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The Official Nintendo DS Storage Device

Yea, keep dreaming!

The mainstream news has been reporting on how the R4 is a device that is used to illegally download games. Does this sound familiar? Didn't we see the same scenario unfold with MP3s? Nintendo has started to go after the makers of the R4 and other compatible devices like the DSTT, M3 Real, N5DS, AceKard 2 or iTouch DS - just to name a few. :) Let's just face it, piracy will never go away, it'll just move to different channels. Apple did a great job with the music piracy problem by creating a subscription service, iTunes, and creating their own media player. Apple has sold a cr*pload of iPods and have sold more than 350 million songs worldwide. Apple posted $1.58 billion in net profit for the First quarter of 2008, 42% of came from iPod sales! Instead of going after all of the MP3 player companies, Apple saw what consumers wanted: portability and convenience, and did the right thing.

Nintendo needs to follow suite and embrace these DS storage devices and offer games as downloads the same way iTune works with music. Of course, the games would have be at a discounted rate, perhaps $15 instead of $20? There's always going to be a constant cat and mouse chase between the big "N" and these gadget companies. Hell, it's been going on since the NES days! The stories goes like this: Gadget company creates backup unit, Nintendo goes after them and shuts them down, Gadget company pops up as a different company creating the same product under a different name. Rinse and repeat. It happened with the Gameboy handheld and there are companies STILL selling Gameboy flash cards today. The Gameboy was released on April 21st, 1989 -- that's almost 20 years and Nintendo still hasn't been able to shut down these companies. You'd figure someone up in Nintendo HQ would get the clue that their consumers what more so there's always going to be the demand for these storage devices. Nintendo needs to create their own storage device, the Official Nintendo DS Storage device that'll allow you to download games via the DS wifi or perhaps a kiosk at the local mall or Walmart - wherever DS products are sold. This would be the only true counter-piracy move Nintendo could do to regain the pirate market share.

That's just my $0.02 on this whole age old "Piracy Gadget" vs. Nintendo shenanigans.

"People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?...It’s just not right. It’s not right. It’s not, it’s not going to change anything. We’ll, we’ll get our justice....Please, we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to work it out. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to work it out." -Rodney King


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