If there’s one reason why game systems can fail, it’s because of those damn pirates. The Nintendo DS was hit with this scourge during its lifecycle, as R4 cards allowed gamers to download and play to their hearts content. The 3DS has been largely free of this though, thanks to Nintendo striking back. And it just found another culprit attempting to wreck that system.
Nintendo announced a couple of hours back that they’ll be cracking down on South Florida-based website HackYourConsole.com. The website has been selling DS flashcarts, as well starting to collect preorders for the upcoming Gateway 3DS card. Sure, that’ll most likely be murdered with supreme update justice once Nintendo get their hands on it, but it’ll still be financially damaging until that is done.
The press release via Business Wire had a few words from Renegade Kid’s Jools Watsham on the matter:
Piracy on the Nintendo DS system has a huge impact on games sales. 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.
Some of you will argue that you’ll want these flashkarts for homebrew uses. At which point I’ll tell you that the word ‘gullible’ isn’t listed in the dictionary. The 3DS is just starting to become a really great handheld device now, with some fantastic games on the way. And I don’t want to see that momentum scuppered at all with piracy.
Piracy makes it bad for everyone, and we all know that it leads to publishers and developers overreacting, making life worse for the honest gamer out there. So if there are any Nintendo reps reading this, here’s something else for you: A ton of these R4 cards are on sale locally, so here’s your chance to help out. Get ‘em. GET ‘EM!