When Pokemon Sun and Moon leaked out into the wild piraters were in heaven. Some modfied the given ROM style files to play on PC, but it was all too popular to put the game directly onto a 3DS should they have the proper know how and hacking ability to do it, especially given the games were fully functional. After all, these files were created off legit copies of the game, so piraters have been able to battle online and basically participate in the full 100% functionality of the games.
Nintendo is now putting an end to that as we lead up to the game’s launch this Friday. Several piraters on 4chan and GBATemp are now complaining profusely that Nintendo has banned their accounts. What Nintendo essentially did is made it impossible for their given 3DS (the actual system) and the account associated to access online functionality. That means if they wanted to go ahead and purchase a legit copy, they can’t, nor can they access any of their digital library or download any future updates or games. They also can’t, naturally, use any other online functionality.
*Warning, images from this point forward do contain some rather strong language*
This has lead many to be extremely furious with Nintendo, including swearing them off entirely:
This is naturally a bit silly, as folks illegally downloaded and pirated a game to illegally play it on their 3DS. To assume Nintendo was just going to sit back and let players get away with that is silly. That they went as far as they have is downright justifiable. Nintendo has always taken a hard stance on piracy and I find it hard to disagree with their actions here. If you’re doing this sort of thing, you should be willing to accept the consequences.
Of course those affected are coming up with crazy ways to try and save their accounts and restore access, such as some clever 3DS account swapping techniques that could possibly re-enable account access on a new 3DS… but then they plan to turn around and resell the old 3DS, which would never be able to have online functionality (and it’s not something that is often tested), thus future buyers of that hardware would get screwed. Needless to say, we have entered the realm of extremely shady dealings in the pirating world.
Here is an example of what the banned users see any time they try to access online services on their 3DS:
Of course you may think only a singular user is upset, but here are some more examples, showing just how ridiculous things are getting:
There are dozens and dozens of more complaints out there. However, one person did expertly explain why he totally deserved the ban and is not upset at all:
I personally see no reason to be this upset. It’s a risk you assumed by doing what you were doing in the first place. We took a strong stance against this game getting leaked in the first place in a recent podcast episode.