Holy Frijoles Amigos! Nintendo strikes again on the Contraband Warpath Print E-mail
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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Monday, 20 August 2007


Hot on the heels of several other major busts of games counterfeiters Nintendo reports their Amigos Mexicanos have re-fried from counterfeiting group in Guadalajara and yielded 15,000 beans. They are going to need a very large tortilla to carry all that in.

Mexican authorities conducted raids recently against 12 alleged distributors of counterfeit Nintendo products in a major "fayuca" (contraband) market in Guadalajara. Authorities seized 15,000 counterfeit Nintendo products, including 4,500 counterfeit Wii game discs.

The Guadalajara raids follow other Nintendo actions in Mexico during the past few months. Last month, Nintendo worked with customs agents to stop a shipment of more than 5,500 counterfeit Nintendo products entering Manzanillo, exported from China. Prior to that, Nintendo assisted local authorities in a raid of the San Juan de Dios market in Guadalajara, where 23 stores were shut down and more than 56,000 counterfeit Nintendo products were confiscated, including 11,000 counterfeit Wii discs.

"Mexico is Nintendo's largest market in Latin America, where the problem of video game piracy is widespread," said Jodi Daugherty, Nintendo of America's senior director of anti-piracy. "Since January, Nintendo has worked with law enforcement agencies worldwide to seize 100,000 counterfeit Wii games."

Earlier this month, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents executed 32 federal search warrants in 16 states as part of an investigation into the alleged sale and distribution of illegal Wii modification chips designed to circumvent the security embedded in the hardware and allow users to play counterfeit Wii software.

Nintendo and its developers and publishers lost an estimated $762 million in sales in 2006 due to piracy of its products.

Ay Carumba! The new-found popularity of their products seems to be making them a little jittery. Either they really want to recoup that market value and surpass Sony on the Nikkei for good or they are simply trying to send a message. Whatever the cause and the reason now may simply be the worst time ever to attempt to counterfeit their products.

Not like there was or ever will be a good time to do such a thing.

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