In Akihabara, R4 Retailers Take To The Streets

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Nintendo has been fighting the R4 piracy device and fighting it hard. There's a court injunction against the Chinese R4 makers for "violation under Japan's laws". Yahoo! Auctions is prohibiting the device's sale.


Earlier this month, retailers in Tokyo's geek mecca Akihabara were still carrying the device. However, stores are apparently trying to liquidate their inventory before it becomes illegal to sell R4 devices in Japan.


When it does, expect more scenes like this — guys in back allies, open car trunks, etc. And that cash register on a cardboard box? Classy.

「マジコン闇の市場」 フツーに売ってる秋葉原 [Akiba Blog]

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Gantz: Your Trusted Friend in Science.

Personally, I'm amused by how much people are trying to get the R4 when its actually very low-quality and feature light.

1 minute of actual research reveals a much broader selection of immensely better and more useful devices.

I love mine if only so I can store all of my games one instead of carrying around a pocket full of cartridges.

(believe me if you like)