While we’re sure that there are plenty of gamers out there who purchase original games and cartridges for their PlayStation or Nintendo handheld gaming consoles, there are probably just as many, if not more gamers who resort of illegal means. If the latter describes you, then you’re probably familiar with the R4 cart for the Nintendo DS that allows users to store multiple pirated games on it. We’re pretty sure that wasn’t the intention of the R4 cart but ultimately it has come to this. Thanks to Japan’s new rules for selling such devices, a man in Japan has been arrested as is said to be the first to be prosecuted over the sales of flashcarts.
Such devices have been sold over the years and while Japan originally banned the sales of such devices, no criminal charges have been attached to them. Now thanks to the change in the rules, devices that run homebrew apps and pirated software are fair game under the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, with the maximum penalties for such a crime amounting up to ten years in jail and fines of up to ten million Yen (~$126,000). According to the investigators, the suspect has sold over 1,200 of these devices since August of last year. In response to this arrest, Nintendo has released a statement which basically said that they hoped this arrest would ultimately lead to flashcarts disappearing from the market forever. While we doubt that would happen, the new rules and the heavy penalties might deter sellers in the future.