Having conquered both the Xbox 360 and PS3 in sales, Nintendo's biggest competitor may be freeloading pirates. After its annual lobby efforts with the US Trade Representative, the company singled out Brazil, China, Korea, Mexico, Paraguay, and Spain as piracy havens and asked the government to take further steps to combat Nintendo bootlegs for example, pressuring offending nations to clean up their act.

For the uninitiated, a black market DS cartridge can be purchased online to enable the playback of illegally downloaded games saved to a micro SD card. The Wii can also be modified with a "mod chip" to play DVDs, homebrewed software, and illegally copied games. Although Nintendo gave China the dubious honor of being the hub of production for counterfeit Nintendo products, it also blamed Brazil, Korea, Mexico, Paraguay, and Spain for having lax legislation to combat piracy.

 
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In this economy, gamers who are feeling the credit-crunch may find it hard to justify paying upwards of half-a-grand on a shiny new video game console. But not to worry. You can still get your mitts on that high-powered gaming machine you’ve always wanted without having to make your wallet cry. But which console is the best fit for you?

First up is Sony’s PlayStation 3. At $399.99, the basic 80GB model is the most expensive basic-model console available. However, take a closer look at what you get for what you pay for. In addition to its gradually developing game library, the PS3 also plays Blu-ray movies, DVDs, and CDs. It provides 1080p digital resolution for Blu-ray discs and up scales your old DVDs to high resolution. Its built-in Wi-Fi and free Internet browser allow you to access your free PlayStation Network membership, where you can play online free of charge.  

 

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