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Nintendo Switch wins UK ruling over RomUniverse; Five ISPs mandated to block access to the piracy site
Similar to other creative forms, the Nintendo Switch is plagued by the perpetual presence of online piracy that is causing a lot of damage to its titles and the company. As such, Nintendo has been cracking down on piracy sites that offer their games at an absurdly low price.
One such website is called RomUniverse that offers people unlimited download of Nintendo Switch titles for merely a $30 per year membership. Nintendo said that the site had been one of the most visited places on the web for pirating games as it offers more than 300,000 titles for the portable console.
The company took the case to the UK court and successfully managed to have five major internet service providers block the site to hamper its operation, Eurogamer reported. While RomUniverse will undoubtedly continue to peddle its services, at least the ruling will partially provide some semblance of protection for Nintendo Switch titles.
"Today, the UK High Court found the sale and distribution of 'circumvention' devices for the Nintendo Switch unlawful. Nintendo is pleased that the UK High Court has confirmed that dealing in devices or software that enable piracy on Nintendo Switch systems is unlawful,” a Nintendo spokesperson said.
Nintendo Switch to add Overwatch and Xenoblade Chronicles into its lineup
Meanwhile, the company released 20 classic games last week including “Star Fox,” “Super Metroid,” and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island.” Additionally, it also announced upcoming titles that will be available for the Nintendo Switch.
Among them is “Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.” The game was originally developed for the Wii nine years ago and performed well in the market, selling 1.42 million copies as of Jun 2018. The game will arrive on the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020.
Nintendo Switch will not be getting any more Xbox exclusive titles
Another title that’s slated to join the wide offering of the console is “Overwatch,” Blizzard’s popular shooting game. Hints about the shooter made its round on the web months prior, but it was only last week that the company confirmed that it would be available for the Nintendo Switch. It will also arrive in 2020.
As for the partnership of Nintendo and Xbox, the collaboration will be coming to an end as the latter announced there would be no more Xbox exclusive titles coming to the Nintendo Switch in the future. Be that as it may, the portable console still has numerous gems on its lineup that would more than satisfy its own player base.