Earlier this week Nintendo said that it was implementing anti-piracy measures into its upcoming 3-D hand-held that will help the company quell the use of third-party devices – like the R4 device for DS. Of course device makers probably haven’t had a chance to design such a device yet, so Nintendo should probably bring its "A game" to this fight. And honestly, it has been a fight for Nintendo to stop the use of R4 devices all over the world, despite some pretty successful legal victories around the world.
Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton believes that better protection methods and consumer awareness does have a significant impact on the overall problem of piracy.
"There are a lot of things we’ve learnt over time to try and improve the security and protection – not only of our IP but of our third-party publishers’ IP as well," Yarnton recently told Computer & Video Games.
Yarnton also believes that piracy could soon be in "the rear view" thanks to the advancements in protection technology and strong enforcement.
"I think perhaps there’s been a ‘heyday of piracy’ and we’ve now seen a lot of rules come in to stop it," he says.
Of course, it is way too early to make proclamations. In some circles, those kinds of statements are a challenge to hackers, who were told the same thing about jailbreaking the iPhone and the PS3. Anything is possible on either side, given enough effort and time.