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News: The War on DS Piracy may be Hard to Win, but Iwata Optimistic with 3DS

The War on DS Piracy may be Hard to Win, but Iwata Optimistic with 3DS

What modern tools can be utilised for the latest member of the family?

Nintendo has always made efforts to combat the various forms of piracy its consoles has had to endure. From sales of illegal flash carts to the copying and distribution of retail games, individuals have been known to pay upwards of US$1.3 million should they get caught. The company acknowledges the difficulty in trying to st

News: Man Who Sold Modded Wiis Was In It for the Money

Man Who Sold Modded Wiis Was In It for the Money

Not a story from The Onion, we promise

It may not be a huge deal but Japanese police have arrested a 52-year old man for selling modified Wii consoles and copied games after he made over £20,000 (about $28,000) selling the units over a two-year period. Selling the consoles for around ¥32,000 – ¥12,000 more than a standard Wii – the man reportedly made over ¥3,000,000 through the sale of..

News: Nintendo Swashes Even More Pirates' Buckles

Nintendo Swashes Even More Pirates' Buckles

After giving them fair warning, too

Nintendo filed a lawsuit on May 11th against the owner of Queens-based NXPGAME, the company behind a website that gave its customers access to illegally copied DS and DSi software. Not that the Big N didn't give them a chance - after repeated communications between their legal department and the defendant, the crooks shut down their website, only to swiftly..

News: Software Pirates Beware: No 3DS Booty For You

Software Pirates Beware: No 3DS Booty For You

Security tougher than a chastity belt... maybe

Nintendo takes a hard stance on piracy, using cartridge-based games for its systems way past their use-by-date. Whilst more difficult to produce illegal copies of their intellectual products, it also imposes a certain limit to how much data the console had access to. With the upcoming 3DS, Nintendo is well aware of the modern age with its p2p mentality..

News: Nintendo Wins Another Piracy Court Case

Nintendo Wins Another Piracy Court Case

Massive fine for Mario bootlegger

Nintendo have won a court case where they took action against the James Burt, an Australian who illegally copied and uploaded for distribution the first pirate copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, a whole week prior to its official release in Australia. How was Burt able to get it so early? Well, blame that on an...

News: British R4 Card Importer Shipping Off To Prison

British R4 Card Importer Shipping Off To Prison

Guilty plea nets 12-month sentence

Don't mess with Nintendo. British resident Yun Can Meng clearly didn't get the memo when he was busy importing approximately 26,500 R4 cards, as GamesPolitics reports that Meng has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for pleading guilty to the charge. Meng was sentenced in Hull Crown Court. R4 cards can be used to illegally download and play DS titles. They can..

News: And The Most Pirated Wii Games Of 2009 Are...

And The Most Pirated Wii Games Of 2009 Are...

Plumbers, boxers, islands and zombies top the list

BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak has compiled a list of the most pirated PC, Xbox 360 and Wii games of 2009. Modern Warfare 2 takes the overall scurvy cake at over five million downloads, with four of those on the PC side. But how about Wii? Unsurprisingly, the biggest Wii game of the year happens...

News: Nintendo To Appeal French Flash Card Case

Nintendo To Appeal French Flash Card Case

Company "extremely disappointed" with ruling

DS flash card manufacturer Divineo won big in France earlier this week, and Nintendo is not happy about it. A lawsuit filed by Nintendo against the company was thrown out in Paris’ Criminal Court earlier this week, with the judge saying that Nintendo should adopt a more open development system to allow anyone to create applications – like a PC, where..

News: Nintendo vs R4: The Lawsuit and the Snitch

Nintendo vs R4: The Lawsuit and the Snitch

A very un-Harry Potter like snitch website opens to combat R4 and their brethren

A while ago Nintendo won a lawsuit against retailers that sold and distributed R4 and R4-like devices. In case you didn't know, these are essentially carts which allow consumers to pirate DS games. Since then, those retailers were sent notices updating them on the situation and were told to immediately stop selling..

News: DSi Firmware 1.4 Defeated Already?

DSi Firmware 1.4 Defeated Already?

It looks like hackers have already bested the new DSi update

DSi Firmware 1.4 was released a week ago with the intention of stopping pirates from running questionable programs on the machine. However, it already looks as if someone has got the R4i running on a DSi system with the new firmware. The video below seems to show it all running perfectly:...

News: Man Sentenced Over Pirated DS Games

Man Sentenced Over Pirated DS Games

30 months prison and a whopping big fine

Captain Jack Sparrow's popularity proves that everybody loves a good pirate, but not when they're stealing money from hard working developers and gaming companies. A 38 year old man was found guilty of breaking Copyright Law by the Kyoto District Court on Monday for using the internet to distribute pirated...

News: Hackers Expand Wii Storage, Door Now Open To Filthy Pirates

Hackers Expand Wii Storage, Door Now Open To Filthy Pirates

More naughty-type goings on in the world of Wii homebrew

Although the recent ability to run Virtual Console and WiiWare games from your SD card has stopped people moaning about the previously thorny issue of internal storage space, it hasn't stopped industrious hackers taking the concept to the next level by enabling users to hook up a USB hard...

News: DSi Contains Improved Anti-Piracy Technology?

DSi Contains Improved Anti-Piracy Technology?

Early reports suggest that dodgy DS fakes are unplayable on the new machine

If you’re keen on sailing the seven seas of piracy then you might be interested to know that early reports are suggesting that fake DS cartridges fail to operate on the shiny new DSi console. It’s still not known whether or not this is down to improved anti-piracy technology inside the DSi itself, but it stands to..

News: South Korean President feeling sad about DS Piracy

South Korean President feeling sad about DS Piracy

Special memory cards for copying vastly outsell actual games in South Korea with little sign of slowdown.

In case you’ve just dropped onto planet earth and somehow ended up on here surfing a Nintendo website there is very popular phenomenon called a Nintendo DS. In South Korea it’s sold about 2 million console units since 2007, but software piracy has become a rampant problem in the region..

News: Wii ‘Fraud Factory’ Raided In UK

Wii ‘Fraud Factory’ Raided In UK

Thousands of Wii chips seized in thrilling swoop on criminal HQ

A Wii 'Fraud Factory’ has been raided in Leicestershire, with over 2,000 chips recovered by Police. The factory itself was actually a house in the town of Coalville (which, incidentally is a five minute drive from the offices of NintendoLife – although we’ll point out that we had no involvement with this!). Police worked in..

News: Mario Galaxy Hit By Pirates

Mario Galaxy Hit By Pirates

Reports surface that Super Mario Galaxy has already been pirated, two weeks before its scheduled release of November 12th.

Rumours and hearsay surfaced over the weekend which eventually led to the discovery that the game had indeed been leaked onto the internet. This comes just over a week after Nintendo raided a huge warehouse in Hong Kong, seizing over 10,000 copy units for DS and Wii. Pirates..

News: Nintendo Raid Hong Kong Pirates

Nintendo Raid Hong Kong Pirates

Nintendo go Kung Fu Hustyle over "Supreme Factory Limited" in Hong Kong, seizing over 10,000 products in one go.

At Nintendo's request, the Hong Kong High Court has intervened to help stop a global distribution operation involving game copying devices and modification chips ("mod chips") that violate its copyrights and trademarks in the Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ systems. On Oct. 8th, the court..

News: Nintendo Fight Back Against Wii Modders

Nintendo Fight Back Against Wii Modders

Nintendo have introduced a new motherboard into the Wii production to combat recent "mod chips".

Reported recently by a number of sites, including technology magazine T3, it seems Nintendo have tried to block the gaps and stop the pirates. "The games giant has quietly slipped new motherboards into its consoles, narrowing the gap between critical solder points to less than a millimetre. It means..

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