A leaked version of Pokemon Sun and Moon appeared on the internet last week for pirates to download. And while people may often scoff at the whole “piracy is a crime” thing, it seems Nintendo took a hard stance on the matter and is now banning any pirate that accessed their server with the leaked game.
And not just banned from playing their (illegal) version of the game. No, they took it a step further. Pirates that accessed the online component of the new Pokemon game now find themselves completely banned from the eShop. Blocking access to the eShop means that these pirates can’t access any of their previous purchases from the store for download.
Nintendo Brings Down the Ban Hammer
Kotaku reports that Nintendo had this to say on the matter:
As a result of a number of Nintendo 3DS users using unauthorized versions of several games, and connecting to the official game servers in violation of our terms of service, these users’ Nintendo 3DS systems that stored the unauthorized game code have been banned from Nintendo’s online network effective immediately.
So it seems the ban hammer only goes as far as those that went online with the leaked ROM. However, because of the severity of the ban it seems that the only choice for those affected is to purchase a new 3DS altogether.
Many of the affected are, well, angry of course. Some even going as far as saying that Nintendo has no right to restrict access for a product that they purchased.
Some of the less ethical people recommend purchasing a new 3DS, extracting the data from the new model and putting it into the affected one, and then returning the new one. Of course this just means that the poor soul that ends up buying that model is screwed over.
As of now, there’s been no word if the ban is permanent or only a temporary thing. However it just goes to show that Nintendo does not take piracy lightly and are willing to go to great lengths to show it.
Pokemon Sun and Moon releases world wide on November 18 except for Europe who will get it on November 23.