Nintendo loses in French Court

The giant that is Nintendo recently had a ruling handed down against them in a criminal court case. This court case was against Divineo, a mod chip maker for the Nintendo DS, whose flash cards can extend the functionality of the DS [Gamepolitics][IndustryGamers].

Now, the very fact that these cards exist should not be illegal. The fact is that flash cards that allow the access of multiple roms from a SD card (if you already own that particular game) should never be illegal. However, it is quite understandable why Nintendo would seek to limit this kind of functionality. On the other hand, there are many people who would use these cards for nefarious reasons. One of the comments seems to be that the Nintendo DS should be an open platform, similar to the PC (Mac, Linux, and Windows). This point I am completely against, because for those of you who don’t know, Nintendo basically created the modern gaming industry after the video game collapse of the 1980s. Nintendo’s strict quality control guidelines helped solved many of the previous problems that led to the collapse in the 80s. A single, unifying entity for publishing games ensures that consumers get the best quality games (in terms of being bug free and not crashing) instead of multiple sources. With PC game sales on the decline, it is quite easy to be for the closed platform system currently in place. The only thing that could potentially be good is if Nintendo institued some sort of Community Games like Microsoft has done with XNA.

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