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News: NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Homebrew And Not Piracy, Says Creator

NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Homebrew And Not Piracy, Says Creator

Hack intended to attract bedroom coders to the 3DS, not stinkin' pirates

Today marks the launch of the much-hyped NINJHAX exploit, which allows 3DS owners a backdoor to run unofficial software on their consoles. The hack is the work of 22-year-old student Jordan Rabet, and is so called because it requires a copy of the obscure puzzle platformer...

News: Aussie Pirate Sued For Illegally Sharing New Super Mario Bros. Gets Ganon Statue From Nintendo

Aussie Pirate Sued For Illegally Sharing New Super Mario Bros. Gets Ganon Statue From Nintendo

"I do still love Nintendo even after being sued"

Those of you with especially good memories may recall the story of Australian gamer James Burt, who was successfully sued by Nintendo in 2010 to the tune of $1.5M AUD (around $1.3M USD, or £839K) for illegally copying New Super Mario Bros. Wii and making it available for download on the web. It...

News: Nintendo Titles Continue To Be Illegally Peddled On Android Google Play Store

Nintendo Titles Continue To Be Illegally Peddled On Android Google Play Store

Donkey Kong Country HD, anyone?

Smartphones may be a growing market when it comes to gaming, but the companies running these platforms seem to have a real problem controlling what kind of content goes up. Android's Google Play market is probably the worst offender, with Google seemingly content to allow developers to sell whatever apps and games...

News: Ouya Heralds Emulation By Tweeting Image of Super Mario Bros.

Ouya Heralds Emulation By Tweeting Image of Super Mario Bros.

It wants Mario to be free, apparently

Ouya - the Android-based, open source console that has the capability to run emulators - is now available to buy and has already whipped up a storm of controversy. Naturally, piracy is an issue that has surrounded the new console ever since its inception and will always swarm around it, but Ouya hasn't exactly...

News: Nintendo Blocks 3DS Flashcard With Latest Firmware Update

Nintendo Blocks 3DS Flashcard With Latest Firmware Update

It didn't take long

A short while ago a functional 3DS flashcard emerged into view that gave people the opportunity to play ROMS on their 3DS. ROMS are a particularly touchy subject as many do in fact use them as a means of backing up legally owned content. However, the Nintendo DS suffered greatly because of them as many flashcard users downloaded...

News: Renegade Kid Clarifies 3DS Piracy Comments

Renegade Kid Clarifies 3DS Piracy Comments

"If we cannot make money from developing games we can no longer develop games"

Recently Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham sparked off a conversation about piracy on the 3DS. In a blog post he stated that if piracy was to get bad on the handheld he would have no choice but to pull support for the system. In a second blog post on the topic,...

News: Goodbye Galaxy Games Responds To Renegade Kid's Piracy Claims

Goodbye Galaxy Games Responds To Renegade Kid's Piracy Claims

Indie developer says plenty of other factors contribute to poor sales

Over the weekend Jools Watsham, co-founder of Renegade Kid, wrote in a blog post that he felt hacking into the guts of the 3DS would result in an increase in piracy - something that could force developers to stop supporting the system. Watsham pointed to the DS which suffered...

News: Renegade Kid Worried About 3DS Piracy

Renegade Kid Worried About 3DS Piracy

Hacking could cause developer to stop supporting the system

It has recently been reported that a couple of hackers have broken into the 3DS, allowing them to run custom code on the device. They claim their motives are good — getting around the 3DS region lock for example — however games developers, as you can imagine, are less than pleased with...

News: Naughty Nintendo Counterfeiter Sentenced To 32 Months In Jail

Naughty Nintendo Counterfeiter Sentenced To 32 Months In Jail

Crime really doesn't pay

Last month we reported that the ironically-named Justin Success Brooks was accused of selling thousands of counterfeit Wii, DS and DSi Nintendo games between 2009 and 2011 - pocketing himself up to £600,000 in the process - and that pleaded guilty to all charges. His court case was scheduled for November 9th, in which he...

News: Counterfeit Nintendo Games Seller Faces Jail Term

Counterfeit Nintendo Games Seller Faces Jail Term

Made a small fortune pirating software

Justin Success Brooks has been charged with selling counterfeit Nintendo games according to the Croydon Guardian. The 41 year-old's middle name proved to be innacurate as he was caught in an investigation supervised by Nintendo and the UK Interactive Entertainment association (UKIE). The two groups purchased...

News: Millions of Wii Games Pirated in 2011

Millions of Wii Games Pirated in 2011

Mario left all at sea

The Wii may be in its twilight years, but a large number of its retail titles are still being being downloaded and played illegally. Website TorrentFreak compiled figures of downloads in 2011 from a number of sources and trackers, providing results for three major formats, though these are estimates rather than official...

News: New 3DS System Update Warns You About Piracy

New 3DS System Update Warns You About Piracy

Stern words indeed

Remember when Nintendo warned using piracy devices may disable your 3DS? The latest 3DS system update may well have started that process. The update arrived yesterday with little fanfare, but here's the official description from Nintendo: System stability improvements and other adjustments Further improvements to overall system...

Rumour: Using Piracy Devices May Disable Your 3DS

Using Piracy Devices May Disable Your 3DS

So don't do it

Nintendo has spoken before about the strong anti-piracy measures in 3DS, but there's been little more specific said. Now a rumour has surfaced that using a flash cartridge or similar device will actually render the console useless through a firmware update. A rough translation of a poster outside Japanese retailer Enterking reveals...

News: Ubisoft Sticks It to Michael Jackson: The Experience DS Pirates

Ubisoft Sticks It to Michael Jackson: The Experience DS Pirates

Vuvuzela: The ultimate anti-piracy tool

Piracy on the DS is a big problem for Nintendo as well as other developers, and if they can't beat the pirates, they might as well have some fun with them. If you're a software criminal, Ubisoft isn't making things smooth for you. One thing about this year's World Cup tournament that people won't forget is the sound of the vuvuzela and Ubisoft is using the..

News: DS to Have Life After 3DS, says Nintendo

DS to Have Life After 3DS, says Nintendo

Company will still bring big games to DS

If you're not caught up in the whirlwind of excitement surrounding the 3DS and want to stick with your trusty DS, you'll be glad to hear that Nintendo still wants to bring major titles to the machine even after the 3DS is available. Satoru Iwata stressed the importance of quality software for the machine's...

News: Piracy Not to Blame for Poor Software Sales, Says Iwata

Piracy Not to Blame for Poor Software Sales, Says Iwata

Blame must be divvied out more evenly

We know that the DS has suffered a great deal from the impact of piracy, with many titles failing to gain the sales they deserved, in part due to the ease with which software is pirated on the device. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata isn't convinced the blame lies squarely at the feet of pirates however, acknowledging his company has a part to play in promoting..

News: High Court Outlaws Flash Carts in UK

High Court Outlaws Flash Carts in UK

Piracy? But that's not all they R4!

The R4 flash cart has been the bane of Nintendo's handheld existence for years now, with the device widely being used to play illegally downloaded DS ROMs. Rampant piracy has made it especially difficult for third-party developers to reach projected sales marks, and is also the reason non-Japanese-speaking gamers...