The Legend of Zelda: Breah of the Wild, modified saves are worth arrest

The Legend of Zelda: Breah of the Wild, modified saves are worth arrest

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The modified The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild saves for sale on eBay could cost you arrest. At least that's what happened to Ichimin Sho, who posted an advertisement on a Japanese ecommerce that aimed to sell the latest save data for the exclusive Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately for the twenty-seven year old Chinese-Japanese, it all cost very, very dearly.

Let's go in order: the accusation obviously does not concern The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. No type of police force could ever arrest someone just for modifying a save file. In Japan, however, this type of operation, when linked to the sale, breaks a series of state laws. In addition to the sale, in fact, modifying the bailouts is part of the crime of “providing paid services to violate the console restriction protocols”. A bit like the modification of a platform: in itself the modification is a crime but it becomes such when someone becomes aware of it.

If Sho had only modified his bailouts (and those of the friends) most likely the story would not have emerged. However, the huge movement of money, combined with advertising, caused the police to arrest the boy. But how much did he earn from this black market? According to his statements, Sho began selling the modified rescues of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in December 2019 and in about two years of activity he would have earned more or at least 10 million Yen, or just over 70,000 dollars.

There is also a precedent for this story. In addition to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in February 2021 a man in Nagoya was arrested for creating rescues of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The practice seems to be very common in Japan but there are also western tools that allow a boost of the saves, very used in multiplayer games like Monster Hunter.

If you are a fan of the Zelda saga, the official compendium must be yours: you can find it on Amazon.

Unopened Legend of Zelda game from 1987 sells for $870,000

DALLAS — An unopened copy of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda that was made in 1987 has sold at auction for $870,000.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game sold Friday.

The auction house said it was a rare version that was created during a limited production run that took place during a few months in late 1987. The Legend of Zelda is a popular fantasy adventure game that was first released in 1986.

'The Legend of Zelda marks the beginning of one of the most important sagas in gaming; its historical significance can't be understated ... it is a true collector's piece,' Valarie McLeckie, Heritage's video game specialist, said in a statement.

In April, the auction house sold an unopened copy of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. that was bought in 1986 and forgotten about in a desk drawer for $660,000.