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REPORT - Nintendo Wants to Hunt Down Game Pirates and Block Websites

“Nintendo, along with its publishers and developers, is injured by the prevalence and ease of illegal online distribution,” the company explains in their letter.

“In the past few years, the scope of online piracy for Nintendo has grown dramatically. Every month tens of thousands of illegal Nintendo game files are detected on the Internet. The legal environment to limit the flow of these files remains extremely challenging.”

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25 Feb 2013 16:42

This is so frustrating! Thankfully it hasn't started on 3DS/Wii U yet. It seems it has become harder for hackers to make this possible. They used to be much faster. Oh well thanks to advances in technology and the use of updates etc.

I know some people downloaded illegal games cause they wanted all games available without switching carts (Stupid argument to condone stealing) but that argument had become useless now we have the eShop and digital retail games.

There is so much greed in this world. And even is a Publisher is greedy, that doesn't mean you have to stoop to their level. :)
Sorry for my rant! I just get fired up about these things. :3
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25 Feb 2013 16:58

I'd personally recommend fixing their joke of a localisation policy as a good starting point, but of course they won't do that because it's too much of a consumer friendly thing to improve.
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25 Feb 2013 16:59

Oh I don't doubt that Nintendo is serious about piracy. Reselling those VC games ad infinium seems to be a pretty big cash cow for them, from all the fans I've seen willing to buy these games over and over on Wii, 3DS, and foaming at the mouth to rebuy them again on WiiU! And now that they are jumping on the HD Re-release bandwagon, I'm sure they are more serious than ever before.

AyeHaley wrote:This is so frustrating! Thankfully it hasn't started on 3DS/Wii U yet. It seems it has become harder for hackers to make this possible. They used to be much faster. Oh well thanks to advances in technology and the use of updates etc.

I know some people downloaded illegal games cause they wanted all games available without switching carts (Stupid argument to condone stealing) but that argument had become useless now we have the eShop and digital retail games.

There is so much greed in this world. And even is a Publisher is greedy, that doesn't mean you have to stoop to their level. :)
Sorry for my rant! I just get fired up about these things. :3

Please. It's Nintendo's own fault, the Wii's architecture was laughably easy to break. DS was even easier.
Don't get me wrong, I hate that they have to waste money on security like they do, but facts are facts and it is a necessity in today's world.
And if you are going to comment on greed in the world, let's discuss Nintendo selling titles like Balloon Fight digitally 3 times now, and still refusing to integrate an account based system into 3DS.
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25 Feb 2013 17:19

@BlueRangerVegeta
"Please. It's Nintendo's own fault, the Wii's architecture was laughably easy to break. DS was even easier. "

I'm not arguing with your entire post, but this part right here bugs me. The ease of a crime does not make it less of a crime.
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25 Feb 2013 17:43

Hawk wrote:@BlueRangerVegeta
"Please. It's Nintendo's own fault, the Wii's architecture was laughably easy to break. DS was even easier. "

I'm not arguing with your entire post, but this part right here bugs me. The ease of a crime does not make it less of a crime.

I agree fully. But unfortunately that is the world we live in. Nintendo needs to take better security measures.
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25 Feb 2013 19:44

Nintendo pursuing this would just be a complete waste of time and money. It's a complete losing battle. The time and money could be spent infinitely better.

Boggles the mind Microsoft and Nintendo and Sony haven't figured it out. Sony actually had it. They had Linux on PS3 and a thriving homebrew scene WITHOUT piracy. Then they took that away and within weeks, the homebrew devs cracked open the PS3 which led the piracy.

Simple. Provide a homebrew platform for the system out of the box and those smart people who want homebrew won't crack open your system and open the door for the pirates.
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26 Feb 2013 00:50

OmicronTurtle wrote:Nintendo pursuing this would just be a complete waste of time and money. It's a complete losing battle. The time and money could be spent infinitely better.

Boggles the mind Microsoft and Nintendo and Sony haven't figured it out. Sony actually had it. They had Linux on PS3 and a thriving homebrew scene WITHOUT piracy. Then they took that away and within weeks, the homebrew devs cracked open the PS3 which led the piracy.

Simple. Provide a homebrew platform for the system out of the box and those smart people who want homebrew won't crack open your system and open the door for the pirates.


homebrew and console reprograming even if its out of the box -is very hard to limit where the code is gonna reach-will easily open many doors for piracy, it just makes it a bit harder if it must be developed outside.
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26 Feb 2013 15:44

piracy will exist as long as games are priced at a premium. end of story. i think many are unable to see that the current piracy scene exists as a counter to the extreme fleecing policies of corporate game makers. every game blog is talking about a crash in the industry, well, the upcoming games crash is due to the greed of the console makers. at least pirates give their work to the internet for free...

speaking as a person who refuses moving to hd systems due to unfair corporate policy (and weak ass, repetitive games), i hope that the wii homebrew scene blows up (again) and that more "indie" game designers realize they could make any game they wanted, release it to the homebrew scene, and ask only for donations for their work, taking every penny to the bank. that's a gaming scene that could actually get me excited to play games again. i'm calling my 30 year support of nintendo off, at least until they do something worth my interest.

third thought: if pachter is right, and nintendo could suffer their current losses for another 20 years before seeing money problems, how is it that they could make ANY argument that they're not getting a far better deal out of the current state of things than their supporters? if you could stop working today, and live off the interest earned in your previous work for the next 20 years, wouldn't that mean you're already rich as shovel and don't really need to further your pursuit of $$$? yet, nintendo releases the same four games every year... hmmmm

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