It's not a nightmare for Nintendo. Those who might pirate, assuming we even get to running back ups soon, will pirate anyways. They're not consumers for Nintendo. I don't think this will become mainstream because of course you still have to do some shoddy tomfoolery with the pins, it's not like a bannerbomb for Wii (not yet anyway) and a lot of future games from Nintendo will most likely require internet to get the most out of them. You're not pirating Splatoon 2 and playing online anytime soon, same goes for Smash, etc.
I think this will be best for homebrew apps like emulators, and backing up saves. The same things that have been happening since the GBA. Switch will continue to be a success and software sales will perform well as usual. I'm sure I don't speak for the majority of Switch's marketshare/userbase but I don't see even 1 million switch owners using this particular method in the future. Once it becomes, put your SD card in with a file and go to the web browser or something similar to that, this won't be a huge issue. But I guess it's inevitable for 16-18 Million devices. Nintendo best just get the revisions out ASAP.
Stop with that tired defense. "They weren't going to buy it anyway" is a load of bullocks from every angle. If Nintendo's assault on R4 and M3 cards is any indication, it's clear it does has a noticeable impact on sales. Why else would Nintendo spend millions fighting it?
But...it doesn't though. Not in the way that we'd like to think. And Nintendo didn't have to spend money on lawyers to fight it, they sent CND notices to outlets and if they didn't comply, they'd be sued. Most if not all complied. There are people who will not buy a console unless they can hack it, and people who have no intention of purchasing software and wait for it to be hacked. They were never software consumers for Nintendo. Hackers are gonna hack, pirates are going to pirate. There's nothing you can really do about it, especially in this case where it's a hardware level exploit. No sense in worrying about it. Nintendo has revisions upcoming and hopefully that will soothe their minds but people who have made up their minds, there's nothing you can do.
Nintendo stopped R4 card sales but you can still buy them, you can still download roms of games online, as long as there's software and hardware, it's going to be hacked. If anything this gets more Switches out in the wild from the influx of people wanting to hack it. It's kind of wrong in a sense, buying a console just to pirate software but if the console couldn't be hacked at all that's not even a hardware sale for Nintendo. There's no way to predict everyone's intentions when they hack a console but generally, for hardware sales it works out. Take PSP for example.
And no, there will NOT be an R4 esque lawsuit because this is a hardware level thing. There is nothing being sold to be able to hack the device. You can do this yourself or with a 3D printed piece that's online already. Nintendo sued R4 outlets because they were selling hardware that could be used to infringe upon their IP, that's not the case this time around. Don't get you knickers in a bunch about this one, just let it play out like it always has. Saves you a bunch of grief. If anything Nintendo should be waving their fists angrily at Nvidia for not acknowledging the exploit.
Last edited by Ljink96 - on 24 April 2018