Game News Nintendo: What has changed since the huge information leaks
Surely you remember Nintendo’s “Gigaleak” from a few years ago. The firm has just explained what it had changed since …
the Nintendo’s “Gigaleak” is a series of information and data leaks from Nintendo, on 4chan, which lasted from 2018 to 2020. Nintendo didn’t have not officially announced yet about it, until this week.
Nintendo has greatly strengthened its security since the Gigaleak
When Nintendo’s annual shareholder meeting, a question was indeed asked about the Gigaleak. Indeed, at the time of the leaks, many observers and experts shared the idea that the leak was from iQue, a Chinese company co-owned by Nintendowhich has long served the firm to release versions of its portable consoles on the Chinese market.
Since 2018, Nintendo has stopped distributing portable consoles under the iQue brand. Indeed, it is with Tencent that Nintendo collaborated to release the Switch in China, starting in 2019. iQue still exists, however, to provide support to players about games already released by the brand, and to localize Nintendo games in simplified Chinese. Since 2019, the company is now mostly a development studio support for Nintendo.
But when the Gigaleak leaks took place, given that several of the leaked information related to iQue, many thought that the leak came from there. Beyond iQue, many journalists specializing in the field indicated at the time that, by the nature of the documents disclosed, it was the leak is likely to come from Chinawhere Nintendo has a lot of contractors. Shuntaro Furukawa therefore had to respond to a question during this meeting, asking him if this is where the source of the leaks could be found. He seems to answer only half-words:
The game market in China is large, but specialized video game consoles are not necessarily popular. Through our partnership with Tencent, we want to continue to democratize them. We work with experts when it comes to information leaks. We have also introduced our information security management.
If Furukawa seems to indicate that their partnership with Tencent is now the assurance of protecting its data, the statement is not very detailed regarding the original source of the leaks. Nintendo released an official press release, from. Indeed, many media and in particular the VGC site relayed the remarks made during the meeting. Nintendo therefore wished clarify this information :
We take various initiatives to address information security threats and vulnerabilities. For the services we provide, initiatives include cooperating with external specialists and performing diagnostics to verify security issues.
In addition, as part of our internal information security system, we introduced the Information Security Management System in 2017 and set up our Information Security Committee. Information management policies have been established, and we have adopted physical and technical countermeasures. In addition, we strive to educate our employees about information security through training and other means.
It therefore seems clear that these information leaks have raised awareness various vulnerabilities at Nintendo. Thanks to their tools and employees, in addition to external experts, Nintendo says it can now ensure the security of its data. In Furukawa’s first statement, it also seems obvious that Tencent participates in this protectionat least in the Chinese market.
Leaks that uncovered Nintendo manufacturing secrets
The Gigaleaks had done leak various data on Nintendo retro consoles and games. There were data on the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Nintendo DS and Wii projects. Fans had therefore had a glimpse of the inner workings of Nintendo when it comes to the console design and development. Also, emulation had experienced a boom for these consoles, thanks to the information collected. Also, we remember a fan group who had used the documents to restore the Super Mario World soundtrackof a modder who had fixed a prototype of Super Mario Kart on Super Nintendo, which contained a circuit editor… Among other things, we had learned that Luigi should have been in Super Mario 64 and we discovered the demo of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Space World. Many were these unfinished projects, these more or less playable prototypes, etc., which had been discovered or rediscovered thanks (or because of, depending on the point of view) to the leaks.
A bunch of Nintendo prototypes are apparently currently being compiled from leaked source code right now as of this post
First up there’s this Yoshi’s Island proto with different UI graphics, placeholder music from Mario World, and has a prefix of ‘Super Mario Bros. 5’ pic.twitter.com/Qqock5RZaS
— Akfamilyhome (@Akfamilyhome) July 24, 2020
Source : VGC
Nintendo therefore declares that its security has never been as secure as since these leaks, and the measures taken in consequence.