Pokemon Sun & Moon Piraters are Getting Permanently Banned by Nintendo


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:


Needless to say, if you’re modifying your system via hacking (which you need to do to play the game), you already broke the terms of use for the system in the first place. This seems to be hitting only people who then played the game online, a pretty idiotic move as it makes tracking who is using illegal copies that much easier for Nintendo. Moral of the story – do something illegal, you could lose everything.

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.

Source: Kotaku

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

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  • SoulEater98

    I’ve heard from people in forums that it’s a 15 day temporary ban.

    • The account bans look like they may be temporary – the hardware restrictions are not (according to Nintendo’s customer support). What this means is they have to move their account to a new 3DS unit. Some are already planning to do just that, as noted above. Sadly they are also looking to screw over other future customers in the used market in the process, sadly.

      • Joshua Barger

        they should smash the locked 3ds’s with a hammer to prevent screwing people over.

      • juan funes

        But how can they do that, if you need to log to internet to make the transfer between consoles?

      • Koen Diepen Van

        They are not screwing ppl over in the future. The ppl who sell the bricked system are screwing ppl over. It´s so easy to put the blame on nintendo. But that isn´t right. Fact is the pirates broke the law. And if they sell bricked systems and tell you that it´s just a normal one they are brakeing the law again.

  • Kari

    I’m not involved, but I find it funny that you find that “justifiable.” Permanent bans for an entire piece of hardware just fuck Nintendo over. As you said, people are going to try to resell their devices and get new ones. So now we’ll have a bunch of used devices that can’t be used online, being sold/traded all over — a mess. Additionally, many pirates DO buy games here and there, a ban just means Nintendo loses money where they didn’t have to. Bans are fine and justifiable, permanent bans hardware-wide are a shot in the foot overall.

    • The system is already bricked by then hacking it. They’re selling hacked hardware which isn’t legal in the first place.

  • kiden

    I question the legality of bricking the hardware like that. Nintendo does not own the hardware, the person who bought the 3ds does. Ban their accounts, sure, but you can’t just destroy something that somebody paid money for. That would be like if Microsoft were to write a virus that deletes system 32 if somebody installed a program they didn’t like. The person who bought the hardware owns it, period.

    • TheGamenerd5

      There not bricking the system, there just stoping them from using Internet funchionson the 3ds, if the people did the crine once they will most likely do it again

    • Joshua Barger

      yeah but the hardware was being used to steal games from Nintendo. Plus by hacking, they broke the terms of use for the system hardware that they already agreed to. I would argue that Breaking terms of use, and then stealing software on top of that… Puts the ball entirely in Nintendo’s court. These people got what was coming to them, and IMO, its a small price to pay for stealing. Shoplifters go to jail for stealing things oftentimes a lot less valuable.

    • Koen Diepen Van

      Well said news for you even if that was true, they .Do own the software, you are just leasing the OS so they can brick you legally.

    • roflcopter66

      The console still works offline. It just can’t connect to the Nintendo servers.

      • TrueLotus

        Exactly. Which means they still have full use of the 3DS itself, Just not use of the online servers which nintendo does own.

  • Jose

    It’s a reason why I don’t do any of these things. I feel it’s justified because let’s face it, the leaking really did screw things up for Nintendo so something had to be done.

  • Fhilippe Marcel Duarte de Alme

    Will suffer the consequences of their illegal actions. Well done

  • Jay Andrews

    They didn’t ban people for simply pirating the game. They banned people who tried to access online like an idiot before the game came out. Pirated copies still work to this day, even online.

    Source: I have a hacked 3DS.

    Come at me. I don’t need to be a pirate to enjoy the benefits of modding my 3DS.