Nintendo prevails in DS piracy lawsuit

Over fifty of Japan’s most prominent videogame publishers, developers and studios have been crowned victorious in a long-lasting legal battle with sellers of R4 cards in the country.

Nintendo released a press release this week confirming the good news, detailing that sellers of the hardware – which enables home-brew and pirated software to be used on Nintendo DS consoles – have had to cough up close to $1 million in damages to date.

Furthermore, Nintendo states that continued selling of such devices as the R4i – under an “unfair competition prevention law” which was revised in 2011 – will result in continued legal action.

Among the plaintiffs in the case, which ground into action when the first sellers of R4 cards were targeted as early as 2009, were Capcom, Level-5, Square Enix and Konami.