By purchasing R4 cartridges, you can run pirated games on Nintendo portables. Not in France, you can't. Yesterday, Nintendo revealed that the European nation has made selling R4 devices illegal.
Other European nations where R4 devices are illegal include the UK, German, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands, where pot and prostitution are still safe.
According to an official release, the Paris Court of Appeals ruled against five R4 sellers and distributors. Criminal fines were over €460,000, and damages payable to Nintendo reached the tune of €4.8 million plus. Some of the retailers were even struck with suspended jail sentences.
The ruling sets a new French legal precedent, showing that the courts will take swift action against those selling R4 devices.
The legal crackdown began in late 2007 with a series of raids across Paris and Marseille.
"Nintendo supported this criminal action not only for the company's sake, but for the interests of its game developer partners who spend time and money legitimately developing software for Nintendo's game platforms, and customers who expect the highest standards and integrity from products bearing the Nintendo name," said Stephan Bole, Managing Director of Nintendo France, in an official release.
Nintendo launched an anti-piracy site, which allows individuals to report piracy.