Friday, June 22, 2018

Super Mario Odyssey Hacked With Porn

Pornographic images starts showing up in Super Mario Odyssey to the horror of some Nintendo Switch owners.

Developer/publisher Nintendo is known for their family-friendly video games and they encourage young players to enjoy their titles. However, that is at risk now as hackers have found a way that lets them upload custom avatars of their choosing for their profiles in Super Mario Odyssey and as a result, pornographic images starts showing up in the game, which some of the Nintendo Switch owners have noticed lately and many unchecked children are now at risk of viewing mature content.

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Super Mario Odyssey Hacked With Porn

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While communities of PC, PlayStation and Xbox have some toxicity online, Nintendo games were really setting a bar of standard for everyone else and had an innocent play-field for kids. Not only they follow a very strict policy for taking down any abusive or inappropriate content, those who cheat or quit matches online on a regular basis are also gets the boot. It was a solid ground for players of all ages to experience peaceful gaming together but seems like those days are gone now.

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By far, these images have showed up in 3D platformer Super Mario Odyssey and Luigi's Balloon World mini-game that came with a free DLC update this year. Players have to find out hidden balloons all over the world in this mode and upon finding them out; it shows the avatar of the person who hid it. Usually, what we see in those avatars are mostly pictures of Nintendo characters and Miis, but people started discovering unpleasant images that are straight out pornographic content.

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NSFW Images Invades Luigi’s Balloon World

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A curious user on Reddit has recently posted about what sort of obscene images he came across while playing the game. This normally gets players banned by Nintendo and until they offer better parental controls, he urged all parents to take their child's Switch offline. Apparently, a leaked DevMenu has been causing people to get past these normal protocols of the game, which another Reddit user claimed to get his hands on after buying a Switch this week.

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What he thought as a “defective” Switch from eBay was actually an EDEV unit, which is a console for developers. Although his post is deleted now, many have suggested releasing the data online for developers and hackers to study and it eventually uploaded to a torrent. With a custom firmware, installing DevMenu is actually pretty simple but unfortunately, people started to misuse the data already by exposing a huge number of children to the threat of watching NSFW images.