As reported earlier this month, Nintendo filed a lawsuit against website HackYourConsole.com with claims that “The site blatantly promotes and sells unauthorized Nintendo games along with devices and services that circumvent the security in the Nintendo DS system and the Wii console.”
While no formal statement has been issued, it looks like Nintendo’s legal action did its job because as of August 26th, just 19 days later, HackYourConsole.com is “out of service” with the only remaining message, “The site is out of service. At this time all Pre-orders have been cancelled. No new orders will be accepted.”
Nintendo has been after HackYourConsole.com for a while now due to their sale of R4 and other flashcarts that allow users to play pirated games on official Nintendo DS systems. Since Nintendo doesn’t own a patent on flash memory technology, they couldn’t stop either the manufacture or sales of the carts.
When HackYourConsole.com recently started taking pre-orders for the upcoming Gateway 3DS, a cart that could be used for playing pirated Nintendo 3DS games, Nintendo had enough and unleashed their lawyers.
HackYourConsole.com stated on FAQ section of their website that “The cards themselves aren't illegal because there's plenty of things that are legitimately free for them. It's the actual ds games that you download that are illegal.” However, they set up the flashcarts with the latest hack of Nintendo’s firmware to make it that much easier to access and play pirated games.
It is still unclear if the site is out of business because HackYouConsole.com lost the lawsuit, settled out of court, or just gave up because they couldn’t afford the legal fees to go up against the video game industry giant.
Now that HackYourConsole.com is no more, there is no “official” distributor of R4, flashcarts and the Gateway 3DS within the United States, but as history has proven, the hackers will still find a way.
You can read the original story about the lawsuit here.