DS Flash Carts Backed By Court Ruling

December 6, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo

Nintendo attempted to sue makers of DS Flash Carts such as the R4

Nintendo attempted to sue makers of DS Flash Carts such as the R4

According to reports, Nintendo recently lost a major court battle in which they attempted to file a law suit against the Divineo group over the production of flash carts for the Nintendo DS.

These flash carts allow users to download custom applications, as well as pirated DS “Roms” which they can then play on their DS’s. These Roms are retail DS games that have been illegally ripped from their cartridges and uploaded for the world to download. This is obviously not good for Nintendo who have probably lost millions in sales given the fact that some of these carts can hold 20+ games.

However, apparantly the judge ruled against Nintendo, saying that developers should be able to openly develop applications for their console. They were also said to have stated that the DS platform should be more like Microsoft’s Windows where anyone can freely develop applications.

Personally I see this as a little bit of an injustice on Nintendo’s part, as the flash carts such as the R4 and M3 blatantly allow users to pirate games. However, the fact that they can turn around and say that they developed it for legitimate purposes, but they can’t stop their users from downloading pirated games kind of makes Nintendo powerless.

Where do you stand in this? Do you think Nintendo should be allowed to have full control over what is allowed to be done with their console? Or do you think that users should be free to do what they wish with it, even if that does include pirating games and affecting Nintendo’s income. Let us know…

New, Bigger DSi Announced

October 29, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo

The new, much bigger DSi LL/XL

The new, much bigger DSi LL/XL

Nintendo has recently confirmed it’s latest modification of it’s insanely popular handheld. The new DSi LL, as it is currently being called over in Japan, features a 4.2 inch screen (1.3 times bigger than the DSi screen), improved battery life and a jazzy new “Dark Brown” paint job.

Penned for a November 21 release in Japan at a price of 20,000 Yen it will come with three free DSi-ware games including two Brain Age titles. It is apparantly targetting a more mature audience that prefer their handhelds to be larger (with a weight of 314 grams it is hardly suitable to fit in a young child’s pocket).

If you feel like upgrading to the latest DS yet again then you won’t have too long to wait as Nintendo have slated a Quarter 1 2010 release in Europe as the DSi XL. Some may say it is too soon, and also argue that bigger is not necessarily better for a handheld, but the bigger screen will certainly be exciting for some…

Nintendo acknowledges Wii update problems

October 2, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, Nintendo

Nintendo Wii

It seems the Wii system update 4.2 has been “bricking” some Wii consoles in the USA, according to many reports on the Nintendo of America support forums. After installing the update, people have seen their consoles freezing and refusing to reboot. Nintendo tech support staff have responded on the forums:

“Some of you have reported problems with your Wii console after updating to the Wii System Menu 4.2. The symptoms most people are describing usually occur when the Wii has been modified. However, some of you also mention your system has never been modified.

We’d like to help get your system working properly again. If you’re experiencing problems with your Wii console after downloading Wii System Menu 4.2, and you believe your system has not been modified, please give us a call. If we find that you have a normal system and the update caused your system to not work, we’ll repair it at no charge.”

There is no information yet on whether these problems are occurring in other countries.

Nintendo can see your future

September 8, 2009 by Ash Kendall  
Filed under News, Nintendo

wiihoroscope

Nintendo have announced that the ‘Today and Tomorrow’ channel will launch for free tomorrow. Want more info? Of course you do!

Check your daily fortune and get hints on relationships, activities and even the types of food that your horoscope recommends with the free Today & Tomorrow Channel

As well as providing your fortune, the Today & Tomorrow Channel can also give you lifestyle tips, including activities that can improve your daily life and suggestions about what to eat, all based on your horoscope. You can even check the compatibility of different Mii characters for the day. Use this feature to see how you will get along with your friends and family – could be useful if you are planning a long car journey!

Personally, I’m a little bit sceptical, but then that’s bloody typical of a Pisces.