Ready To Rat Out R4 Sellers? Nintendo Is Here To Help

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Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that it and 54 software game companies were filing a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against companies that import "R4 Revolution"-type devices, using the Unfair Competition Prevention Law as the legal grounding.

According to Nintendo, 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.

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.

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In addition to the suit, Nintendo is turning the heat up on retailers who sell the devices by launching a website devoted to collecting information about R4 sellers. "It's getting increasingly difficult to track down R4 sellers as day by day they get more ingenious, flourishing online and complicating matters," said Nintendo in a written statement. Because of this, Nintendo is calling on the strength of the masses to eradicate the sale of these devices.

The website Nintendo has set up has an anonymous form that can be filled out. Selectable choices include retail stores, internet shops, online auctions selling R4 devices. Another choice includes "game software uploads" — or those sites or individuals making DS games available online. There's also spaces for dates and time, a box for details and another box for the shop's address or home page.

As recently as last week, countless retailers in Tokyo's Akihabara and Osaka's Den Den Town were openly carrying and selling R4 devices.

Nintendo Fraud Form [Nintendo] [Pic]

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MuramasaEdge
Muramasa Edge

Sorry in advance for annoying anyone, but in all honesty, we're talking about the Nintendo DS here- a console whose games retail between £30 and £40 and are neither the length nor quality by and large of a full title on either the PSP, PS3, XBox or even the casual 'eye-of-the' shitstorm that is the WII.

I can think of maybe three, maybe four games I'd pay for on the DS- because they're the four games I OWN for my DS (I didn't buy a DS by the way, I won it in a contest, I'd never pay for such a poor platform.) which are Mario 64, New Super Mario Brothers and both of the UK Professor Layton titles.

A massive problem I have is that they expect us to pay top whack for games that we have to ON FAITH believe are worth the price.....no demos, no real idea on wether or not a title is any good. I can buy a 360 or PS3 title at the same price that would be larger, more polished and easier to play (DS button layout is terrible, the D-Pad is a joke.) not to mention that I can try if I get the demo before I make my informed choice as a gamer.

I don't condone piracy, but in light of what I know about MY feelings on the DS, I can kinda understand why someone would have an R4 card.

Nintendo expecting gamers to do them a favour after shafting them in favour of the casual market is also asking too much, it's an extremely cheeky request to make of all of us who have a WII gathering dust unused because Nintendo doesn't value our input or business anymore; unless it benefits them. No thanks Nintendo, each to their own in this case thanks to their arrogance.