Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu ROM bricks consoles

Before Pokemon: Let’s GO Pikachu and Eevee’s official release last week, a fake ROM of Let’s Go Pikachu began circulating online. For those hoping to get their hands on the game early, they were in for quite a nasty surprise. Turns out those “pirates” and anyone utilizing it in the homebrew community ended up “bricking” their consoles instead.  Bricking is when a piece of hardware becomes completely unusable.

One user uploaded what appeared to be a legitimate ROM of  Pokemon Let’s GO Pikachu to the website GBAtemp. That ROM turned out to be a fake and contained a virus that bricks the Nintendo Switch for good once the ROM is tried to run for the first time. When it was discovered, other users began threatening the original upload with plans to “dox” the user (Doxxing is when somebody uploads  a person’s real-world address and other personal details online in order to harass them.)

The user who actually was involved in the situation came forward and. He said the following:

So, who is really at fault here? The creators of the virus, or those who wanted to illegally play Pokemon: Let’s GO Pikachu early? Regardless, now that the games are out, there’s no excuse or reason to download the ROM.

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Tarah Bleier