He doesn’t even work for Nintendo anymore, but Reggie Fils-Aimé has warned a Zelda leaker that he has a ‘particular set of skills.’
Although Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom is destined to be a massive hit when it launches next week Nintendo are certain to be livid right now, as physical copies of the game have leaked out early and the internet is already flooded with spoilers and pirated copies.
Nintendo is infamous for not letting things lie though, from forcing a hacker to pay back $14 million for the rest of his life to making GameStop sack an employee that was behind a leak.
They’re going to be even less kind to anyone they catch with a copy of the game before it’s supposed to be out and even former Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aimé has joined in the witch hunt, by quoting Liam Neeson in Taken.
The Twitter exchange started off with someone calling themselves imahumanandimagamer showing off that they had a copy of Tears Of The Kingdom early, although all they actually said was ‘lol.’
Reggie didn’t find it very funny and replied with the famous Liam Neeson quote: ‘I don’t know what you want. What I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.’
The implication was that he was going to grass the leaker up to Nintendo and lo and behold a few hours later not only was the original tweet deleted but the whole account was nuked.
Whether that was because of Nintendo themselves or the leaker getting out while the getting was good isn’t clear, but it doesn’t look like they’re going to be bragging about having a copy early anymore.
Although to preserve the moment Reggie himself took a screenshot of the original tweet, to prove how he had ruined the leaker’s day.
This is the first example of any direct blowback from the leaks but it’s very likely that Nintendo will be able to track down at least some of the other people involved.
They’ll be particularly keen to get a hold of those responsible for ripping the game and distributing pirate copies and if they do find out who they are they’ll be looking at a major fine or even jail time.
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