Nintendo Received Order To Block Access To Switch ROM Sites In UK

Nintendo continues to fight Nintendo Switch piracy, this time by targeting certain ROM sites that have links to downloads of Switch games. This time, Nintendo has secured an injunction here in the UK, forcing ISPs to actively block access to certain ROM sites. 

Previously, the UK High Court issued copyright injunctions against pirate sites such as The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites that are automatically blocked by major UK ISPs such as Sky, Virgin Media, BT, Talk Talk and others. The latest injunction was issued on behalf of Nintendo and will result in the blocking of websites under the NSW2U and NSWROM brands in the UK for at least two years.

According to TorrentFreak , Nintendo requested a website blocking order in early December, urging BT, EE, Plusnet, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media to block customer access to five domains with the NSW2U and NSWROM logos. According to Nintendo, these domains offered a large number of pirated ROMs for the Switch, including some of its major releases such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and more.

These ROM sites will generate revenue through various third-party advertising services, some of which include advertisements for “adult content” that Nintendo does not want to associate with. Nintendo’s lawyers have also made efforts to have the social media pages for these ROM sites removed, but all sites are still up and running, leading to a request to block access by ISPs in the UK.