ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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When they're not dazzling us with the remarkably low cost of the and their fantastic new games, are keeping a watchful eye on their community to ensure they're not up to anything... untoward. Naturally, this practice has continued with the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon.

But rather than just keeping an eye on them, Nintendo has actually started to ban players who came into possession of through illegitimate channels. Water channels that is... cause they're pirates.

Pirating Pokémon Sun And Moon Could See You Banned From Your 3DS

I'm not sure he can live that long...
I'm not sure he can live that long...

Prior to the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, illegal copies of the games were floating around the interwebs with ease. We actually had a fan theory proven correct from these leaks, as well as info regarding the best starter to choose. But it seems like certain people who pirated Sun and Moon are paying for their actions in a big way, or at least their 3DS is.

Info coming in from the likes of GBAtemp and 4chan indicates that the big N is seeking out pirates and blocking them from playing Pokémon Sun and Moon online. But that's not all, they're actually restricting general access to the eshop, meaning they can't download or re-download games they already own. For some people this will actually brick their 3DS and require the purchase of a new console to escape the ban. Ouch.

Image from 4chan user's 3DS.
Image from 4chan user's 3DS.

So far the bans seem to have only affected those who played a pirated copy of the games online. But still, players have taken this in a variety of ways, though I'm sure you can already foresee what the general consensus is.

Spoiler alert: IT'S F***ING BULL***

Well, you didn't buy this one... so?

Those madmens indeed, Anonymous.

It doesn't seem like a very wise idea in the first place to take a pirated game online. Nintendo is gonna have a way of finding out, I'm afraid.

In response to all of the hullabaloo, Nintendo took to the forums to make an official statement over the situation:

As a result of a number of Nintendo 3DS users using unauthorized versions of several games, and connecting to the official game servers in violation of our terms of service, these users’ Nintendo 3DS systems that stored the unauthorized game code have been banned from Nintendo’s online network effective immediately.

Short, sweet, direct, crippling.

It's their game and they have every right to carry out this swift justice. Though this is in no way going to slow the market for pirating games, perhaps it'll serve as a warning to those who try and take those pirated games online: It ain't a good idea.

Nintendon't play pirated games online.
Nintendon't play pirated games online.

Feeling as if they'd been wronged by Nintendo because they wanted to play unauthorized copies of their games online, users started to concoct ways in which they could get one back at Nintendo. One of the more alarming suggestions proposes purchasing a brand new 3DS, extracting its information and injecting it into the banned 3DS. Then they'd simply return the new one to the store till some poor bastard comes along to buy it. I'm not sure if someone would actually do this, but to those who would...

What do you think? Did Nintendo go too far by blocking all access to online features? Should they have simply restricted it to Pokémon Sun and Moon? Or were they totally in the right and making it clear that this is not how they do business? Let us know!

Have you been hit with a ban before?

Be sure to check out the final evolutions for the starter mons in Pokémon Sun and Moon!


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