Nintendo to Begin Combating Piracy with 3DS

Nintendo to Begin Combating Piracy with 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is supposed to hit shelves by March 2011, at which time Nintendo will also roll out anti-piracy measures for the handheld system.

After releasing the company’s earnings report on Friday, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that there are plans in place to curb the rampant piracy of Nintendo DS games. Not wanting to give “hints” to those who pirate games, Iwata didn’t go into the specifics of what they plan to do. He did mention his fear that people are growing more accepting of piracy as it grows more widespread.

“We fear a kind of thinking is become widespread that paying for software is meaningless. We have a strong sense of crisis about this problem.”

In Asia and Europe, piracy was named the contributing factor for the region’s 50 percent decrease in DS game sales. Nintendo has since claimed that DS games have been pirated a total of 238 million times.

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