Japan blocks sale of R4 carts

Friday, 27th February 2009 09:02 GMT By Patrick Garratt


A Japanese court has ruled that the sale of DS’s R4 cart is illegal.

From Kotaku:

The Tokyo District Court has found against the Chinese makers of the R4 – officially known as the “R4 Revolution for DS” – and granted an injunction against sales of the device, prompting Nintendo, Square Enix & Capcom to issue statements proclaiming that they’re a “violation under Japan’s laws”.

Most outlets have already halted sales of the R4 following pressure from the lawsuit (and the publishers, such as Nintendo & Capcom, backing it), but this ruling now makes it official: you can’t legally sell the thing in Japan.

More through there.



  1. Blerk

    Bit late, isn’t it? The guys who made it already quit the scene months ago.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. BillyBatts

    Frankly the use of R4 and the like should be a kick in the teeth for a company who some how see fit to charge £29.99 for what in most cases are jazzed up N64 games.

    Why don’t Nintendo try and embrace this technology instead of spending all this time trying to swat it on the head? A flash cart lets you use the DS as a media player and allows you to have all your games collection in one place. Sounds a bit like an iPod for games right? They’re quite popular aren’t they? Why not produce a licensed product and work towards digital distribution methods for DS games?

    This isn’t just going to go away, so wake up and move with the times.

    #2 6 years ago

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