One day I was walking to my College course and I walked past a stall in the middle of the local shopping plaza. In a tiny little box was something called an “R4 Card”, and whilst at the time it was unknown to mme what this device was, I later found out it was essentially a re-writable flash drive for Nintendo DS games. Pirary on the DS is rampant, take a look at this search for The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks on a popular P2P Torrent Website;

Now replicate this across essentially every title to grace Nintendo’s dual screen handheld and you have a very precarious investment problem for publishers and developers alike. Nintendo realises this and plans to combat it with the release of the 3DS. Ian Curran, THQ’s Executive VP of Global Publishing said during a recent interview with CVG;

“What excites me even more [than 3DS games] is that there’s technology built in that device to really combat piracy. The problem with the DS market in the last few years, particularly with the DS Lite, is that it’s just been attacked by piracy. It’s made it almost impossible to shift any significant volume. The DSi combated it a little bit, but the 3DS has taken that a step further. I actually asked Nintendo to explain the technology and they said it’s very difficult to do so because it’s so sophisticated. They combated the piracy on Dsi, which they don’t believe is cracked yet – but they know they’ve been hurt across the world and they believe the 3DS has got technology that can stop that. Therefore the opportunity for people to invest more in product development [on the system] and bring more 3DS products to market comes out of that. It’s going to probably cost us more to do it all in 3D – so we want to make sure we get a return on our investment when we do it.”

If Ubisofts DRM debacle is anything to go by, new and improved anti-piracy software simply spurs the “hackers” to try even harder to press forth their malicious ways. How do you feel about piracy on the Nintendo DS? Let us know below.

[Source: GoNintendo]


  1. The wonderful people who figure out how to use our hardware how we want, should be thanked. Nintendo, just like many other companies today do not care about the customer. Nintendo will take your money however they can. If they could somehow, legally use extortion tactics on people, they would. If my games get damaged I should be able to easily restore from a backup. Nintendo says “No we put in place a bunch of locks so you cannot back up your software, and we know your media will eventually get damaged…. but FOR A PRICE, we can offer you our protection (replacement disks).

    I just finished soft-modding my Wii so I can run games from a USB connected hard drive.
    And as I type this, I’m downloading an ISO file for Super Smash Brothers Brawl on the Wii. I already own the game, I paid for it, I even rented the game twice prior to buying it. I refuse to pay more money just to make it work again when I should have been able to back it up at no cost.

    All of the titles you purchase using the shop channel are completely lost if you have to change systems. Nintendo could just let you attach a username/password to your account so that you can transfer it, but no, this is just another way for them to take more money from you.

    Btw I’m lovin my NES emulator on my DS, something that Nintendo will never make officially.