What is right, legal, and just is more often then not viewed as a permanent fixture of living. Murdering other people for example is not lawful, because of the injury and insecurity murder causes within a society. So the question is, are all laws just? While it is easy to make the case for really big things, the law becomes murky when examining individual cases. This is especially true when looking at software and intellectual property laws.
When it comes to the cards made for the Nintendo DS, many people argue on both sides. Gaming companies and Nintendo believe that DS cards like the r4i sdhc card will result in piracy and a breach of use. Independent gamers on the other hand do not see using a r4i sdhc card a breach of use, but rather an extension of the gaming console they legally purchased and have a right to own. Lets take a look at how this argument breaks down.
Legally speaking, gaming cards like the r4i sdhc card for the Nintendo DS are allowed. The major exception to this rule is the United Kingdom, where their purchase was banned. The purchase of the cards was banned because the companies in charge saw these cards as being a possible source of piracy for their games. Though they were successful in banning the cards in the UK, that still hasn’t stopped online sales or slowed down the usage of r4i sdhc cards in the UK.
Morally speaking, r4i sdhc cards are less easily defined. As the individual has a right to use what they purchase, possibly pirating software is seen as wrong and in many religions a sin. However, denying the r4i sdhc card or cards similar to it from being sold is like saying that if you buy a broom, you can not use the stick end for any other reason but as a handle to sweep. The morality of infringing on people’s rights when being overly cautious is a hot button issue.
When looking at the problem straight on, the answer becomes clear. With the number of people using r4i sdhc cards, even if every person pirated, it would not effect the overall sales numbers. The truth is, the number of people who own r4i sdhc cards use them primarily for reasons having nothing to do with piracy.
One of the really cool things about modern gaming is connect-ability. Anyone with a console and an internet connection has the option to play online with other players, sometimes from across the world. Nowhere is this more obvious than with handheld gaming. The Nintendo 3DS R4i can turn any wifi network into an online multiplayer experience. It is actually fairly awe inspiring. However, it can also be fairly hit or miss. Not every game supports wifi connected play, and not all of the games that support wifi gameplay are actually entertaining to play online. With that in mind, here is a short list of games that can be fun to play on the 3DS over a wireless network.
First on the list is Mario Kart 7. For those who somehow haven’t heard of the franchise, Mario Kart is a zany Nintendo racing series in which each player tries to be the first to the finish line while messing with the other players through a variety of silly power ups. Mario Kart seems like one of those games that would be great at parties and it can be, but in a special way. Like Monopoly, Mario Kart is one of those games that brings out people’s competitive streak and really gets people in the game. In single player mode Mario Kart can be genuinely entertaining, but the game was designed for multiplayer.
Second on the list is Super Street Fighter IV. Street Fighter is a longstanding fighting series that features everything you would expect from such a game. Your primary mode of gameplay is button mashing and combo stringing as you to take down your opponent before he takes you down. It’s simple, but it can be fun, and like the previous game it pretty much demands multiplayer. Where Super Street Fighter for the 3DS stands out is in catering to online play. Super Street Fighter allows players to reap benefits for playing online, in the form of a unique system that uses battle points collected online to unlock characters.
Finally, we have Resident Evil: Mercenaries. This game is interesting in that it is sort of compilation game rather than a standalone title. Resident Evil: Mercenaries combines a series of minigames that were featured in the fourth and fifth game of the zombie killing series. While Mercenaries has been heralded for the enjoyable nature of its gameplay, it has also been criticized for the lack of gameplay content in single player. The good news is these single player criticisms do not apply to multiplayer, which takes the single-player maps and brings in more players for added entertainment.