Mexican Raids Net 15,000 Counterfeit Nintendo Products

August 17, 2007

As Nintendo’s largest Latin American market, but also an area where piracy runs rampant, Mexico proves to be a constant source of difficultly for Nintendo. Since January, Nintendo has worked with law enforcement agencies all over the world to seize more than 100,000 counterfeit Wii games.

Today, Mexican authorities conducted raids that seized more than 15,000 counterfeit Nintendo products which included 4,500 Wii games. The raids were conducted against 12 alleged distributors of counterfeit Nintendo products in a major contraband market in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Nintendo estimates that its developers and publishers lost clost to $762 million in sales in 2006 due to piracy. I expect those numbers will be higher as the demand for the Wii continues to outstrip demand worldwide.

To report cases of piracy to Nintendo, please call 1-800-255-3700 or e-mail piracyscene@noa.nintendo.com.