'R4' Nintendo DS Flash Card Outlawed in UK

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 28, 2010 8:00am PDT The infamous Nintendo DS 'R4' emulator card and other similar devices have been declared illegal to sell in the UK by a High Court ruling, Develop reports.

The R4 device and its ilk allow unauthorised programs to run on Nintendo DS handhelds--contentiously letting owners easily play pirated software and games. They will now become illegal to import, advertise or sell anywhere in the UK.

"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," the company said in a statement.

However, this ruling will also impact upon the 'homebrew' scene. Enthusiast programmers have used emulator cards to bring everything from media players and paint programs to Wikipedia readers and brand new games to the DS.

The R4 and similar devices were declared illegal to sell in Japan last year.

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  • Nintendo is criminalising a huge amount of gameshops around the world in regards to R4 and other flashcards.

    Ever since game developers started 'blackmailing' them, they turned around and started backstabbing the people that IMHO helped them retain their nr. 1 position in the world and make Hiroshi Yamauchi the richest man in japan.

    Nintendo never, since the SNES?, made any serious efforts to apply real security measures.
    Because they understood very well how to sell huge amounts of consoles by secretely allowing this for years and years. So by turning a blind eye for all those years it has made them an accomplice.

    Heck for all we know they might even have been whispering crack/hack solutions in somebodies Ear. With lightning speed almost every new console released was bypassed already before they started shipping some serious numbers around the world.

    Since they cannot get to the factories in China and are shitscared for image damage to confront their customers with their behaviour, they started demonising the middle men.

    That Nintendo has made you a coward and hypocrite !