Nintendo DS: R4 Cards now illegal in UK

By Gary Johnson - Jul 28, 2010

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 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.

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.”

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