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Spanish Court Rules Nintendo DS Flash Carts Add Functionality

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253w ago - Nintendo has been making quite an effort to fight against several DS flash carts.

However, their complaints against devices such as the R4 card have been dismissed by Spanish Judge D. Gregorio Alvarez who ruled that the respective devices can actually add functionality to the Nintendo DS meaning it's not all about piracy.

To quote: "A judge in Salamanca, Spain has taken a much more nuanced view of it in a case pitting Nintendo against Grupo Movilquick, who produced alternative cartridges for Nintendo DS devices.

The judge's ruling (translated from the original) appears to find that the alternative cartridges do, in fact, circumvent Nintendo's DRM and can be used for "pirating" games, but also extend the utility of the devices for perfectly legal purposes.

For that reason, the judge dismissed the lawsuit (translation from the [Register or Login to view links]) noting that it doesn't make sense that the law would be intended to say that only Nintendo can expand the functionality of its devices, and the fact that Nintendo doesn't offer similar functionality shouldn't preclude others from doing so.

There are areas where Nintendo...
 

Nintendo Releases First DSi System Update, Blocks Flash Carts

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270w ago - Update: According to [Register or Login to view links], the new DSi Firmware v1.4 has reportedly blocked all flash carts but adds Facebook functionality. Some flash carts are updatable for the DSi, but as of yet there is apparently no work-around.

Today German site PlanetDS.de (linked above) is reporting that Nintendo's DSi handheld has received its first System Update.

There is currently no word yet on whether this targets Nintendo DSi Homebrew.

To quote, roughly translated: Nintendo has released the first system update for the Nintendo DSi. In version 1.4 the DSi Shop comes out with a new version and an update of the Nintendo DSi Browser can be downloaded.

The improvements that have been made, are a slightly better browsing speed and some security updates.

In addition, in Japan the Flipnote Studio received an updated as well. For now the US and Europe are still waiting for this free DSiWare opportunity to come.
 
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