R4 cards for Nintendo DS now illegal

High Court bans the cards after months of uncertainty.

In a move that contradicts the US Courts standing, it seems that Europe is moving to completely restrict the R4 and cards like it.

Nintendo today won a High Court battle that has resulted in making the R4 cards illegal to buy/sell or own.

The R4 card is a peripheral that allows the user to download and then play illegal copies of games on their DS, originally it was used for emulating classic Game Boy games, but more recently it's been used to play illegal copies of recent games.

The High Court ruled against Wai Dat Chan and Playables limited after it deemed the peripheral illegal due to the fact it has to bypass NIntendo's security systems in order to function.

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While Playables Ltd. pleaded that the device was to be classed under a 'homebrew' catagory, the Court ruled against however saying that in order to function it had to break strict security systems put in place by Nintendo, thus directly affecting the software built into the handheld device. The decision by the High Court is not a singular example: the Dutch courts have made 11 prosecutions against the distribution of the R4 cards, whilst in Germany theres been around 20.

Nintendo praised the ruling saying: "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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Via: MCV