Nintendo helps crack down on modders, remember kids when you mod a Wii you make Mario cry

by: Chuck -
Nintendo sent out an e-mail letting us know that they aren't big fans of modders and they helped the US government in recent raids in the US.  I would gather that Microsoft and Sony also participated in these raids but didn't feel self-righteous enough to send out a press release.  Check out the release after the jump.
Nintendo Supports U.S. Raids on Copyright Circumvention Devices
 
Today U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents executed 32 federal
search warrants in 16 states as part of an investigation into the alleged sale
and distribution of illegal modification chips for various video game
consoles, including Nintendo’s Wii™ home video game system. The mod chips
designed for the Wii console circumvent the security embedded in the hardware
and allow users to play counterfeit Wii software.
 
This Immigrations and Customs Enforcement investigation represents the largest
national enforcement action of its kind targeting video game piracy. Nintendo
has worked closely with this branch of the Department of Homeland Security,
and fully supports its actions and other investigations currently underway.
 
“Nintendo and its developers and publishers lost an estimated $762 million in
sales in 2006 due to piracy of its products,” said Jodi Daugherty, Nintendo
of America’s senior director of anti-piracy. “Nintendo’s anti-piracy team
works closely with law enforcement officials worldwide to seize mod chips and
counterfeit software. Since April, Nintendo has seized more than 91,000
counterfeit Wii discs globally.”
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