Nintendo game leak forced company to tighten security

Remember the… Gigaleak?

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Does everyone remember the leaked Nintendo game of 2020? He was nicknamed the “Gigaleak”, and he saw a huge amount of important data stolen and leaked all over the internet. This forced Nintendo to increase its security following the unprecedented leak of classic game data and a few of its prototypes like Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario Kartand N64 games such as Ocarina of time were among many to leak details.

The Nintendo game leak also reportedly contained internal documentation relating to the GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Wii, and Chinese iQue. These details revealed how all these systems worked and the development process behind them, which could be easily used for replicas and the like.

Nintendo has been pretty quiet on this touchy subject, with the company offering no official comment on the Gigaleak. However, in the past two days, the incident was mentioned in a question posed at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Japan.

During the meeting, Nintendo was asked about the iQue brand and the Chinese market in general. Some people think the iQue may have been the source of the leaks, but there’s no evidence to back up that theory.

In response to questions, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said:

“The market for PC and mobile games in China is large, but dedicated game consoles are not so important. Together with Tencent, we want to continue to popularize them. We are working with experts on information leaks. We also introduces information security management.

This Gigaleak obviously caused a huge problem for the Japanese giants, it had major effects on both the preservation and emulation of some of its titles. It gave fans a rare insight into how some of their favorite games were made by this notorious industry giant.

That means this incident was the only time fans could learn the ins and outs of Nintendo’s titles, with them now increasing security, it makes you wonder how and why things are produced.

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