Nintendo gets hit by major leak

Paper Mario the First

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Well some legal activity, one person got arrested and apparently that person possessed child pornography, but this was back in January. Not sure if this is related to the leaks we got here.


But this is huge. I'm hoping we get some really interesting tidbits on pre-release content on several Nintendo games, and hopefully reverse-engineering and stuff for the sake of game preservation take notes from the leak. Guess development of emulators will be further down the gray zone.
 

Beedle

WOW!
Pretty interesting. We'll have to wait and see if any game prototypes come out of this. Even without that, the fact that someone with this information could conceivably recreate the Wii is pretty mind-blowing, though I can already tell that a lot of this info is going to be hard to track down due to it being taken down from various sites.
 

Glowsquid

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what are the implications of this?
Well for starter, SDK and components documentation would be majorly helpful for emulators, particularly N64 as many of its functions are not well-documented.
 

Flora Bismarck

God's building a church.
Leaks seem to be a new norm, both with the government stuff and video game companies. There is a ton of potential floodgates to ruin video game companies if it is bad enough.
 

Knyght

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-Fan Theroy-
What if this was secretly staged by Nintendo for a way to make people more interested in new/upcoming releases?
 

Paper Mario the First

He is the one and only....
Well for starter, SDK and components documentation would be majorly helpful for emulators, particularly N64 as many of its functions are not well-documented.
Most definitely. What's included in developer kits tend to be conversion tools that most modders don't have access to (they're usually reverse-engineered instead and usually come with their own problems and limitations). The Wii SDK and Switch SDK were leaked years ago, and I've used some of their stuff to produce mods. But the implications aren't just mods, it's accurate emulation as well. I'm not a programmer, but it's really a boon if you know documentation of how code and other things are put together rather than just trying to reverse-engineer or doing ASM hacking (both otherwise extremely time-consuming processes).

Leaks seem to be a new norm, both with the government stuff and video game companies. There is a ton of potential floodgates to ruin video game companies if it is bad enough.
While this is a major leak, I don't think it's the biggest one and I can't say if there's a trend of leaking stuff more and more these days. Leaks are a lot easier to do than ever. I doubt this'll impact the companies significantly though, but I hope they'll keep better security. I personally like when modders and emulation-makers can benefit but I also am aware of bootleggers that can also take advantage of it, so it's a double-edged sword. But do I feel bad about Nintendo either way? No.

-Fan Theroy-
What if this was secretly staged by Nintendo for a way to make people more interested in new/upcoming releases?
That'll be waaaayy too risky for the sake of a stunt and it goes against what they usually do when it comes to modding and emulation.
 
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