Redditor Vernm51’s parents couldn’t find a copy of Pokemon HeartGold for the DS locally for Christmas, so they ordered it online from GameStop—and received a bootleg copy that didn’t work.
Nintendo today sued a Miami-based modding business saying its operation "blatantly promotes and sells unauthorized Nintendo games" along with flash cards and other devices to copy them.
Today, Nintendo won another legal battle against R4 devices against two Japanese distributors.
This has been a long legal rodeo, with Japanese authorities cracking down on the sale of R4 cartridges. Things are getting tougher for those gamers in Japan who don't want to pony up cash for their games. R4 cartridges are devices that allow gamers to play pirated games on their Nintendo handhelds, which is why they…
Not 24 hours since its release, here's the Nintendo 3DS running the notorious R4 flash cart. It's not that much of a surprise - probably doesn't even qualify as a hack, as a 3DS is fully backward compatible with DS cartridges, essentially what this is.
Under current Japanese, it is illegal to upload or sell pirated games and movies. It is legal to copy for one's own personal use. Better get all your personal copying done pronto, because that's going to get harder.
Earlier this week, Nintendo quietly released a firmware update for its DSi handhelds, the sole purpose of which seems to be to stop people from using flashcarts on their consoles.
We do not know when Nintendo is releasing its 3D-glasses-free portable, the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has said sometime this financial year. A super shady seller of R4 cartridges, however, is more detailed.
A British high court has ruled against R4 companies Playables Limited and Wai Dat Chan. It is now illegal to import, advertise and sell R4 cartridges in the United Kingdom.
You know it. I know. People pirate Nintendo DS games. It's so bad that Nintendo is spearheading a lawsuit to stop piracy. Yet piracy continues.
Nintendo has been cracking down hard on sellers of R4 cartridges (and similar devices) lately. Want to know why? The Japanese company is blaming them for a 50% drop in sales of DS games in Europe.
Well, that was quick. Real quick.
Forget Osaka's shady R4 cartridge retailers, the city has one shop that is openly advertising the device. And rubbing it in Nintendo's face in the process.
A video game about the game industry? That could be pretty boring. Inside baseball. Zzzzzz. It would need something to sexy it up!
Nintendo has won its second legal victory of the month in Australia, with a seller of R4 flash cartridges in the country ordered to pay the Japanese company over AUD$500,000 in fines.
It's not just the Japanese throwing people in prison over R4 flash cartridges; Britain is in on the act too, with a man sentenced to prison for importing R4 carts.
Earlier this summer, a vending machine selling R4 devices appeared in Osaka's electronics district, Den-Den Town. The vending machine will be removed from the area.
Kyoto-based game company Nintendo created an anonymous form for collect information about the sale of R4 cartridges in Japan. This information will be used by Nintendo in its legal suit.
See those signs? They read, "Majikon" — Japanese for R4. And they are pointing into a random apartment building.