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Nintendo suits allege allowing illegal downloading

The video game giant teams with 54 game developers in going after companies they say are making it possible to illicitly download games for the DS handheld.

Nintendo on Tuesday filed lawsuits in Japan against five companies it said are allowing the illegal downloading of games from the Internet and the subsequent playing of those games on the company's hit DS handheld device.

The video game giant filed its suit along with 54 game development companies, all in the hopes of stopping the defendants--which it did not name in a press release--from enabling the downloading.

Nintendo "filed a legal action with the Tokyo District Court regarding game copying devices such as the 'R4 Revolution for DS' seeking to stop the importing and selling of those devices based on Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Act," Nintendo wrote in its release. "Nintendo and its game software developers report that the spread of game copying devices in Japan hinder the growth/development of the entire video game industry. Nintendo and the software developers will continue to be aggressive in taking legal measures in Japan against any game copying devices that operate like the R4."