In response to the sale of illegal Nintendo ‘themed’ hardware The U.S. District Court has issued a temporary restraining order against the import and sale of video game systems containing counterfeit versions of Nintendo games.
The devices which are primarily being targetted, are N64 shaped controllers which plug directly into your TV and allow the consumer to play pirated NES games, such as Mario Brothers or Donkey Kong. Nearly 10,00 of these items have already been seized by US customs with more to follow as the games are withdrawn from malls across America.
“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.”
Nintendo then: Not to be messed with