Nintendo of America, one of the "big three" of video gaming, has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida against the owner of the website HackYourConsole.com. Nintendo says "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 company also says that HackYourConsole.com claims to be an authorized distributor for the yet-to-be-released 3DS Gateway cards. These cards are promoted as operating similar to the R4 game copier for the Nintendo DS, which allows people to illegally play 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."
Should anybody be in possession of one of these unauthorized R4 gateway cards or know from where such devices are being distributed, Nintendo urges people to report such activities by calling 800-255-3700 or sending an email to email@example.com .