • pirate joe

    i agree with above stop ripping us off !!!!!!!!!!!

  • John Smith

    It’s obvious that another card with the same function will come out and will therefore be available in the uk; this has achieved nothing and I can’t wait to see the properties of the next card; I might just buy a DS to get free games on it.

    The problem isn’t the pirates it’s the game developers who charge £30 for something that would cost £0.59 in the apple app store. Roll on more piracy

  • bksonic

    I am a homebrew game developer and for over 2 years now (I think), I have been developing homebrew games for the DS. Yes, I do own a flashcart (but not an R4, an Acekard 2i), as that is the only way of running the homebrew games on a real DS console. However, some of us nerdy people are using a special launcher, called the Homebrew Menu (see this link: http://wiki.devkitpro.org/index.php/Homebrew_Menu…. Basically, the launcher can be installed on an R4, Acekard or EZFlash flashcart, and would prevent commercial games (the games they sell in the shops) from working on the flashcart if they were downloaded illegally, which would mean that only homebrew games would work on the flashcart. If only someone could show this to Nintendo, as I believe that it would be helpful in developing a non-piracy flashcart for homebrew developers.

  • Jenny

    Stop overcharging us for games, music, films etc and I'm sure the world will stop downloadinng. We are in a recession and if people can get this merchandise cheaper of course they're going to do it. If you had the option to pay £30 for something or get the same thing with the same quality for nothing, what would you do?

  • denman

    Nintendo is criminalising a huge amount of gameshops around the world in regards to R4 and other flashcards.

    Ever since game developers started 'blackmailing' them, they turned around and started backstabbing the people that IMHO helped them retain their nr. 1 position in the world and make Hiroshi Yamauchi the richest man in japan.

    Nintendo never, since the SNES?, made any serious efforts to apply real security measures.
    Because they understood very well how to sell huge amounts of consoles by secretely allowing this for years and years. So by turning a blind eye for all those years it has made them an accomplice.

    Heck for all we know they might even have been whispering crack/hack solutions in somebodies Ear. With lightning speed almost every new console released was bypassed already before they started shipping some serious numbers around the world.

    Since they cannot get to the factories in China and are shitscared for image damage to confront their customers with their behaviour, they started demonising the middle men.

    That Nintendo has made you a coward and hypocrite !

    • nesds

      very true mate and even back in the snes and nes days there was ways around it