Group demanding $4.4 million from four importers

TOKYO — A group led by Nintendo is demanding $4.4 million in damages against four importers of devices used to play pirated software on Nintendo DS handhelds.

In a suit filed on Saturday with the Tokyo District Court, Nintendo and 54 makers of DS software demanded that the companies stop importing and selling the R4 Revolution and similar devices, called “majicon” in Japan, that allow users to download pirated games and play them on the Nintendo DS handheld like a normal game cartridge. 

Nintendo’s cause is helped by a Tokyo District Court ruling in February that declared the import and sales of such devices illegal.

“Through the spread of majicon and other illegal devices, our company and software makers have suffered grievous harm,” Nintendo said in a statement. “We hope that, though this suit, recognition will grow among users and others in society at large of the great damage these devices have caused the computer game industry and start a wave that will sweep away these illegal devices from the marketplace.”

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