Nintendo, Square Enix and a number of other Japanese game makers have won a major victory in a long-running battle against two distributors of R4 devices. The devices are used to store and play unlicensed (pirated) versions of games for Nintendo's many hand-held devices. According to Nintendo of Japan, a Tokyo court recently ruled that two R4 sellers in the city have paid a total of 95,625,000 yen (almost $945,000 USD) in damages to Nintendo and about fifty other companies involved in the lawsuit including Square Enix, Konami, Capcom, Level-5 and Namco Bandai.
Nintendo, Square Enix and a number of other Japanese companies won a long-standing legal battle against two distributors of R4 devices, Nintendo announced today in a report on its website.
Along with this victory, Nintendo promised that it would continue to fight against flashcart resellers. Last year the government of Japan banned R4 and similar flashcart devices from being sold in the country. Nintendo followed up those bans by reporting companies that used the devices and publicly proclaiming that such devices infringe its "intellectual property rights."