There’s no denying that Nintendo’s DS ( and its subsequent revision) got pretty hammered by software piracy. Thanks to the R4 and its successors, the DS was probably the single system this generation that’s been most hacked. Sure, those cards also allow for some pretty sweet homebrew applications and added features the DS was sorely missing – but mostly they’re just used to get games for free.
According to Nintendo, that’s not going to happen with the 3DS.
“We can’t divulge any technical details on that but needless to say this is probably one of our best pieces of equipment in that respect. There are a lot of things we’ve learnt over time to try and improve the security and protection – not only of our IP but of our third-party publishers’ IP as well.â€ said Nintendo UK Boss David Yarnton to CVG.
“It’s not just to the extent of the technical side but on a global basis many countries and governments are recognising that the IP of creative industries and such needs to be protected,” he added. “There are things happening all the time, but as I said if you went and made bold statements saying ‘this is uncrackable’…”
More than just added security, piracy might be diminishing thanks to changes in international IP law, and some pretty hefty fines issued to people contravening them.
Nintendo’s James Honeywell believes “There’s definitely a step change coming and you see it in various countries around the world.” “People are aware that video games, music and movies make massive contributions to the economies of countries. They need to make sure they start protecting those things.”I think perhaps there’s been a ‘heyday of piracy’ and we’ve now seen a lot of rules come in to stop it.”
He added: “Recently there’s been some quite significant cases where there were some grey areas as far as IP protection goes. Recently there have been a couple of rulings with R4s where people have been found guilty and had quite significant sentences against them.â€ “This now makes a precedent that potentially in the future it won’t be a viable thing for people to do.”
With the increased cost of development for 3DS titles, I’d certainly hope there’s at least less piracy on Nintendo’s new handheld.
Source : CVG
Last Updated: January 27, 2011