Californian Man Caught Selling Rigged Consoles
Californian resident Mikel Euskaldunak was recently caught in an act of rigging Nintendo consoles. In violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Nintendo is suing Euskaldunak for selling Nintendo Switch consoles to consumers enabling them to play unauthorized games. Furthermore, Euskaldunak is accused to have been selling modified NES Classic’s that are coming with 800 unauthorized games, which are preloaded on it.
Regarding the incident, Nintendo stated the following: “Copyright law prohibits both the copying of Nintendo Console Games and the modification of the Nintendo Switch and NES Classic Edition consoles to play unauthorized copies of Nintendo Console Games.” They add that defendants “do not have a license to distribute any of those additional games. Defendants sell these modified NES Classic Edition game systems for $15.00 above retail price.”
Moreover, Nintendo is suing 100 other defendants accused of copyright infringement as well.
Keeping in mind that Nintendo is not one to tolerate copyright infringement, let’s all hope that this conflict gets resolved soon.
Reggie Speaks Out On Sales And More
Despite some bad vibes felt by investors at the moment due to a perceived disappointing Switch season, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé is, characteristically, just as pumped as ever. In an interview with Forbes, Fils-Aimé spoke about their current sales given some recent big releases, as well as what 2019 looks like for Nintendo.
“We’re feeling confident in our momentum,” says Reggie, adding “and it’s not just a stellar launch of Pokémon, it’s not just what appears to be a stellar launch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. That Black Friday through Cyber Monday time frame was critically important to us, the remaining shopping days now through Christmas are critically important to us. More days right after Christmas as consumers receive gift cards or take unwanted gifts and monetize into things like Nintendo Switch are important to us. So, this is going to be an ongoing effort to make sure that we drive our business forward through the balance of this holiday season but also the first calendar quarter as well.”
Fils-Aimé was also very enthusiastic about the current selection of games on the Switch, as well as downloadable content. He stated:
“the Nintendo Switch is performing at historic levels. As we sit here today, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, each one did attaching at better than 50%, meaning each of these games in the United States across the population of hardware consume one out of every two consumers that bought those games.” Regarding DLC, Fils-Aimé noted that “whether it’s paid or free, in driving ongoing engagement with Nintendo Switch as a platform and with the particular games. And you’ve seen that with what we’ve done with Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with paid DLC you’ve seen that, what we’ve done with Splatoon 2 and Arms, with both free and paid DLC. So, it’s something that we’re looking at, but what’s important is that the DLC provide new and additional experiences for the consumer.”
Fils-Aimé also spoke out about the Nintendo’s new online service, saying that it is “going to be a key area of focus for us. In terms of the legacy content, we’ve said that our focus right now is for NES content.” In other words, for now, Nintendo is working on making the online service more beneficial for players who want the ability to play older games on the go and at home. As well, it’s shaping up to be a broader apparatus that replaces, among other things, the Virtual Console.
Overall, we can see that the always-enthused Reggie FIls-Aimé is very excited about Nintendo’s future. Our only hope is that he is able to spread to excitement to investors.
Nintendo’s E3 Participation
Reggie Fils-Aimé also sat down in an interview with IGN to discuss various topics. As we all know, Nintendo has changed its E3 format in recent years, going from a traditional on-stage presentation strategy to a Nintendo Direct-esque approach. Furthermore, while Sony may not be attending E3 next year, it certainly doesn’t mean that Nintendo will skip the opportunity. As Reggie states:
“E3, those five days, is the opportunity for the world to find out what’s new for video games as entertainment. And during that time, we generate more engagement than…whether it’s CES or Comic-Con, or other big entertainment events. People tune in to find out what’s new and to have first playable experiences for our industry. That’s why E3 is important to Nintendo.”
Fils-Aimé also stated that it’s a perfect time to engage players, saying that “it’s a very effective opportunity to deliver our message, and therefore it’s a bit of a no-brainer for us to participate.”
While the Sony news is a bit sad, it’s good to know that Nintendo is still in on the game.
Will There Be Any Redemption For Red Dead 2 On Switch?
Making the rounds with the Hollywood Reporter following the Game Awards, Reggie Fils-Aimé sat down with them to discuss some topics regarding the Switch, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and other things. Interestingly, the Hollywood Reporter brought up Red Dead Redemption 2‘s lack of existence on the Switch. Reggie explained that he would love to have a game like Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Switch. However, he added:
“But again — and this is where there needs to be an understanding of just the development process — Red Dead has been in development for years, time that predated any communication of Nintendo Switch. So, from the developer’s mentality, they need to move forward and finish the game they’ve been working on and then be in a position to look at other opportunities. Any game from a key third-party that’s coming out now, typically that development started well before any conversations about Nintendo Switch. What happens moving forward? We’ll see. But that’s how you wind up with a situation with Red Dead not being available on our platform.”
In other words, Red Dead Redemption 2 had been in development well before the announcement of the Switch, with GameSpot reporting that it may have been in development since after the original was released in 2010 — meaning the Wii U had yet to be released.
While I can’t see Red Dead Redemption 2 being on the Switch at all, unless it took a major hit on performance, Take-Two, Rockstar’s parent company, has released a number of other games on the Switch. Most notably, L.A. Noire had been released on the Switch, whose development was also led by Rockstar. If anything, we could all at least hope for a re-release of 2010’s Red Dead Redemption on the Switch, or perhaps Grand Theft Auto V.
The Week’s Releases
While last week saw the ginormous release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Switch, whose review you can find here, these next few weeks won’t be quite as hot in terms of releases. However, the week was not without some notable ones.
Guacamelee! 2 saw its release on Switch this week, to a price of $19.99 USD. Right now, you can purchase it at a discount for $17.99. Additionally, you can now purchase Desert Child, a strange multi-genre game, on Switch for $11.99 USD, as well as RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures on Switch for $49.99 USD.
Furthermore, as Game Informer reports, subscribers to the Nintendo Switch Online service now have access to a few more games. These include Wario’s Woods, Ninja Gaiden, and The Adventures of Lolo. Of the three, I would definitely recommend trying Ninja Gaiden, but do prepare for a generous bit of challenge. The game isn’t kind to those looking for some casual fun.
As always, you can find these and more on the Nintendo Game Store.