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Nintendo and 49 other companies prevail in R4 card lawsuit

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 15:40 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo along with 49 companies such as Namco bandai, Level-5, Index, Capcom, D3 Publisher and Square Enix software have won in a lawsuit brought against Majikon R4 cartridge sellers in Tokyo.

The Tokyo District Court ruled that the two R4 sellers will have to pay out ¥95,625,000 ($944,92) to platiffs involved in the suit.

In addition, due to the revised Unfair Competition Prevention Law, which came into effect in December 2011, criminal penalties are introduced for import and sale of these devices.

A complete ban was placed on R4 cards by the Japanese government in May 2012.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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18 Comments

  1. For Blood

    Um, this article is so confusing. What was the issue with cards and why are they illegal? Also the link goes to a page entirely in Japanese.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. noamlol2

    “”Go out and buy a DS and the games you want.”

    I have, but I will not play them on that device, I tried. I want the games, not the tiny screen and uncomfortable controls.

    “you may “back-up” their software”

    Yeah, I am not going to fuck around with buying a DS card reader when it’s far easier to just get it online…”

    “Again, I’d buy a digital version if Nintendo were selling it. They aren’t. If they don’t want my money then they can’t complain when I don’t give it to them.”

    the comments there are actually good

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ArithonUK

    “But only PC gamers pirate games! It’s not a console problem!”

    Myth Busted!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DarkElfa

    They’re illegal because they allow you to use roms on your dsi.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. noamlol2

    #3 well it’s mostly on poor countries when the cops themselfs pirate stuff

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mistermogul

    @3 – Dude, where have you been? Console piracy has been alive at least since the SNES, probably earlier.

    I remember some add-on for the SNES that enabled you to “backup” games onto 3 inch floppy discs. Always dreamt of having one but couldn’t afford it at the time.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. For Blood

    @4

    Thank you for explaining it. I was just so confused at the end of it and I didn’t want to click the Kotaku link and give that sensationalist site hits.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ArithonUK

    @6 I was being sarcastic – It’s frequently the given reason that piracy is why the PC always gets the short end of the stick and the consoles are free of such issues. A lie, obviously.

    @5 Poor countries like the UK and the USA and Canada? When my children had Nintendo DS consoles (2008-2011), their friends had R4 cards, DS One cards and others I don’t even know the name of with every game! The first I learned of them was when my son was playing three different Pokemon games I knew he didn’t have, using his friend’s R4 card.

    My children long since switched to iPods for portable gaming as iOS games were pocket money price, rather than the rip-off prices of DS titles.

    Nintendo are idiots, suing the stable door after the horse was downloaded.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    @8
    I think you need to do more than show it exists to show it’s a problem. It exists on both types of platform but it’s more of a problem on one of them.

    “suing the stable door after the horse was downloaded.”

    I do like that though, genuine chuckle. :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DarkElfa

    @7, you’re very welcome, sometimes it’s hard to glean good info from the loads of sarcastic and sensationalist comments.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. For Blood

    @10

    I honestly think Kotaku is by far and wide the worst “gaming” site there is. They always change the look of the site and alienate a large portion of fans and don’t get me started on Patricia Hernandez’s articles.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. dizzygear

    @11 “I honestly think Kotaku is by far and wide the worst “gaming” site there is.”

    Understatement of the year.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    @3

    XBox 360 and Playstation 3 games are pirated more than PC games, it’s just not a commonly understood issue.

    Why would I say that? There’s zero risk. With a computer, you’re risking all kinds of malware. If you don’t know what you’re installing so that you can trust it, you’re essentially giving your most private details away to the first person to get into your system. Piracy on the PC is not a risk-free system.

    However!

    If you crack a PS4 or an XBox 360, you have no worries of malware. The software is always 100 per cent malware free. That’s why, if I were a pirate, I’d pirate solely for console systems. With the security of the PS3 broken wide open, and with mods for the 360 being so simple if you know someone with even marginal technical knowledge… well.

    The difference in sales on the PC versus other platforms isn’t down to piracy, it’s down to games being ported that PC gamers don’t have much interest in. And yet the few titles that I — as a PC gamer — am interested in aren’t available for the PC. Stuff like Ratchet & Clank and Journey, so I just buy those for the consoles.

    Indie developers have a better understanding of what sells on the PC, as do small developers. Look at Larian’s Dragon Commander. Larian gets it. PC gamers are usually an older audience who’re tired of the mainstream, that’s why the PC tends to be more receptive to novel ideas. That’s why Kickstarter was and is primarily a PC/mobile thing.

    But the shareholders need to hear reasons as to why the latest Assassin’s Creed or whatever isn’t selling. And they can hardly say ‘well, PC gamers are just tired of yearly franchises, they want new and exciting IPs, so we can’t sell to them‘ can they? So they blame piracy.

    Always piracy.

    Truth is, though, that I don’t know a single PC gamer who pirates. There’s just too much risk involved to be worth it.

    It’s as simple as this: The PC audience, the mobile audience, and the console audience are very different groups of people. And the end result is like trying to sell a tentacle porn film to the American mainstream. You have to understand your demographics.

    I’ll give you an example.

    PC owners: They tend to love novelty and unusual titles, this is why indie games thrive on the PC. And due to the vast back catalogue of incredibly weird and wonderful games on the PC there’s a lot more creativity to compete with, so developers are compelled towards new and interesting ideas. Look at stuff like Vessel, The Swapper, Papo & Yo, Quantum Conundrum, Magrunner: Dark Pulse, and Dust: An Elysian Tale. These have all been very successful games. Assassin’s Creed? Not so much.

    Console owners: Console owners love spectacle and eye candy, it’s all about the show. This is why stuff like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, and God of War are popular on the console. They’re all about visual hyper stimulation. Boom! Boom! Boom! It’s also about familiarity, though. You have to use familiar settings or you’ll lose your audience, so you must try and be modern day, near future, or “historically accurate” to succeed.

    Mobile owners: They tend to like games which you can play in short periods between doing stuff. So puzzle games and reflex games are good for this. For example, a game like MacGuffin’s Curse is fantastic, here, since you can do a room in between doing other things. But also stuff like Angry Birds, Temple Run, and so on.

    There are fringe outliers in every area, but this is mostly how it is.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. TheWulf

    To be honest, Nintendo DS fans are interesting. I’m not sure where I’d put them. They’re an anomaly when it comes to marketing in general… but due to their love of games like Phoenix Wright, Hotel Dusk, and so on? I’d have to put them in the PC camp. That’s where they seem to fit the best.

    But then you also have stuff like Cooking Mama as well, and many ‘quick fix’ games. So perhaps it’s a mix of PC and mobile. Interesting audience.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. MCTJim

    @13 you are correct about console games being pirated..but I know for a fact that MS bans the consoles that are found to be playing pirated games…if the console goes online at all..instant banstick..if kept entirely offline..meaning the person doesn’t go to his buds house and plug in his HDD..they get away with it..if said game doesn’t need to be online..but they will get you one way or another.

    All you have to do is go to the xbox.com/forums and read the clowns complaining they got banned..its laughable.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. hitnrun

    @13 So because you have crafted a reasonable-sounding rationalization based on exposure to malware, that makes it true?

    I’ll readily agree that the importance of PC piracy is overstated for the simple reason that a pirated copy in a majority of circumstances does not equate to a lost sale.

    But there’s no comparing PC piracy to TV-console piracy. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about how to get pirated games on your 360 or PS3. Meanwhile, my grandmother has the skillset and equipment to play pirated PC games. And judging from the torrent numbers for major releases, she probably does.

    You risk nothing pirating things on PC. Malware? Wipe your machine and move on. Lose your files because you were exposing your PC to dangerous sites without backing up? Unless you’re a total idiot, the first time that happens to you is the last. Meanwhile, if you get caught by MS or Sony running pirated games, you’re one of MCTJim’s clowns @15 crying about your bricked $300 system and all the games tied to your account as well, which likely cost you hundreds of dollars.

    Your theory about different audiences is true to an extent, but that also has a lot to do with the supply side, namely barriers to entry and middlemen. If you write a functional piece of code, you’ve cleared the barrier to entry on PC and if you can get people to pay you a dollar for it, you’re on the path to profitability. On consoles you have to jump through an incredible array of obstacles just to fail, and if you succeed you have to pay MS/Sony a huge percentage, and then no one buys your game because it’s now too expensive.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. fihar

    @14
    Thank you for pointing out Hotel Dusk. Quite possibly the best (and only?) use of rotoscoping in a video game.
    The DS library is full of quirky titles. Feel the Magic XX/XY and Elite Beat Agents to name a few.
    And then you get something like Pokemon Conquest, which is an amalgam of Pokemon and Nobunaga’s Ambition. I mean seriously, I’d like to meet the guy who came up with the idea in the first place.

    I don’t think the DS fit into any of those demographics either, the console seem to have any kind of games you can think of. There are traditional hardcore titles, the usual Nintendo titles, visual novels, point and click adventures, puzzlers, brain teasers, microgames, rhythm games, etc etc etc.
    It’s actually very much like the PSone/PS2 in that regard when the lack of high-selling platforms meant that most games landed on those two.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. 3dsgamer

    is this law also in Canada? ive ordered one from the internet, and now im scared to use it once it comes in the mail

    #18 1 year ago

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]