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New anti-piracy technology cracks down on illegal downloads on the game system.

Illegal downloaders beware -- the new Nintendo 3DS is equipped to combat piracy. That's the word coming from THQ's executive VP of global publishing Ian Curran, according to the Computer and Video Games website.

Curran told
CVG that the new anti-piracy technology equipped on the newest version of the system is hard to crack. “Nintendo believes that the all-new anti-piracy tech in 3DS will be foolproof to cracks from illegal downloaders, ” said Curran. He adds that the technology is so highly advanced that isn't easy to describe. 

"I actually asked Nintendo to explain the technology and they said it's very difficult to do so because it's so sophisticated." 

Rewritable cartridges, specifically the R4 cartridge, has been outlawed in Japan.  Illegal activity stemming from the use of re-R4 is apparently rampant in the country.   THQ believes that the problem of widespread piracy has hindered the company from producing more games for the DS Lite and hurt sales in the past.  

"The problem with the DS market in the last few years, particularly with the DS Lite, is that it's just been attacked by piracy.  It's made it almost impossible to shift any significant volume.   The DSi combated it a little bit, but the 3DS has taken that a step further."

The 3DS will be available in the Spring of 2011





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