Akihabara’s Top Ten Words of 2009

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A list of the top words and phrases to be unleashed upon Akihabara in 2009 provides results unlikely to surprise anyone familiar with the year’s top stories…

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  • babybluez287 commented on December 13, 2009 22:16

    Judgement Desu-No ! i guess Moe Moe Kyun is 10 cause its not to catchy and long to say xD... More

  • Anonymous commented on December 13, 2009 14:53

    That's boner boner kyun.... More


Courts Tell Nintendo Piracy “Adds Functionality”

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Nintendo has suffered a rare courtroom reverse in its efforts to discourage rampant piracy on its Nintendo DS system, with courts telling it that flash cartridges “add functionality,” even if they admit most of this functionality is intended to enable copyright infringement.

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  • Anonymous commented on February 27, 2011 08:10

    like to see you say that after living in Ireland. I'd love games at US prices.... More

  • Fenek Alfa commented on November 21, 2010 06:23

    I understand you pal, I've been shipping my games(altough on PS2) from Germany to Poland, and even when one euro was worth over 4 zlotys it was still cheaper than in here, and since most... More


Nintendo Crucifies DS Pirate: 30 Months & $100,000

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Nintendo’s campaign against piracy has scored another victory with a Nintendo DS pirate being handed a two and half year prison sentence and force to pay $100,000 in penalty, after he made a game available for free download.

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  • Anonymous commented on February 27, 2011 09:08

    Not that guy, but I would not to be happy to receive stolen games, mind you.... More

  • Char commented on September 28, 2009 08:19

    I figure the DSi is dead because of the iphone/ipod touch and upcoming tegra based devices which includes the Zune HD.... More


Nintendo Crushes DS Piracy with New Firmware

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Nintendo has introduced new copy protection features into the latest firmware for its new DSi handheld, rendering all previous flash cards (or majikon in Japanese parlance) obsolete.

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  • Damian commented on November 18, 2010 07:08

    the damage piracy makes in the idustry is overstated, so to distract from what really hurts it the industry. Meaning: Publishers (usually they take 70-80 % of the profits) Stupid graphics levels (in itself not a... More

  • Anonymous commented on June 25, 2010 14:13

    Unpossible, even.... More


Modchip Vending Machine

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Nintendo may have won some notable successes in its war on modchips, or “majikon”, and related devices, but it seems in some places in Japan they are easier to get than ever, all thanks to the ubiquitous (and perhaps notorious) Japanese vending machine.

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  • Anonymous commented on June 13, 2010 17:02

    I love it, way to go Nintendo haha better luck next time. Seriously while I do play games and try to buy legally (imports are to expensive most of the time) I despise heavy... More

  • Anonymous commented on January 28, 2010 21:54

    大阪のマジコン自販機は有名ですね。 DSTTやR4、DSTTi R4iなど一通りマジコン販売されてました。 既に撤去されてしまっているので・・・^^; http://dstti.org/ 今はDSTTiマジコンショップで購入してます... More


DS Hack “Right to Buy” Sales Soar on Ban

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Attempts to sell the popular Nintendo DS hack devices, known as “majikon” and usually used to allow illegal copies to be run on the console, have recently soared on Yahoo Auctions Japan, but with a new twist; rather than selling the device, sellers are now selling “a right to buy the device”, which they appear to be unfailingly converting into an actual device.

This is a surely a direct result of the recent ban Nintendo established on the device.

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  • Anonymous commented on August 27, 2015 12:39

    Yar har fiddledy-di Being a pirate is alright with me Steal what you want and you'll get it for free You are a pirate.... More

  • Anonymous commented on October 27, 2009 03:39

    fapple does it. one of many reasons why I hate the company.... More


Nintendo Gets DS Chip Ban

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A Tokyo district court has finally awarded Nintendo the ban on “Majikon” and similar devices, usually used to circumvent copy protection on games for the Nintendo DS.

The ban, long sought by Nintendo and a coalition of five game makers, bans import sales of the devices, and prevents the sale of such stock as is in the region. Major online auction sites now prohibit dealing in the tools.

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  • Anonymous commented on January 17, 2016 13:38

    Ya don't got a PS Vita, mate?... More

  • Anonymous commented on November 30, 2009 00:46

    I loled at the mention of the R4 Revolution. Seriously Nintendo? That one has been out of production since 2008. Of course, they could be targetting the clones and fakes... which is actually good, since... More


Touhou DS & Fate/stay night DS

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Doujin soft (or homebrew as we might say) Nintendo DS fan ports of both danmaku shooter Touhou and classic visual novel Fate/stay night have emerged, in both cases in English. Fans of such may wish to check them out:

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  • Anonymous commented on March 7, 2010 14:45

    damn I only had 2GB card, I hope they create one for psp... More

  • Anonymous commented on August 7, 2009 02:27

    Why do I get a Guru Mediation Error! data abort! message when I try and start touhou ds?... More


Nintendo Heads League to Crush Modchips

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.

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  • johny readme commented on August 16, 2009 23:40

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

  • King of Hentai Gods commented on July 7, 2009 02:09

    isn't this y people buy nds?... More


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