Even though the fight against piracy is a never ending battle, at least Nintendo has landed a victory for their side. In a recent press release, Nintendo stated that they have won a legal settlement in the sum of $1.5 million against an Australian man who leaked a copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii to the internet a week before its release in AU.
24-year-old James Burt purchased the game from a local game store that had broken the street date and then uploaded it to the Internet on Nov. 6th, making Mario and friends available for download worldwide. The game was not set to release until Nov. 11 in AU, which uncharacteristically was the first territory to receive the title. Nintendo caught up with the plunderer from down under via “sophisticated technological forensics” and on Nov. 23 obtained a court order to search Burt’s residence and find the necessary evidence.
The $1.5 million dollar figure is to “compensate Nintendo for the loss of sales revenue caused by the individual’s actions.” This may seem like a whole lot of compensation, but at $50 a piece it only takes 30,000 downloads to equal this figure. Either way you slice it, that’s a whole lot of coins.