Pirate Bay Co-founder Can’t Play The Nintendo Entertainment System In Prison

News has emerged that Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij has been denied access to glorious 8-bit video games in prison. Neij requested a NES to keep him occupied while he serves his time, but authorities have denied him this privilege. Apparently the authorities say that they can’t decide whether or not the console has anything illicit hidden inside it and they can’t be bothered to purchase a screwdriver to open up the sealed system to see what is inside.

“The console is sealed in such a way that it can not be opened without the machine being destroyed,” Swedish probation authorities wrote in their final decision. “In light of this, not the institution implementing the necessary control of the game console and it is therefore impossible to ensure that this does not contain prohibited items.”

“That the institution lacks a screwdriver [to open the console] which costs 100 kroner can not be considered reasonable,” Neij wrote

“One has to wonder how many other victims there are when all video-game units of the brand Nintendo have the same screwdriver,”

Nintendo Reacquires NES Controller Design Trademark

In some surprising news, Nintendo has grabbed the trademark for the NES controller design. Who knows why they’ve reacquired it after all this time, but there’s got to be some method behind the madness. It’s mainly the the B, A, Select, Start button layout that they wanted to acquire. Whether they will use this in their next project the NX remains to be seen. We shall keep you posted.

Thanks, Creative Sushi

Netflix Managed To Get ‘House of Cards’ Running On A NES

Netflix has achieved the impossible and have got the service up and running on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The idea came about during the Netflix “hack day” where the developers are given free reign to do what they like with the streaming service. The company managed to get a slightly pixelated version of the popular House of Cards, which you can view in the video above.

Euro eShop: Samus and Link NES 3DS Home Themes Available This Friday

Nintendo of Europe will be offering two new retro home themes for your 3DS later this week. Available to purchase on Friday, February 6, the fantastic looking NES Samus Aran background and NES Sword-Swinging Link will be up for grabs at the standard €1.99 / £1.79. Both backgrounds add to the ever-increasing retro selection of themes, including Fire Mario, Balloon Fighter, Pit, Ice Climbers and Donkey Kong. You can take a look at the two new lovely home themes in the image embedded above.

Two More NES 3DS Home Menu Themes Arriving In Euro eShop Later This Week

Nintendo of Europe has offered a whole host of 3DS home menu themes over the past few months – and adding to the ever-growing list are two more NES backgrounds. NES Fire Mario and NES Balloon Fighter will be available from Friday, January 30, at the regular €1.99 / £1.79 in the Nintendo eShop and theme store. Both backgrounds join last week’s three NES themes including, Donkey Kong, Ice Climbers and Kid Icarus’ Pit. You can take a look at the new themes in the image above.

Euro eShop: Three New NES 3DS Home Menu Themes Available From Friday

Nintendo of Europe will be offering three new NES home menu themes for your 3DS later this week. If you’re a stickler for nostalgia, you won’t want to miss out on the NES Ice Climbers, NES Pit or NES Donkey Kong backgrounds when they hit the European eShop this Friday, January 23. As per usual, all of the above backgrounds will be priced at €1.99 or £1.79. Let us know if you’ll be opting for any of the three – pictured above – in the comment section below.

  • NES Ice Climbers (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
  • NES Pit (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
  • NES Donkey Kong (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Factory Sealed NES Title Stadium Events Reaching Bids Up To $100,000 On eBay

An incredibly rare factory sealed NES title is reaching bids of up to $100,000 on eBay. Stadium Events – which was released in 1987 for the NES – is known as one of the rarest games on the platform, due to its limited production run. Owned by a former Nintendo employee, the factory sealed edition of Stadium Events was popped on eBay last week, with an initial opening bid of $5,000. Though bidding concludes on January 15, the game is currently sitting at $99,850 from 81 bids.

In 2010, the NES game surfaced as part of an eBay auction for a NES console and sold for $13,105. And just two weeks later, another copy of Stadium Events was auctioned off, closing at a remarkable $41,300. Speaking to GameSpot, the owner said he felt it was “the right time” to sell having left Nintendo in 2012. He added:

“While working at Nintendo games are often available to employees at end of life cycles. I did not realize the value until 2011, when a story came out about this game being sold on eBay for $44,000. I told my wife ‘I know I have that game.’ I collect a lot of different items, so after looking through several boxes I found it! Since I was still working for Nintendo I could not sell this item for profit, which is a smart company policy. When I left in 2012, it was possible for me to sell this game.”