Nintendo files lawsuit against website “blatantly promoting and selling” R4 devices

Wednesday, 7 August 2013 19:40 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida against the owner of the website HackYourConsole for “blatantly promoting and selling” unauthorized Nintendo games along with “devices and services that circumvent the security,” in DS and Wii.

According to a notice sent out by Nintendo, the owner of HackYourConsole has developed a “global business focused on selling unauthorized copies of Nintendo games and game-copying R4 devices.”

The website operator, for a fee, also provides services to hack and modify the Wii console and allow the play of illegal software.

“HackYourConsole also claims to be an authorized distributor for the yet-to–be-released 3DS Gateway cards,” Nintendo said in a statement. “The Gateway device is promoted as operating similar to the R4 game copier for the Nintendo DS, which facilitates the play of illegally downloaded games.

“Game copying devices, such as the R4, severely undermine the sales of video games created by thousands of developers.”

Illegal copying of video game software is an international problem Nintendo has been vigorously fighting and the firm said it plans to continue taking “aggressive steps to prevent the proliferation of these devices on a global scale. “