Pirating has always been a problem when it comes to video games and sometimes games will acknowledge the fact if they are being played via pirated means. They don’t usually get personal about it but apparently Mario Party for the Nintendo DS doesn’t care about offending you if you are playing illegally. Which is fair enough honestly
YouTuber Joey Perleoni recently updated the anti-piracy routine from the 2007 DS game, which occurs if the player attempts to buy something from Monty the Mole in the Item Shop. After Monty welcomes you, he delivers a rather pertinent message, “Oh, I’m terribly sorry. I don’t serve criminals.” Ouch. We then get a boss screen of Monty chasing the player through an underground burrow. The rules simply state “There is nothing you can do”. Vaguely threatening to say the least. Once you press A, we see Monty approach the player before an error message is seen alongside some cacophonous static. Another message appears after that too, stating “Software piracy detected. You are in possession of an illicit copy of this title. Please turn off the power immediately.” Yikes. Now that is a warning if I ever saw one. But wait, there’s more. The game then switches to a screen of the Mario Party characters behind bars with the message “Piracy is No Party! It is a serious crime to pirate video games. Please power off the system and report this stolen software immediately.” Well if you didn’t get the message before, you’ve certainly got it now.
I actually think this is a great idea and it would be cool if other games could implement this sort of thing into pirated versions of their games. Can you imagine if you received a game as a present only to be labelled a criminal by a talking cartoon mole? That’s got to hurt. Have a look at the video for yourself below.
UPDATE: This video is not actually real but it’s still pretty awesome. This should definitely become a thing for real pirated games.