The import of R4 cards in Japan has been made illegal by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, bringing the beginning of the end to pirated games and homebrew software in Japan. With the sale of R4 cards having already been banned in Japan, gamers across the sea will have a harder time getting into the homebrew scene.
Homebrew software often leads to fun unique videogames that can highlight new and exciting things that gamers can do when they have access to development tools. Nevertheless, creating homebrew for Nintendo’s handheld systems requires an R4 card or another offshoot, and those cards have a bad reputation for being used for pirating games.
Nintendo led the charge against the R4 cartridges for several years and are finally getting results. The company’s triumph means that they will enjoy higher software sales throughout Japan, but this comes at the cost of the creative freedom of gamers who enjoyed creating their own harmless homebrew software.