When it comes to stuff like copyright law, China isn’t exactly the best example of enforcement or acknowledgment. That’s why this story out of Shenzen isn’t really all that surprising.

A Chinese retailer has been found promoting Nintendo Switch modding services for a fee. The store also has an apparent certificate showing that it’s authorized to sell official Nintendo products. It has not yet been completely confirmed if this certificate is legitimate or not, but in any case, it’s rather comical for an “authorized seller” to be offering services that would make any parent company rather upset. To add insult to injury, this same store also offers a similar service for PlayStation 4 systems.

Nintendo, like other gaming hardware companies, do not have a very strong foothold in China due to policies that were put in place years ago. The country has been laxer in recent times, but it’ll still take some time for official names in the market to establish a real presence there. As a result, you see instances like this where Nintendo is relying on local shops to carry their products. It’s likely Nintendo won’t be able to say or do much in this situation, though. Even so, the company does have other means. It’s been banning systems that belong to hackers, so repercussions can still end up coming to those that decide to go through with this process.

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A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.

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