(AFP) – Jul 29, 2008
TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese video game giant Nintendo Co. said Tuesday it had filed a lawsuit against five firms for selling devices that enable illegal software to run on its popular DS handheld game consoles.
Nintendo, which filed the suit jointly with 54 software makers in Tokyo District Court, said the five Tokyo-area companies had compromised its profits by marketing the "Majikon" devices.
Nintendo has demanded a court order to bar the firms from importing and selling the devices in Japan, the company said in a statement.
"The company and the software makers have suffered significant damages by those who import and sell such devices. The company will continue taking stern legal action."
Nintendo has long dominated the market for handheld machines and continues to enjoy strong demand for its double-screen Nintendo DS, selling 30.31 million units over the last fiscal year to March.
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