HackYourConsole.com Receives Lawsuit From Nintendo

R4 CardHave some news for you from the depths of Law & Order: Gamer Edition. Apparently Nintendo has filed a lawsuit in Florida’s Southern Florida against HackYourConsole.com‘s owner. The website has profited off the sale of unauthorized Nintendo games and hacking/modding devices that bypass security for the DS and Wii.

Even with Nintendo’s lawsuit being slapped against HackYourConsole.com, the site’s owner has yet to take down the website (No answer from email inquiries to him as of this article’s posting). It is not looking good for him, even if he decides to defend his website.

Nintendo’s recent lawsuit victory this year in Japan, over the sale of R4 cards (a major seller on HackYourConsole.com), only shows that the elder video game company still has its teeth and knows how to use them. We can definitely expect to see the Big N continue its crusade against profiteering hackers, since HackYourConsole.com definitely isn’t the only one out there.

You can view the official press release below:


REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In the ongoing global fight against video game piracy, Nintendo of America Inc., has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida against the owner of HackYourConsole.com. The site blatantly promotes and sells unauthorized Nintendo games along with devices and services that circumvent the security in the Nintendo DS system and the Wii console.

The operator of HackYourConsole.com has developed a global business focused on selling unauthorized copies of Nintendo games and game-copying devices (such as the R4 device) used to circumvent the technological protection measures contained in the Nintendo DS family of hand-held systems. The website operator, for a fee, also provides services to hack and modify the Wii console and allow the play of illegal software.

HackYourConsole.com also claims to be an authorized distributor for the yet-to–be-released 3DS Gateway cards. The Gateway device is promoted as operating similar to the R4 game copier for the Nintendo DS, which facilitates the play of illegally downloaded games. Game copying devices, such as the R4, severely undermine the sales of video games created by thousands of developers.

“Piracy on the Nintendo DS system has a huge impact on games sales,” said Jools Watsham, co-founder and director of Renegade Kid. “It can affect everyone involved, including the many honest players out there. If independent studios, like ours, are unable to recoup the money they invest into game development, through the sales of their games, we will unfortunately see fewer independent games developed in the future.”

Illegal copying of video game software is an international problem that continues to stifle the growth of the creative development community. Companies such as Nintendo, various law enforcement authorities and trade organizations such as the Entertainment Software Association, continue to take aggressive steps to prevent the proliferation of these devices on a global scale.

To report game copiers, illegal Nintendo software or other piracy-related activities, please contact Nintendo at 800-255-3700 or piracyscene@noa.nintendo.com.

For more information about Nintendo’s fight against piracy, visit http://ap.nintendo.com.


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Written by Jonathan Parsons

English teacher and freelance writer Jonathan Parsons is a longtime gamer working abroad in Japan. He spends his free time swimming through the Akita winter snow to his car and playing classic PC and Famicom games.

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