Counterfeit Hardware

Unscrupulous traders continue to offer counterfeit copies of Nintendo hardware. For example, Nintendo has identified counterfeit versions of:

  • Nintendo DS Lite handheld systems
  • Wii Remote controllers
  • Nunchuk controllers
  • Nintendo DS console shells/cases

Hints for consumers to spot counterfeit hardware:

  • The origin of the product may be China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or South East Asia. These are territories where a substantial number of counterfeits have previously been identified.
  • The pricing is often well below the average wholesale or retail prices. If “it seems too good to be true” – it probably is
  • It may be missing packaging or manuals
  • The printing on the packaging is blurred, faded, discoloured or of poor quality
  • Claims to be a refurbished product when it is not

A further list of tips can be found under the How to Detect section.

If you suspect that you are being offered counterfeit hardware then please contact: piracyscene@noa.nintendo.com.