Wednesday, 21 April 2010

R4 Device Blamed For Supposed Drop In DS Game Sales

Nintendo has commented that the R4 device (that allows pirated games to be played on the DS) has contributed to the massive drop in DS games sales.

Back in June 2009 Nintendo monitored 10 overseas websites to see how much in illicit downloads were been done over a certain period and calculated that 238 million downloads were done, equating to £7 billion in lost sales. It has also been reported that European DS software sales fell 45 per cent between April and December 2009.

It is fairly striking when compared with the decline figures for the US and Japan. However, I must agree that I haven’t bought a new DS game for some time (and all the current DS games I own are 100% legitimate). I still think the portable is a fine device but with the glut of casual games that flooded the market in the last couple of years and everyone buying a DS in that time, maybe consumers are happy with what they have and don’t want to buy anything else recently. Release a new Advance Wars title though and you’ve got yourself a deal Nintendo.

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