Nintendo DS pirate cartridges ruled illegal

High Court slaps ban on R4 carts

Nintendo wins legal battle against moody versions of it games.

Pirate cartridges used with the Nintendo DS have been ruled illegal by the High Court. The move is the culmination of a lengthy legal battle, in which Nintendo claimed the dodgy carts were harming legitimate game developers.

The cart in question is the R4 Magicard, which can be used to play illegally downloaded titles on the best-selling handheld hub. It’s now illegal to sell or advertise the R4 here in Blighty.

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R4’s maker Playables Limited, had said that the cartridges did not infringe the law because they allowed gamers to play homebrew titles, an argument which fell flat in court.

In a statement, Nintendo said it, “…promotes and fosters game development and creativity, and strongly supports the game developers who legitimately create new and innovative applications.”

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Via Eurogamer