“Heyday of piracy is over,” 3DS more resistant to it than Wii or DS, says Nintendo

Wednesday, 26 January 2011 15:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton and marketing manager James Honeywell believe that the “heyday of piracy” is over, and that 3DS will be less prone to such maladies than other Nintendo consoles.

Speaking with CVG, Yarnton said Nintendo has “learnt over time to try and improve security and protection,” and 3DS will be more resistant to piracy than any other console from the firm.

“We can’t divulge any technical details on that but needless to say this is probably one of our best pieces of equipment in that respect,” he said. “There are a lot of things we’ve learnt over time to try and improve the security and protection – not only of our IP but of our third-party publishers’ IP as well.”

Yarnton is also of the opinion that recent court rulings regarding IP protection and R4s have set “a precedent,” where piracy “won’t be a viable thing for people to do.”

UK marketing manager James Honeywell agreed, stating: “There’s definitely a step change coming and you see it in various countries around the world. People are aware that video games, music and movies make massive contributions to the economies of countries. They need to make sure they start protecting those things.”

“I think perhaps there’s been a ‘heyday of piracy’ and we’ve now seen a lot of rules come in to stop it,” added Honeywell.

3DS is out in Europe March 25 and in the US March 27.

Thanks, MCV.