Nintendo Closes-In On NES Pirates

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has issued a temporary restraining order against the import and sale of video game systems containing counterfeit versions of Nintendo games being sold at numerous shopping malls.

In a major first step in its efforts to stop the sale of infringing products throughout the United States, Nintendo of America filed the action against two companies, its officers and employees after receiving tips from more than 400 of its fans. In response to the specific court order, U.S. marshals will seize the counterfeit systems at shopping mall kiosks in the western Washington area. In addition, Nintendo is supporting numerous federal criminal investigations and U.S. Customs has seized tens of thousands of the infringing devices upon their entry into the country, all of which are assumed to be headed to malls across the United States for illegal sale.

The hundreds of thousands of products in question look identical to Nintendo 64 controllers and plug directly into televisions, allowing users to play dozens of illegally pirated Nintendo games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System, such as Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. Nintendo re-released many of these popular games, currently being pirated, as part of its Classic NES Series, which allows its fans to play their favorite classic games on their Game Boy Advance SP units. The bootleg products sell under the names Power Player, Super Joystick, Superjoy and Powerjoy. As a result of the federal court order, Nintendo is urging all mall management companies around the country to immediately close the kiosks selling the illegal products.

This action is one of many steps Nintendo is taking to protect its creative rights and to combat the growing international problem of product piracy, explains Jodi Daugherty, Nintendo of America's director of anti-piracy. Nintendo won't tolerate these illegal products, and is grateful to its devoted customers. We'll aggressively protect the quality and integrity of the video game products our fans are so loyal to.

Daugherty added, We're confident that mall management companies around the nation will provide their complete cooperation upon being informed of the court's decision.

Nintendo has information identifying kiosks distributing the illegal devices in malls in more than 40 states. They are often set up outside of Nintendo's legitimate retailers' stores. This is the largest piracy problem Nintendo has faced in the United States. Nintendo is still calculating the extent of its losses, but expects it to be in the millions of dollars, once the damage to both its reputation and the harm to relationships with its established business partners have been quantified.

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Nintendo Closes-In On NES Pirates

Oh I'm crying my eyes out with laughter.Nintendos biggest problem will always be its poor systems.The only thing that keeps them ticking is the gameboy advance.The consles will always goto sony and xbox.The reason is the dvd fromat.But now that sony is going into the handheld field I see them losing even more money.

Nintendo Closes-In On NES Pirates

Who the f**k still plays NES games on the gameboy or even wants to buy that crap? Who the f**k are these people!?!?! If i find out who they are I want to break their f**king legs for being so retarded and just handing nintendo free money for pieces of shit! You can get freeware games better than what nintendo sells for $60!!!!!!!! f**k THESSE NINTENDO BAFOONS WHO HAVE NO OTHER WAY OF MAKING MONEY THAN TO SUE PEOPLE FOR PIRATING GAMES MADE DURING THE JARRASIC PERIOD. JUST FOR THAT IM GOING TO DOWNLOAD A SHIT LOAD OF NES, SNES, AND N64 GAMES. THEN IM GOING TO PISS ON THEM BECAUSE THEIR NOT EVEN WORTH PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! f**k YOU NINTENDO GO TO f**kEN HELL YOU f**kEN POOR BASTARDS. I HOPE YOU ALL DIE IN A CAR ACCIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nintendo Closes-In On NES Pirates

HOLY CRAP!!!there are truly alot of peeps who HATE nintendo and i don't know yto me i don't hate nintendo or any of the other companies makin consoles and games. nintendo is a sort of justice seeking peacefull company and manage to get through every year even though peeps don't really buy thier systemsi mean wat has nintendo done to you guys that your sooo pissed.please answer...???

Nintendo Closes-In On NES Pirates

Anonymousat 14:34 5/11/2004I highly doubt that, post your scource!!!oh god.. quit it with the denials. if you want sources go to any game forum. go to any reliable game site and you will find at least one article supporting these claims. outside of this msg board (er.. which happens to be nintendo-related), everyone knows this

Nintendo Closes-In On NES Pirates

plus the market share for the xbox in europe, australia, parts of asia (notably southeast asia), and the good ol US of A is still growing even after 3 years while ps2 has declined (actually up now since the launch of pstwo) and the gcn seeing minimal increase in sales

Nintendo Closes-In On NES Pirates

Listen to all these f**king newbs who didn't start playing games until they got their playstation or there xbox and have almost certainly never played The Legend of Zelda talking bad about Nintendo. I can't believe how many people don't see the quality in so many Nintendo games. Just because it doesn't have hookers, swearing, and lots of senseless gratuity, doesn't mean it isn't a good game. What is worst is that because most of you have probably never sat down and played a real, quality game, just the overhyped pieces of **** that you hear about, GTA not included, that is actually good, you don't even know what you are talking about. Before you say anything about Nintendo, play Super Mario World, Link to the Past, and Ocarina of Time. If you can tell me that you still think Nintendo sucks after that, I will listen to what you have to say. Relevant to the actual topic, I've seen these things at my own mall and am pretty surprised to learn they are pirated. I had wondered why such a crappy looking piece of equipment was able to get the licenses of some of the best NES titles.

Nintendo Closes-In On NES Pirates

played them. theyre fun the first time around. no replay value. the reason why i dont like nintendo is because their games are targeted for lil youngns. and they rely way too much on first party. no variety. how many fcukin mario games do we really need?? mario pinball land, anyone?? konga bongo? please.. they spread their first party franchises too thin

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