Nintendo is using copyright strikes to take down YouTube videos describing how to hack the recently released video Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld color.
A hacker who went by the handle stacksmashing managed to hack the portable device a day before the official release on November 1
Two other stacksmashing videos on Game & Watch hacking remain up in the press: one describing how to load one Doom the port of the device, and one that discusses how to dump the firmware. None of these existing videos contain footage of Nintendo’s own games shown on Game & Watch; such footage is actually blurry in one of the videos.
Nintendo does not seem to be targeting everyone Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. game recordings on YouTube; You can still find many videos that evaluate the device while you have, for example, copyrighted recordings. But Nintendo’s copyright in the games themselves gives the company an incredibly broad discretion as to which “performances” of these games should be allowed or blocked through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Unlike the NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles, which were relatively easy to hack via a direct USB cable connection, Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. The device has a locked CPU, AES-encrypted flash memory and no data connection through the USB-C charger. Game & Watch hacking currently requires opening the system and using custom hardware to dump custom firmware and home brewing software back and forth.
Stacksmashing tells Gizmodo that they are editing the videos in question and will file disputes in an attempt to get them back into service. Nintendo has not responded to a request for comment from Ars Technica.
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