The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild continues to be one of the most popular games on Nintendo Switch, but the openness of approaches and exploration that characterizes it determines, in some cases, the emergence of not exactly regular methods to deal with it in the best possible way, as shown by the case of a man arrested for having sold modified bailouts for the game.
Ichimin Sho, resident of Tokyo, Japan, was selling saves for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch through an e-commerce site. Referred to as a “hacker,” the individual in question was selling “definitive save data,” as he himself claimed in the advertisements, obtained through irregular software processes.
These saves were probably built through reverse engineering on the game’s software, unlocking otherwise very difficult items and allowing players to immediate improvements in terms of stats, items and more at the request of buyers, for about $ 32 per bailout.
By gaining notoriety, Sho also attracted the attention of Niigata Prefecture Police, who arrested the man for violating the Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Act. Although an arrest for such a matter may seem a bit exaggerated, the problem is precisely related to the procedure used by Sho to obtain the bailouts.
According to the Association of Copyright for Computer Software, these saves were obtained “circumventing technical restrictions” implemented by Nintendo on hardware and software, therefore probably taking advantage of changes to the game or Nintendo Switch. According to the accused, the sale of these bailouts began in December 2019 and has so far yielded around 10 million yen, or nearly 80,000 euros.
In this case, the matter has to do directly with the local police, it seems, but it is certainly not the first legal case that sees Nintendo winning against such systems, as we have recently seen with the lawsuit against a ROM site. or the $ 2 million one against Uberchips.