Nintendo has reportedly filed a lawsuit in a Tokyo District court against 5 separate Japanese games companies, which they hope will prevent the sale of R4 cartridges and other similar accessories that allow users to pirate Nintendo DS software.
The R4 allows for the (admittedly legally dubious) practice of dumping bundles of games to a single cartridge, but it also enables homebrew gaming on the DS, which the Japanese company claims is costing them a considerable amount in revenue.
Nintendo isn’t the only company that wants to see R4 cards off the shelves. The DS manufacturer may be leading the lawsuit but there’s 54 other DS Developers that have jumped on the back of Nintendo’s bandwagon, some of the more notable being Capcom, Sega, Bandai Namco Games, Square Enix, Taito, Hudson and The Pokémon Company.
R4 cartridges are something that have been around for quite a while and Nintendo allegedly claims that up to 90-percent of people could be using these kinds of accessories to play pirated games on their DS.
Details of the lawsuit are not yet available and so, it is unclear how much Nintendo is asking for but we’re willing to bet the company will be asking for a lot, especially if they can prove that figure of 90-percent.