Nintendo uses copyright strikes to remove YouTube videos describing how to hack the newly released Play & 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 open from the press time: one describes how to load a Doom port to the device, and one discusses how to dump the firmware. None of these existing videos contain footage of Nintendo’s own games displayed on Game & Watch; such recording is actually blurred in one of the videos.
Nintendo does not seem to automatically target everyone Play & Watch: Super Mario Bros. gameplay footage on YouTube; You can still find lots of videos reviewing the device while you e.g. contains copyrighted footage. However, Nintendo’s copyright in the games themselves gives the company an incredibly wide discretion as to what “performances” these games should allow or block through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Unlike NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles, which were relatively easy to hack via a direct USB cable connection, Play & Watch: Super Mario Bros. The device has a locked CPU, AES-encrypted flash memory and no data connection via the USB-C charger. Thus, hacking Game & Watch currently requires opening the system and using custom hardware to dump custom firmware and homebrew 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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