In a response that echoes Liam Neeson’s famous lines from the movie Taken, former Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aimé responded to a screenshot of an early-obtained copy of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Reggie Fils-Aimé’s Response
A Twitter user posted a photo pointing their finger at the title art of Tears of the Kingdom on the Nintendo Switch home menu. The user has since deleted their account. However, in response to the image, Reggie quote tweeted with the text, “I don’t know what you want. What I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”
Illicit Acquisition of Copies
By what means the original poster obtained this copy is unknown, but it does not necessarily mean that they acquired it illegally. Several customers have received physical copies of the game early, which cannot be controlled by the developers.
Reggie’s Tweet Just a Joke
Given that Reggie is no longer affiliated with Nintendo, his tweet is just a joke and should not be taken seriously. However, this does not mean that the company is lenient towards piracy and leaking. In fact, Nintendo has come down hard on pirates and leakers in the recent past.
Nintendo’s Stance on Pirates and Leakers
Nintendo has a strict policy against piracy and leaking of their games. In a recent case, hacker Gary Bowser was sentenced to 40 months in prison for enabling Nintendo Switch piracy. Although he has since been released early, Nintendo will take 25-30% of his future income until his debt to the company is repaid.
With the release date of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom still a few days away, fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the game. However, the incident of the early-obtained copy and Reggie’s response serve as a reminder that piracy and leaks have serious consequences and should not be encouraged in any form.