Saturday, August 2, 2008

TECHNOLOGY: Nintendo's lawsuit backfires: R4 prices, demand sky-rocket

By Frank Caron
"Following news that Nintendo has been aggressively tackling piracy in Japan, retailers across the country in the Land of the Rising Sun have begun to feel the weight of the Big N coming down on them. The infamous R4, a homebrew-capable flash cart designed specifically for the DS, has become a prized possession for those in Japan, and retailers are scurrying to get what they can while they can: Japanese retail prices for the R4 have shot up dramatically.

Kotaku points out just one retailer who, on the day of the R4 story, was selling the units for ¥2,980 ($28). The following day, the price had shot up to ¥4,980 ($46) and now, two days later, the unit is going for a cool ¥5,980 ($55). This is only one particular shop; many Japanese retailers are likely doing the same as the once-freely available device has now become a hunted treasure."


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