Nintendo Heads League to Crush Modchips


Nintendo have taken umbrage at the distribution of backup devices aimed at their DS handheld, and have, together with a massive alliance of 54 other companies, many of them big players, opted to hound the offending companies out of existence with a lawsuit.

The device they are targeting is the R4 Revolution (actually a flash cartridge), and their strategy is to sue five of the companies involved in the Japanese distribution of the device.

They offer the following statement:

“We are of the opinion that the health and growth of the entire industry will be adversely affected if the disease of these so-called ‘majikon’ is allowed to spread. Accordingly, we have launched firm legal actions against the devices”.

The companies targeted are all based around the Tokyo area, but what stands out, and has been, rather predictably, made much of on 2ch and the like, is that all the directors of the five are either Korean or Chinese, or at least of such ancestry (easily visible from their one character surnames).

This isn’t really surprising given where the chips are made, or considering that zainichi Koreans are generally said to be disproportionately involved in the yakuza and other untoward lines of business, but it certainly seems to have had an interesting PR consequence – Nintendo is being hailed in some quarters for taking a stand against these wicked foreign importers, overshadowing the question of their interfering with the availability of “backup devices”.

It goes without saying that it is mostly Japanese buying and selling these devices…

The economics of the situation are also not surprising – there are reports of a sudden jump in sales for the devices in question.


Knowing Nintendo, this may be a prelude to further action both domestically and overseas, though the legality of such devices across territories is as ever a complex matter.

Get yours before they take action? It may be that this has an unintended positive effect on the sales and prominence of the R4…

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    Comment by kenshinflyer
    11:05 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If that's the case, I'll buy myself an EDGE flashcart!!!

    Comment by MechaGuy
    21:46 01/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meh, at least they haven't attacked CycloDS...

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    Comment by Da_Nuke
    06:07 01/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here in Guadalajara, we have a phrase that says "San Juan de Dios is always superior", being San Juan de Dios the city market where the third floor is chock-full of contraband and pirated shit.

    Why? Because usually, when the companies somehow crack down on modchips either by revamping their architecture or by ordering the closure of modchip manufacturers, you usually see them selling again like nothing happened one or two weeks later.

    Comment by TheTrueGOD
    14:19 06/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Wii, it sucks! Will never get one, even if for free (nope, I'm not kidding).

    Comment by johny readme
    23:40 16/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    READ THIS ...
    you just waste 10 seconds maybe many more ...
    HOLD on .. phone rings !!!

    Comment by F O E
    05:12 31/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's many devices that are better.

    Comment by BuggyBY
    18:25 30/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    At first I read that as "Nintendo Heads League to Crush Mudkips", and I was much happier than now I've read the whole thing.

    Comment by SuigintouBY
    08:47 02/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    why halo there

    Comment by FAIL
    20:52 11/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol. Mudkips. But, by announcing that they "might" (as in will, to make other companies lose business, and make theirs get more profit) take legal action, I can forsee "panic buying". In short, Nintendo maybe its own fault for promoting these mudkips... I mean modchips. In b4 "Nintendo takes legal action against Mudkips"

    Comment by Pablo-kun
    12:14 30/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I can't say I've been supporting the company, since I own an R4, that aside I don't think there will ever be a movement strong enough to vanquish piracy, it may stop the R4 sales for a while but there are plenty of other options and flash cartridges to opt for when it comes to the DS handheld. It majorly has to do with the fact that they've made no possible way to upgrade the DS' existing firmware and hence no way to counter.

    I think big companies like Sony and nintendo are gonna have to settle with a certain level of piracy for their products. Sony has been putting up a fight in the psp mod scene where custom firmwares do the trick but they haven't started an opposition as big as this, at least not yet.

    Comment by King of Hentai Gods
    02:09 07/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    isn't this y people buy nds?

    Comment by KY
    00:02 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hold on guys, theres someone at the door...

    Comment by Robocop
    16:44 23/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    probably the mudkips looking for a place to hang low til this whole legal action thing blows over...

    Comment by pus2meong
    22:03 11/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whatever Nintendo trying to do, they will never get rid off this modchips any look a like. They might decreased or even stop it, for a while. But not forever.

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