Nintendo And 54 Companies Battle Evil R4 In Court

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Click to viewNintendo has just announced that it and 54 game software companies are filing a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against companies that import "R4 Revolution for DS"-type devices, using the Unfair Competition Prevention Law as the legal grounding. Nintendo is asking for the cease of marketing, sales and importation of these Chinese-made devices. The R4 allows easy software piracy by fitting right into the DS's cartridge slot. Data is stored on a Micro SD and downloaded from websites via a flash drive, and the R4 has a small slot that the Micro SD card goes into. In a statement released today, Nintendo announced that these R4 devices "allow illegal uploading from the internet", adding that "it is causing severe damage to our company and software makers, and this is something that we cannot possibly overlook." In conclusion, Nintendo adds that such devices hurts the growth of the entire game industry and steps must be taken regarding the legality of R4 carts. It's important to note that this legal injunction is for Japan only.


Back in November 2007, Nintendo announced that it was "keeping a close eye on the products and studying them." Earlier this spring, Nintendo apparently pressured Akihabara retailers to stop carrying the popular R4 carts.

Hit the jump for a list of some of the companies who along with Nintendo have filed in this suit.

Arc System Works
Square Enix
Takara Tomy
Bandai Namco Games
The Pokémon Company
Level Five


Jon W.

@MattB: >Your argument is based on the idea that Intellectual Property is itself a valid concept and of benefit to society. There are many people who disagree with the concept of IP at a fundamental level.<

And there are many people who think that drinking heavily and getting behind the wheel of a car is a good idea. I call Bandwagon Fallacy.

>Keep in mind that the whole purpose of copyright law is to maximize the benefit to both creators and society.<

The purpose of Copyright Law is to allow creators to control the distribution and reproduction of their work.

>If one side is favored too heavily then the other will suffer. Copyright is not and never was intended to be a rod to punish people getting things for free. There are many benefits to information and IP being shared freely with the rest of society. We should not be too quick to outright dismiss this idea as many today do.

Wow. All those words, and yet you're actually saying nothing.

>Has the owner lost a potential sale due to the item being "taken"?

If the customer would've bought the game otherwise, yes. And good luck arguing that none of the people pirating would've bought the game, because that makes them sound like thieves.

>Having said that though, holding the product price at the same level it would be if it was a supply-limited physical product is simply ignoring the economic factors in play.

Game prices are going up, in case you didn't notice.

>a production model that is no longer relevant.

As determined by who? The people who want to get something without paying?

@mhlaxp:You get a sold product without paying for it or being gifted, without permission of the owner. Sounds a lot like theft to me.

@otimus: Um, the Star Trek future was essentially Communist.

You're not a dirty Red, areya?

@hahnchen: Boy, you switched to a legal argument fast.

@Shiroi Kaze:

>For many pirates out there, I can give a guess that they probably do have physical copies of some of their games in their library.

Which is why they're putting it on the R4, right? Right?