R4 Piracy Devices Banned In The UK

A British high court has ruled against R4 companies Playables Limited and Wai Dat Chan. It is now illegal to import, advertise and sell R4 cartridges in the United Kingdom.

The R4 emulator carts are used to pirate Nintendo DS games.

According to website Develop, the court set a legal precedent by ruling the carts were illegal because they bypass the Nintendo DS's security measures in order to run games.

"Nintendo promotes and fosters game development and creativity, and strongly supports the game developers who legitimately create new and innovative applications," Nintendo said in a written statement. "Nintendo initiates these actions not only on its own behalf, but also on behalf of over 1400 video game-development companies that depend on legitimate sales of games for their survival."

This is the second lawsuit Nintendo has won this month as the company successfully defeated the devices in the Dutch courts. Earlier this year, Nintendo won legal victories in Australia

Previously, Nintendo blamed piracy for a 50 per cent sales drop in Europe.

In Japan, Nintendo has also been launching a lawsuit against the R4 devices. Currently, there is a court injunction against the R4 devices, but they continue to be sold.

Nintendo victory as R4 emulator is outlawed [Develop Thanks, Zelda did it!]


    "Previously, Nintendo blamed piracy for a 50 per cent sales drop in Europe."

    I don't think so. I think there was a 50 percent drop in sales because they took so long to release games in the PAL regions, everyone imported the games from the NTSC regions instead.

    Thank God, although it is a bit too late.
    Every damn kid seems to have an R4 card and a bunch of games on it, and their parents bought it for them and don't think there is anything wrong with it.
    There are guys on ebay australia right now selling DSi consoles with 300 original games loaded on them. It is crazy and criminal.
    I wish they would get banned here as well, it is the most mainstream form of piracy I've ever seen, and it has to be hurting the games devs.

    R4 sucks anyway. There are better ones than this.

    You want fake DS cartridges? Buy a DS game on ebay.

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