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Nintendo Files Lawsuit against HackYourConsole.com



  Nintendo Files Lawsuit against HackYourConsole.com

               Online Business Targeted in Global Piracy Fight

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- August 7, 2013

In the ongoing global fight against video game piracy, Nintendo of America
Inc., has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida against the
owner of HackYourConsole.com. The site blatantly promotes and sells
unauthorized Nintendo games along with devices and services that circumvent
the security in the Nintendo DS system and the Wii console.

The operator of HackYourConsole.com has developed a global business focused on
selling unauthorized copies of Nintendo games and game-copying devices (such
as the R4 device) used to circumvent the technological protection measures
contained in the Nintendo DS family of hand-held systems. The website
operator, for a fee, also provides services to hack and modify the Wii console
and allow the play of illegal software.

HackYourConsole.com also claims to be an authorized distributor for the
yet-to–be-released 3DS Gateway cards. The Gateway device is promoted as
operating similar to the R4 game copier for the Nintendo DS, which facilitates
the play of illegally downloaded games. Game copying devices, such as the R4,
severely undermine the sales of video games created by thousands of
developers.

“Piracy on the Nintendo DS system has a huge impact on games sales,” said
Jools Watsham, co-founder and director of Renegade Kid. “It can affect
everyone involved, including the many honest players out there. If independent
studios, like ours, are unable to recoup the money they invest into game
development, through the sales of their games, we will unfortunately see fewer
independent games developed in the future.”

Illegal copying of video game software is an international problem that
continues to stifle the growth of the creative development community.
Companies such as Nintendo, various law enforcement authorities and trade
organizations such as the Entertainment Software Association, continue to take
aggressive steps to prevent the proliferation of these devices on a global
scale.

To report game copiers, illegal Nintendo software or other piracy-related
activities, please contact Nintendo at 800-255-3700 or
piracyscene@noa.nintendo.com.

For more information about Nintendo’s fight against piracy, visit
http://ap.nintendo.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii U^™ and Wii^™ home consoles, and Nintendo
3DS^™ and Nintendo DS^™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it
launched the Nintendo Entertainment System^™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1
billion video games and more than 655 million hardware units globally,
including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as
well as the Game Boy^™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi^™ and
Nintendo DSi XL^™, Super NES^™, Nintendo 64^™, Nintendo GameCube^™ and Wii
systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known,
household names such as Mario^™, Donkey Kong^™, Metroid^™, Zelda^™ and
Pokémon^™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in
Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the
Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the
company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

Note to editors: Nintendo press materials are available at
http://press.nintendo.com, a password-protected site. To obtain a login,
please contact Deanna Avila at 213-438-8742 or davila@golinharris.com. Users
can receive instant Nintendo information by subscribing to the site’s RSS
feed.

Contact:

GOLIN HARRIS
Jonathan Silverstein
212-373-6046
jsilverstein@golinharris.com
or
Kristie Tomkins
213-438-8830
ktomkins@golinharris.com
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