Nintendo DS
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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 reason that with each new hardware revision Nintendo will attempt to make it more difficult for people to use illegal bootleg games.

Of course, pirated software is only one side of the problem – the more pressing issue is the proliferation of flash carts which allow users to download ROMs and play them. Although the DSi has firmware upgrades that will make playing pirate games more difficult, ingenious hackers have already beaten the system and it’s likely that with each new firmware release, they’ll repeat the task.