R4 (flashcard)

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R4 (flashcard)
Developer(s) Unknown
Platform(s) Nintendo DS/ Nintendo DS Lite

The R4 is a Flascard for the Nintendo DS handheld system. It is now banned in most countries because of lawsuits from Nintendo.

Flashcards[edit]

Flashcards are cards made to play ROMs. This allows the user to have multiple games on one card, or play games that they did not pay for. Currently, the best 3ds game support flashcart is the gateway 3ds flashcard.

Original Cards[edit]

There is only 1 original R4 card lineup, however they are out of production.

R4 Series[edit]

There isn't a real R4 Series because the manufacturer of the R4 stopped producing them, but there are other cards that are of similar quality made by other companies (and thus are clones).

R4 3DS[edit]

The R4 3DS or R4i SDHC 3DS is an R4 clone, that works with the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL handheld consoles from Nintendo. The R4 3Ds has become one of the most popular R4 flashcards because it is compatible Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSI, and Nintendo DS. It also has the ability to play pirated Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSI, and Nintendo DS games using a method that is similar to the original R4 flashcard. The R4 3DS flash has an extra ability that allows it update wirelessly via WI-FI.[1]

Ban on R4 cards[edit]

It is now banned in most countries because of lawsuits from Nintendo. In late 2007 Nintendo began a legal crackdown with a series of raids against R4 merchants.[2]

United Kingdom[edit]

In 2010 the company Playables Limited, the importers of R4 flashcards was ruled against by the London High Court. The ruling outlawed any sales, importation, or advertising of the R4 flashcards. The defense of Playables Limited claimed that the R4 flashcards were legal because it uses a homebrew application. However, going around Nintendo’s security system is against the law in the United Kingdom. After, the news broke Nintendo released on a statement saying that they do support game developers that create their own applications legitimately. In the United Kingdom 100,000 coping devices such as R4's was seized in 2009. Nintendo also claimed that the cards were not only seized for the benefit of their own company, but the benefit for over 1400 video game companies that depend on the sales of their games.[3]

France[edit]

In October 2011 the R4 cards were banned in France. An official release by the Paris court of appeals ruled against five R4 sellers and distributors. The sellers and distributors were fined over €460,000, and some were sentenced to jail.[4] Stephan Bole, the managing director of Nintendo France released a stamen saying “Nintendo supported this criminal action not only for the company’s sake, but for the interests of its game developer partners who spend time and money legitimately developing software for Nintendo’s game platforms, and customers who expect the highest standards and integrity from products bearing the Nintendo name.” [5]

Japan[edit]

In 2009 the government of Japan outlawed the sales of the R4 flashcard.[6] In 2012 the Japanese Minstery of Economy, Trade, and Industry revealed that the importing of R4 cards, and similar devices were now punishable by law.[7] In 2013 Nintendo won a court case against two R4 card distributors in Japan. The Tokyo district court ruled that the sellers of the R4 cards owed Nintendo and 49 other video game developers ¥95,625,00.[8]

Other countries[edit]

Other countries that banned the R4 flashcards include Australia,[9] Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.r43dsr4.co.uk/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Ashcraft, Brian. http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/10/r4-devices-are-now-illegal-in-france/. Retrieved 3 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Henderson, Rick. http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/105062-uk-renders-r4-cards-illegal.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Ashcraft, Brian. http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/10/r4-devices-are-now-illegal-in-france/. Retrieved 3 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://mynintendonews.com/2011/10/03/nintendo-ds-nintendo-gains-4-8m-million-in-piracy-battle-bans-r4-flash-carts/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Mallory, Jordon. http://www.joystiq.com/2013/07/09/nintendo-wins-another-legal-battle-against-r4-flashcart-reseller/. Retrieved 3 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Ashcraft, Brian. http://kotaku.com/5962758/r4-cartridges-blocked-in-japan-by-the-government/all.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Mallory, Jordon. http://www.joystiq.com/2013/07/09/nintendo-wins-another-legal-battle-against-r4-flashcart-reseller/. Retrieved 3 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://www.qj.net/qjnet/nintendo-ds/nintendo-wins-r4-case-in-australia.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Ashcraft, Brian. http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/10/r4-devices-are-now-illegal-in-france/. Retrieved 3 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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