Nintendo wins another court case, joins a growing list of worldwide bans

France has now joined the list of countries which have effectively banned the importation, sales and distribution of Nintendo DS flash cards, colloquially know as R4 cards. The Paris’ Court of Appeals has issued a guilty verdict to 6 companies with punishments of fines up to 460,000 Euros and even in some cases a suspended prison term.


The case has been going for a while with Nintendo battling the distribution and sale of these devices since 2007, even though the Nintendo DS isn’t as big as it once was, it’s still important for Nintendo to stamp out these devices. Stephan Bole, Managing Director of Nintendo France said “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."


France now joins the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Belguim and even Australia in cracking down on these flash cards. The Nintendo DS may be in its twilight but these devices are still very common and mostly used for blatant piracy.

Source: Nintendo [PDF]