“R4″, the popular DS emulation cart, has been banned in the UK today after a court ruling. The carts are now illegal to import, advertise or sell in the UK.

This of course has upset those who use the cart to play homebrew games and applications on their DS.

“Nintendo promotes and fosters game development and creativity, and strongly supports the game developers who legitimately create new and innovative applications,” said Nintendo.  However, the company did not feel this was good enough reason to allow the R4 carts as the piracy element was too strong:

“Nintendo initiates these actions not only on its own behalf, but also on behalf of over 1,400 video game-development companies that depend on legitimate sales of games for their survival.”

Obviously pirating the games that developers pour their lives into for months, even years, is a bad thing. However, how does this affect the developers that have poured in plenty of work into their homebrew game, only to have it become unplayable? Perhaps we’ll start to see these games being turned into iPhone apps, or even DSiWare if the companies responsible allow it. I certainly hope so.



  1. Many games released as homebrew wouldn’t be able to be released as something like dsiware. The games just aren’t very polished, and often the first release is as a beta or something. The amount of effort required to get an R4 up and running usually qualifies someone for testing homebrew, but if you mixed many homebrew games and apps in with games designed by professional studios, the average consumer would be confused and not see the value of it. Just my 2 cents.