December 12th, 2007, 18:51 Posted By: wraggster
Games downloaded to R4 cards for use in the Nintendo DS may hurt Macronix International, the Taiwan-based supplier of ROM featured in the Japanese vendor's official game cards, according to industry sources.
The sources noted R4 cards are already popular with gamers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the trend is also spreading to Japan.
While an official DS Game card offers only one Nintendo game, multiple games can be downloaded to a single R4 card. That means gamers can buy just one R4 card, which costs only as much as an Official Nintendo game card, and copy to it whatever games they may like without extra cost, the sources noted.
The growing trend is a threat to sales of Nintendo game cards, as well as the ROM supplier Macronix, who may see orders decrease, the sources claimed.
As much as 50% of Macronix's revenues currently come from ROM, the biggest client for which is Nintendo, the sources disclosed. Macronix's ROM for the DS is customized for its game cards. Nanya Technology, which has outsourced ROM orders from Macronix, may also be affected, the sources remarked.
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