Pokemon Sun & Moon has been leaked online and a number of gamers have been downloading the game…..but Nintendo is shutting down on this. They released the below statement after Kotaku reaching out to them for a comment on this event.
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.’
Covered on Kotaku, the 3DS owners who got unauthorized versions of Sun and Moon are getting banned on the Nintendo E-Shop.
Given the amount of information that’s floating around, seemingly the entire internet downloaded Pokémon Sun and Moon before release. Well, it seems that the ban hammer is finally coming down on those pirates.
Earlier this month, links containing files for Pokémon Sun and Moon started circulating the web. Not only did these files allow full access to the games, players could even go online and play with/against others, just like everyone else.
Fast-forward to right now, and reports are coming in from sources like GBA Temp and 4Chan, where people are claiming that they are getting banned on the 3DS. Reportedly, these bans won’t allow players to go online on Pokémon Sun and Moon, or even access the general eshop to purchase or redownload already-owned titles. It’s the sort of thing that, for some people, will necessitate buying another 3DS.
Some players are reportedly calling Nintendo’s support lines for piracy bans, to no avail. Others are debating whether or not Nintendo is going too far with entire 3DS limitations, rather than just Sun and Moon. And while not everyone who pirated the game is getting hit, even the lucky unaffected ones are starting to feel the heat:
The fallout from this is resulting in gamers reporting frustration and some comments over this event.