Nintendo steamrolling pirated software (Netherlands, 1994)

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by SmiteOfHand, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. SmiteOfHand

    SmiteOfHand Member Original Poster

    Newspaper clippings surfaced recently of Nintendo destroying what looks to be largely pirated Game Boy games. They are pretty incredible and need to be shared. Mario curbstomping bootlegs is a personal highlight.

    Images were found by the archive spelunkers over at @gamegeschied

    Translation from first image:
    (Source: Nederlands Dagblad, September 16th 1994)

    (Source: Leidsch Dagblad, September 16th 1994)

    (Source: Trouw, September 16th 1994)

    Now in color!
    (Source: Telegraaf, September 16th 1994)

    (Source: Club Nintendo Exta, year 2 issue 7, Nintendo Netherlands BV, 1994)
  2. Conor419

    Conor419 Member

    Nintendo need a steamroller game
  3. ibrahima

    ibrahima Member

    Jeez, I wonder if any of that stuff was grey import rather than counterfeit.

    I'm reminded of the episode of The Wire where the Police Commissioner is fixated on getting "dope on the table" purely to get a seemingly positive story in the press.

    Would a publisher would go to this kind of length nowadays?
  4. RabbidPeach

    RabbidPeach Banned Member

    Looks more like 1894.
  5. Thatguy

    Thatguy Member

    Bring back Blast Corps :(
  6. Atheerios

    Atheerios Member

    lol Mario
  7. JeTmAn

    JeTmAn Member

    Was gonna say, why do these look ancient
  8. Chessguy1

    Chessguy1 Member

    why did they need a guy in a mario costume watching?
  9. meppi64

    meppi64 Member

    I remember seeing that on tv.

    Could even have been on Power Play with Martijn Krabbé, not sure.

    There are a bunch of episodes on youtube but not all of them.
    I wish someone would rip them from old VHS tapes...
    I had a ton of them on VHS back in the day but they were thrown out when we moved. :(

    Nah, they never mentioned anything about import games when that made the news.
    It was purely pirated software.
  10. BasilZero

    BasilZero Member

    I am not gonna ask about the Mario costume guy but if the pics were taken in 1994, no color why?

    Reference to the original gameboy? Lol
  11. PtM

    PtM Member

    Newspapers still were bw.
  12. #12
  13. Aaronrules380

    Aaronrules380 Member

    To let us know Mario is always watching
  14. Joseki

    Joseki Member

    Dystopic as fuck
  15. tsab

    tsab Member

    Grey imports are not counterfeit though, Nintendo published/licensed it. It's not illegal to own or sell them.
  16. kappa_krey

    kappa_krey Member

    Some creepy-ass photos...

    ...Yeah I'm not a fan of Nintendo's overly zealous efforts in stopping piracy. Not necessarily referring to this case, but more in general. Or what they perceive to be violations of IP rights, like shutting down that fanmade Metroid game or having people remove tourney ARMS footage. Way to kill free advertising for your games, there :/
  17. SmiteOfHand

    SmiteOfHand Member Original Poster

    These came from newspaper archives that recently became available. Sourcing the original photos, if those were even in color themselves, would be an immense amount of work.

    Color print found. We've entered the 20th century.

    (Source: Telegraaf, September 16th 1994)
  18. MrCafecito

    MrCafecito Member

    1894 called, they want their photos back
  19. blonded

    blonded Member

    Where does this Mario fit in lore-wise?
  20. #20
    This was in 1994 though, where Nintendo were really going after grey importers (until they got slapped with that massive fine in the EU for price-fixing).
  21. Not2Xavi

    Not2Xavi Member

    Nintendo is scary
  22. tsab

    tsab Member

    Believe me, I know. But they only could deny you free warranty service (as a consumer) if it was an import/grey market here. Also, in reality why Nintendo destroy their OWN products? It's not a pirated copy, it's a legit copy sold by Nintendo to a retailer and then bought by the "grey market" (usually from a different country in EU)
  23. #23
    Lmao at Mario looking at the destruction, he's probably salivating too that psycho.
  24. Herb Alpert

    Herb Alpert Member

    Once again That's some good meme material.
  25. #25
    lmao at Mario stomping on the pile...
  26. Amalthea

    Amalthea Member

    I can only make out Robocop 2 games. So even if they were actually legit it's not a big loss.
  27. Axisofweevils

    Axisofweevils Member

    Not a game, but Terry Pratchett ordered his unpublished works to be steamrollered when he died and it happened last year.
  28. Proteus

    Proteus Member

    Was time travel involved?
  29. Irminsul

    Irminsul Member

    What's with that literal steamroller? Surely there were a bit more, err, modern versions available in 1994?
  30. spekkeh

    spekkeh Member

    Ha I vividly remember reading the newspaper article around this event, with the exact first picture (Yes it was in color... though I can't speak for the Christian religious newspaper Nederlands Dagblad where the first image is sourced from, they like to pretend we're living in the 50s anyway). Funny how that imprints itself on your mind.

    Power play met Martijn Krabbe <3.
  31. tsab

    tsab Member

    They steam me rollin', they hatin'
  32. ibrahima

    ibrahima Member

    That's what I was getting at... right?
  33. Nemesis162

    Nemesis162 Member

    I'm dying with that Mario in there lmao Too funny
  34. #34
    Looks so old

    Hopefully these photos leads to some funny 'shops.
  35. LordOcidax

    LordOcidax Member

    Thats look really old. lolol
  36. -shadow-

    -shadow- Member

    Damn... Nintendo didn't fuck around here...

    Edit: Well someone was going to do it, might as well be me:

  37. tsab

    tsab Member

    Yeah, doesn't make sense to destroy their own products though
  38. 7threst

    7threst Member

    I remember that too, not sure if it was Power Play though.

    For anyone who is curious: classic Dutch television!
  39. #39
    LOL For some reason did not expect the literal steamrolling.

    Thats amazinf.
  40. makonero

    makonero Member

  41. Sargerus

    Sargerus Member

  42. jts

    jts Member

    What they don't let you see is that they steamrolled the pirates themselves afterwards.

    Let it be a cautionary tale, folks.
  43. Sadist

    Sadist Member

    This is amazing
  44. bitSS

    bitSS Member

    Weren't the boxes being reused for Nintendo Labo, though? Ahaha
  45. Tom Nook

    Tom Nook Member

    LOL. That Mario is amazing.

    "Die Fakes!"
  46. Maxina

    Maxina Member

    In this day and age we’d see him mercilessly steam rolling the pirates PCs.
  47. Thuddert

    Thuddert Member

    Part of their campaign. To show that this company from 1890's wasn't fucking around.
  48. SmiteOfHand

    SmiteOfHand Member Original Poster


    (Source: Club Nintendo Exta, year 2 issue 7, Nintendo Netherlands BV, 1994)

    Bonus Mario (double check the other color image, he is there)
  49. Squiddo

    Squiddo Member

    Lol i love my country.
  50. Anono

    Anono Member