R4 Devices Are Now Illegal In France

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.

Anti-Piracy [Nintendo]


    So I went to the anti piracy Nintendo site. . .

    Why does every page have a different banner image of Mario's piercing eyes looking directly into my soul?

      I dno, but FAQ Mario seems rather curious. Maybe he has a (frequently asked) question too?

    The lulz I used to get seeing R4 cards on stalls at the Carribean Garden Markets with Nintendo Headquaters being right next to it.

      Good to see I'm not the only one who gets a chuckle at that. A large market with several stores selling R4 cards, Wii mods (both hardware and software mods) along with copied games... And Nintendo Australia's headquarters right next door. Major lulz

        I too find it hilarious, they could easily bust their operation, but they dont...strange

      Wait... Nintendo's Aussie HQ is next to that place? I used to go there all the time when I lived in Melbourne.

      If Nintendo ever came wondering in there (if they even could) everyone selling them would just bundle up their table cloths and leg it. Like I fondly remember happening so many times with police raids.

    Did they ban Acekard? M3s? All the other R4 clones?

    The R4 is an extremely powerful device. It holds all your games, it basically puts an illegal steam account on your DS. You dont have to lug around all your game carts and you can play music and watch movies on it.

    People are gonna keep making devices like this, and with the new 3DS flash carts on teh way, it looks like Nintendo is in for a long legal battle.

    I don't support the piracy but at the same time I'd rather have an R4 cartridge to carry around instead of my entire collection of games.

      It's also good for homebrew, but I think my favorite application is ScummVM, it's awesome on the DS.

      Ahhhh, once upon a time they used to beleive that if there was a legal use for something, it was legal, even if it allowed for abuse (this is why they allowed the VCR)... ahhh the good old days.

    I'd rather support a game because it increases the chances of good games getting sequels.

    I don't see what's so illegal about them (unless it's to do with something I vaguely remember about using header information from genuine carts so they don't get picked up as pirate games or whatever). I mean yeah, I understand just how ridiculously widespread they are and that the vast majority of people use them for playing games they don't own. But shouldn't a VCR be illegal too, because they allow people to copy and keep copyrighted material they don't own?

    Wait, didnt France said the r4 was legal like a year or so ago? Was this the same case but appealed?

    This just in: France are also making DVD burners, blue-ray burners, cd burners and usb drives illegal, cos they can potentially be used to copy or carry pirated software!!


    Show some fucking consistency already, dammit

    “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,”

    1st line has poor choice of words.

    I'd like to know why they've been made illegal. Just because you CAN use an object to do something illegal doesn't mean that object should be made illegal. I CAN use a car as a getaway car in a bank robbery, or as a weapon to mow down pedestrians when I go on my mad postal rampage, or while drunk and high on coke driving down the wrong side of the freeway at 150km/h, but none of those reason are valid for making a car illegal to own or sell.

    Would someone PLEASE think about the homebrew.. you know.. the HOMEBREWZ!

    Ah fuck it, I'm just gonna download the latest Mario game

    and yeah the cops are so interested on cracking down on those vicious R4 card gangs.

    killin in the name of mario it will be know as the R4 gangs fighting it out with the cops.

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