Nintendo’s Legal Victory

After flexing their legal muscles, Nintendo have been victorious in the Netherlands in a piracy case against 11 retailers . Nintendo took legal action over the retailers importing and selling DS R4 cards and Wii mod chips which allow users to ‘work around’ Nintendo’s strict security measures and play pirated games.  The defendants claimed that Nintendo’s objections to the products represented ‘unfair competition’ but this was thrown out.

“Nintendo takes this action not only for the company’s sake, but in the interests of its partners who spend time and money legitimately developing software for Nintendo video game consoles and systems, and customers who expect the highest standards and integrity from products bearing the Nintendo name.”  Said the company in a statement to MCV.

Nintendo, litigious almost by tradition, have always been fiercely protective over their systems, being the last console producer to jump from carts to discs because of the security issues, and being very skittish about committing to extra memory devices for the Wii because of concerns over modding and piracy.

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