A Nintendo hacker was sentenced to jail for 40 months, as was announced by Nintendo today. Here are the details.
You can't make this sh*t up: A hacker named Bowser hacked Nintendo. Insert the obvious joke that he was born to do this. Sadly, this Bowser doesn't get off with Mario beating him up a little – this Bowser is going to jail for 40 months.
Nintendo Hacker Sentenced to Jail for 40 Months
Gary Bowser was creating and selling devices that hosted pirated Nintendo Games. An obvious crime, so we're not gonna sit here and pretend like he doesn't deserve punishment. The U.S. government, which has predators like the Activision Blizzard heads running around free, came down hard on Bowser and wanted 5 years of jail time for Bowser, but his legal team managed to cut his time down to 40 months.
Still, no need to pity Bowser, whose entire enterprise made tens of millions of dollars from their shenanigans. Oh, fun fact, the lawsuit against Gary Bowser was filed by Nintendo president Doug Bowser. Again, you can't make this sh*t up.
So, what do we learn from this? Don't sell pirated content, and don't cross Nintendo. They also recently came down hard on a fan-made Pokemon shooter, and banned all their music from YouTube. Seriously, Nintendo doesn't like when their IPs are interacted with in any way other than being bought.