Nintendo Files Lawsuit Against Console Hacking Website
08 Aug, 2013
A website that provides hacking modifications of Nintendo consoles has found itself in hot water with the company, as Nintendo filed a lawsuit yesterday against hackyourconsole.com, which they announced in a press release.
According to Nintendo’s statement, the website provides hacking services for Wii consoles, and also sells unauthorized products for Nintendo’s DS handheld system that allow the system to play games (or ROMs) which have been illegally copied. The website has also proudly hailed itself as an “authorized” dealer of the yet-to-be-released 3DS Gateway Cards, which will allow similar copying and playing of ROMs on the 3DS handheld.
Hackyourconsole.com has apparently removed the sale of hacked Wii consoles in response to the lawsuit, though they continue to sell the R4 and Acekard hacking tools for the DS. Joystiq reported that their Wii console came equipped with a hard drive containing 200 Wii games. Hackyourconsole has yet to make a statement regarding the lawsuit, either on their website or on their Facebook page.
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This is just another step in Nintendo’s growing effort to stamp out piracy on its consoles, which cost themselves and their third-party developers millions of dollars a year in revenue. Last month Nintendo won lawsuits against two distributors of the R4 in Japan, and was awarded nearly US$1 million in damages. The acts of importing and/or selling R4 devices are now both illegal in Japan.
Back in 2010, Nintendo also successfully sued an Australian gamer who obtained a copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii ahead of its Australian release date and uploaded the game online for others to download. Nintendo was awarded $1.3 million Australian in damages from that case, though it’s unlikely they’ll ever see much of it.
Piracy has a devastating effect on the gaming industry, and is especially prevalent amongst handheld devices, which are relatively simple to play copies on. A study in 2010 estimated that piracy of DS and Sony PSP games amounted to $42 billion worth of games between 2004 and 2009. The same report said that Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had been illegally downloaded over 5 million times across its 3 platforms.