Pirates have been hurting Nintendo’s bottom line, and Nintendo is sick of it. To stop them, the company is heading to court to hit the pirates where it hurts — their ability to move their hacked products.
HackYourConsole.com is the modding and pirating retailer Nintendo is taking to court, claiming the site “willfully and knowingly” sells devices optimized to play illegally downloaded games on the Wii and DS. These devices are called flashcarts and they’re inexpensive, making them ideal for a career of hacking Wii and DS titles. But it’s not just Nintendo the pirates are hurting.
Mutant Mudds developer Jools Watsham said: “Piracy on the Nintendo DS system has a huge impact on games sales. It can affect everyone involved, including the many honest players out there. If independent studios, like ours, are unable to recoup the money they invest into game development, through the sales of their games, we will unfortunately see fewer independent games developed in the future.”
While hackers have yet to figure out a quick solution to hacking on the 3DS, HackYourConsole.com did recently start selling Gateway 3DS, a flashcart promising to hack the 3DS for free games. Nintendo, however, remedied this with a software update.
If the lawsuit brought against the site is effective, Nintendo will see the hacking site and Gateway distributor shut down before it can figure out a viable way to hack the 3DS or the Wii U.