Nintendo: a ROM site challenges the company and loses 2.1 million dollars

Nintendo: a ROM site challenges the company and loses 2.1 million dollars


How many times have we heard of video games being pirated and promptly removed by major multinationals? In recent years we can say enough. Nintendo is one of those companies that controls some ROMs in a rather overbearing way and is at the forefront of eliminating them permanently. In 2019, the Japanese company sued a certain Matthew Storman accused of uploading and distributing pirated Nintendo games and profiting from them by violating copyright on a large scale by charging paid subscriptions.

As reported by TorrentFreak, Storman has seen himself unrelated to these allegations thus deciding to fight against Nintendo in court with no lawyers to follow. He argued that his site did not violate any laws that he had not personally uploaded any of these ROMs.

Storman's words failed to convince the court, after it emerged that he himself had previously admitted that you have uploaded everything to the site. "The defendant filed a statement denying in any way that he had uploaded Nintendo games to the aforementioned site, which however is directly in contradiction with his testimony in which he himself declared that he had uploaded the files," he noted at the end of the trial. Judge Marshall.

A ROM site owner decided to fight Nintendo in court with no attorney and lost $ 2.1 million.

- VGC (@VGC_News) June 1, 2021

Storman has, in summary, profited by charging for a special premium service. The site thus generated between $ 30 and $ 36,000 in revenue in 2019. Nintendo had claimed at the time 15 million dollars in damages for copyright and trademark infringement, but the court judge just recently established a smaller but still important sum, namely 2.1 million. Let us know what you think of this news with a comment below in the dedicated section. For any other curiosity in the videogame field, we invite you to follow our pages, as usual.

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The cheapest Nintendo Switch bundles, deals and sale prices in June 2021

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Nintendo Switch deals can offer big discounts on both consoles and games, with bundles dropping prices on additional accessories during particularly strong sales as well. However, the Nintendo Switch is starting to shift in and out of stock once more, which means we're seeing fewer Nintendo Switch deals on the shelves right now.

We're keeping a close eye on Nintendo Switch deals and stock over the course of the week, so as soon as we hear of a Joy-Con hitting a shelf we'll be bringing you all the latest prices. We've been scouring the web for all the latest discounts, and you'll find all our top picks of the best Nintendo Switch bundles just below. 

If you're looking to kit yourself out with everything you need straight from the off, you can save some serious cash with these offers, even if Nintendo Switch bundles themselves are running a little low right now. If you want to play online multiplayer and get other benefits like free games you'll want to pick up a Nintendo Switch Online subscription deal as well. 

The latest cheap Nintendo Switch deals

If you're just looking for the best Nintendo Switch price for the console by itself, check out the comparison chart below. It will not only offer up the lowest prices from around the web, but can also be a handy tool when stock is running low as well. 

The MSRP/RRP Nintendo Switch price is $299 in the USA and £279 in the UK. Consoles by themselves may rise above these prices during times of particularly low stock, but over the last few months we've been seeing Nintendo Switch deals returning to the shelves pretty quickly, so we wouldn't recommend paying these inflated prices.

Keep an eye on the upcoming Prime Day deals for more offers.

If you're after a cheaper alternative, the Nintendo Switch Lite can be found for around $199 (£199). This handheld only console doesn't dock, however, and doesn't feature detachable Joy-Con. We're also rounding up all the best Nintendo Switch Lite bundles as well. 

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Nintendo Switch (Red &amp; Blue): $299.99 at Best Buy While Nintendo Switch bundles are still scarce in the US, Best Buy has stock of the Red &amp; Blue console by itself this week. This model has run out of stock at other retailers, though, so if you're looking for a more colorful set of Joy-Con we'd move quickly on this one.

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Nintendo Switch (Gray): $299 at Amazon Amazon has the gray Nintendo Switch in stock this week, but you'll want to move quickly here. While we were seeing an uptick in availability over the last couple of weeks, the Neon Red &amp; Blue model is still unavailable at Amazon.

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Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch: $299 at Amazon You'll also find the Animal Crossing edition up for grabs at Amazon this week, which is particularly impressive considering this console usually runs out of stock well before the other color variants.

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Nintendo Switch | Stealth Travel Case: £279.99 at Argos Argos has the best Nintendo Switch deal available right now, not only having stock at its usual RRP but also offering a free Stealth carry case as well. You're not saving bags of cash here - that travel case is only worth £3.99 by itself, but other retailers are charging over RRP for the Switch right now.

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Nintendo Switch: £279.99 at Currys The Nintendo Switch in back in stock at Currys this week, though the bundles on offer aren't looking too cost effective. With a wide range of games sitting below RRP on the Currys website, paying the £319.99 bundle cost here isn't worthwhile. We'd recommend picking the console up separately and then browsing the latest game offers.

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Nintendo Switch bundles: how to spot a good deal

Just because Nintendo Switch bundles are cheap might not mean they are good deals. Many retailers often include cheaper games with their Nintendo Switch bundles and still charge standard price. Games readily available for $20 - $30 can sneak their way into the premium-priced deals, lowering the overall value of the offering. 

In this case, it's worth picking up a Nintendo Switch deal with a full $60 game and grabbing the cheaper title separately if you're desperate to play it. For this reason, it's always worth double checking the going price of the bundled game you're picking up against the overall cost to make sure you're getting a good deal. Nintendo Switch sales outside of busy shopping periods (Black Friday or the holidays) are more likely to try this tactic. 

Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch Lite was released at just $199.99/£199.99 in 2019. That's $100/£80 less than the original Switch console. If you want to play games on the TV as well, you should go for the standard Nintendo Switch instead as the Lite is only playable in handheld mode.

The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in multiple colour options. You can pick one up now in turquoise, gray, yellow or coral pink, as well as a special Pokemon Zacian &amp; Zamazenta Edition. 

How to buy the right Nintendo Switch

It's easy to tell the difference between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite. The former offers a more expensive price tag as well as a larger box which features art with a red and blue or gray set of Joy-Con. However, if you're shopping for the main console, there is an older version you should be wary of.

The updated version of the original Nintendo Switch is now the only one you'll find on the shelves of the vast majority of retailers. The improved battery is the only change, with prices staying the same over the original release. Make sure you're picking up this model by checking for the HAC-001(-01) model number (the old version is HAC-001) and checking that the box is all red rather than featuring an image of a hand picking up the console. All of the Nintendo Switch deals featured on this page are offering the latest model as well.

Cheap Nintendo Switch games

Looking for something to play? Some of the latest Nintendo Switch sales might not be offering the game you're looking to get into first. If not, use this price comparison chart below to find the cheapest Switch titles around. 

Extra Joy-Con deals

If you're looking for more multiplayer options, you might want to check out the latest Joy-Con deals. These controllers come in $10 more expensive than the Pro Controller (more on that below) but you do get two separate controllers to expand your options. Nintendo Switch deals rarely include these controllers in their bundles as well, so it's not worth holding out for a mega-bundle.

Or maybe you just fancy some different colors for your own use - the Neon Red / Blue Joy-Con pack offers opposing colors to the ones the console ships with, for example (left red and right blue). Check out the latest prices below, or shop the best cheap Joy-Con sales going right now. 

Nintendo Switch Pro controller deals

You won't actually need a Nintendo Switch Pro controller to play any games, so don't feel pressured in to buying one. The Nintendo Switch Pro controller is a more traditional-style pad and launched alongside the Nintendo Switch. Prices aren't cheap though, starting around $69.99/£64.99. Nintendo Switch bundles have offered the Pro Controller in the past, but these are rare - and often higher value bundles setting you back a bit more cash - so we wouldn't recommend waiting for them. Check out more Nintendo Switch Pro Controller deals in our dedicated guide. 

Do I need to buy extra controllers for multiplayer on Nintendo Switch?

Possibly not! Remember how the Joy-Con controller splits in two? Turn them sideways and you get two basic controllers, each with their own analogue stick and face buttons - the d-pad acts as face functions on the left controller. We've seen 2K's NBA series, Snipper Clips, FIFA 19, and Mario Kart being used this way for local multiplayer in both docked and tablet modes. So you get multiplayer functionality straight out of the box with no additional purchase required.

However, if you want to play four-player games, then you're going to need to invest in an extra pair of Joy-Con controllers or some Pro controllers. We'd buy the Joy-Cons as a pair (see our comparison chart above) as you'll save a bit of cash over buying them separately. Better yet, if your friends own a Switch, ask them to bring their controllers to the party!

Nintendo Switch bundles rarely offer extra controllers at the standard price, as these are particularly pricey gamepads. However, retailers sometimes include a Pro Controller in their Nintendo Switch sales with a slightly higher price tag. 

When to shop for Nintendo Switch sales

Nintendo Switch sales are usually most fruitful around the holiday period. You'll find the year's biggest games tend to release between October and December, which gives bundles a higher value when they include these titles at a discount price. However, any big first party release generally yields Nintendo Switch bundles as well so don't take those Mario Party games for granted - they could save you cash on your Switch.

Nintendo Switch Micro SD memory card deals

With only 32GB of internal storage, you'll be wanting to pick up a cheap memory card or two for your new Nintendo Switch for any digital purchases or the inevitable game-fixing patches. Don't fret though, they're actually surprisingly cheap, with even 64GB ones coming in at under £20/$25.

What memory cards does the Nintendo Switch need? Those will be Micro SD cards also known as, depending on their size, as MicroSDHC (up to 32GB) or MicroSDXC (up to a huge 2TB soon). Nintendo also has their own branded cards, but you'll be paying more just for a label. So for now, we'd take a look at this range of cheap MicroSDXC Nintendo Switch-friendly cards.