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Oops, Nintendo Will Ban Switch Consoles with Pirated Games

By Muhammad Bilal Syahrir

One thing is clear: It’s unsafe to play pirated games on Switch.


Guys, do not even try to play pirated games. This is because Nintendo will ban Switch consoles if you are playing with them.

A hacker on Reddit, as reported by Pocketgamer.biz claims that Nintendo will ban Switch consoles permanently from its online network if found guilty using pirated software.

The Nintendo Switch‘s piracy concern has been around after hackers discovered an “unpatchable” exploit in the console, which gave them deep access to system files, thus, allowing them to create a coding capable of bypassing the system files.

The user under the name of SciresM warned users regarding pirated games on Nintendo’s number one console at the moment. “Nintendo can detect whether or not the user connecting has data from a Nintendo-authorised gamecard for the correct title.” He stated in his post.

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If your game is legal, then you will receive a unique certification that allows you to play online. However, if you are caught with a pirated game, your game cartridge will be banned for online use and you could be permanently banned from the Nintendo Network. Digital pirated games appear to automatically trigger a ban.

SciresM goes on by saying that Nintendo “perfectly prevents online piracy,” because, due to “a fair amount of other, unknown (encrypted) data” in these certificates, it is quite easy for Nintendo to detect when a game is being shared.

According to the Nintendo’s website, it takes a strong stance against video game piracy.

“Nintendo opposes those who benefit and trade off the creative work of game developers, artists, animators, musicians, motion capture artists and others,” the website read.

“Piracy continues to be a significant threat to Nintendo’s business, as well as to the businesses of more than 1,400 game development companies that work to provide games for Nintendo systems. Most importantly, game developers and publishers depend on the legitimate sales of their games in order to survive.”

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“Piracy discourages innovation and new game development; it can also lead to a reduction in the number of jobs available within the industry, all of which ultimately impacts the consumer,” it ended.

Edited by Devi

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