Nintendo sends the legal hounds after game pirates

Nintendo has kicked off a legal battle against the owner of multiple websites that sells game copiers.

Nintendo has kicked off a legal battle against the owner of multiple websites that sells game copiers.

The websites are owned by NXPGAME which sells game copiers that allow users to crack, download, play and distribute copies of Nintendo DS and DSi video games. Nintendo has tried of several occasions to get NXPGAME to stop selling the game copiers, with the owner once agreeing to shut down the operation, only to move address and start the operation off once more.

"Using game copiers to play unauthorized downloaded games is illegal and it’s wrong," said Jodi Daugherty, Nintendo of America’s senior director of Anti-Piracy. "Piracy is especially harmful to smaller developers. When their creative works are stolen and copied illegally, some companies find it difficult to survive economically."

Now, I don't condone piracy in any way, shape or form. If you want a game, pay for it. Unlike a CD or DVD which can scratch and be damaged, there's no legitimate reason for anyone to copy a game. That said, this action does seem to me to amount to Nintendo doing little more than spitting into the wind. Game copiers for Nintendo cartridges are readily available (and no, I'm not going to tell you where to get them ...). Here's a clue as to just how widespread the problem is:

Since 2009, Nintendo has supported almost 1,500 legal actions (including customs seizures, law-enforcement actions and civil proceedings) in more than 20 countries that have resulted in the confiscation of more than 422,000 video game copiers.

And despite this, copiers still flood the market.

It seems to me that the only way that Nintendo is going to put a stop to this game copying epidemic is to change the cartridge format, beefing up the copy protection. Sure, that's likely to be broken at some point, but it'll slow things down a bit.


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