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25 Year-Old Japanese Man Arrested For Allegedly Threatening To Blow Up Nintendo's HQ

Posted by Damien McFerran

Said he would kill Nintendo executives "sooner or later"

It has been reported today that a 25 year-old Japanese man has been arrested in connection with death threats made against executives at Nintendo.

According to Sankei News, the suspect used Nintendo's online inquiry form to make the threats, even going as far as to name the Nintendo staff he wished to kill. Their names have not been revealed.

The man — who has also not been named at this stage — was arrested by Tokyo police this morning, and has admitted to his actions. He is also charged with writing other messages on the Nintendo site, one of which stated:

I'd planted bombs at Nintendo headquarters, tomorrow afternoon they're going to blow up, Nintendo go bankrupt.

This comment was tracked using the IP address of the suspect's computer.

It's not the first time Nintendo has had to face such threats — last year, a virus was responsible for a bomb scare at the company's HQ.

[via kotaku.com]

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User Comments (110)

SetupDisk

#2

SetupDisk said:

Sounds like the same level of logic as those that think Nintendo should only make games not systems.

andreoni79

#5

andreoni79 said:

Option 1: he is really insane.
Option 2: he is the most stupid troll in the world.

MrWalkieTalkie

#8

MrWalkieTalkie said:

I just can't comprehend the stupidity here. Have we really reached a point in this whole "console war" fanboyism where we think we need to pysically harm those who make rival consoles to prove our choice of console is best?

Gioku

#9

Gioku said:

What in the world did Nintendo do to this guy? Like somehow ruin his family or something?

Bliquid

#10

Bliquid said:

That's what happens when you don't deliver a unified account.
On a less playful note, how saddening to see comments on other console makers when there is no reason to it at all.
Nintendo just "won" with Zelda and SMB3DW, but you are never satisfied by good things, if you can't throw mud around a little bit.
You just can't help to be petty now,do you?

Beetlejuice

#15

Beetlejuice said:

In this thread: 150+ people making the same "Microsoft/Sony fanboys have gone to far!" jokes....

Marshi

#16

Marshi said:

I bet the reason for the hate were disagreements with nintendogs strategy of late. Some people take it way too serious and way too far. This is why console wars are some of the most shameful and pathetic thing us gamers can involve ourselves in. Hating someone (or in this case a company) simply for their actions that do not affect you in any meaningful or physical way is wrong.
Im exagerating here but hating others preferences is much the same as racism sexism or homophobia and it MUST STOP

HeroOfTime32

#18

HeroOfTime32 said:

A part of me thinks he was just a really dumb troll who didn't think about what he was really saying.... either way WHAT AN IDIOT!

Marshi

#19

Marshi said:

@MrWalkieTalkie ive just posted pretty much the same thing. And people wonder why the rest of the world consider gaming a childish or evil thing...

sadsack777

#26

sadsack777 said:

Nintendo what have u done to this man ho u did,nt make star fox u when u should have done lol

DestinyMan

#27

DestinyMan said:

I don't think we should rush to conclusions here. He might have some hidden grudge toward Nintendo that might not have to do with games. Just let the authorities investigate further.

Random, insane man or extremist fanboy, this is still totally wrong and he should be punished.

Shiryu

#29

Shiryu said:

... "Bomberman" fan? I'm upset as the next guy that Hudson got swallowed up, but why blow up Nintendo who brings so much joy to the world?

sadsack777

#30

sadsack777 said:

it just shows how good .( NINTENDO) is to its rivals to have something like this done keep going Nintendo show them what u can do ...AND YES IAM A FAN OF NINTENDO AND PROUND OF IT

WYLD-WOO

#31

WYLD-WOO said:

Just another XBOX PR stunt. The police should be asking old Bill Gates a few questions about this!

Volmun

#33

Volmun said:

@Marshi completely agree with you i mean... i cant stand MS but i dont go at ppl who like it as i dont like it when thay do it to me ppl need to lern to accsept difrnt ppl have difrnt taste in thing in life and if you dont like it leav them be as long as there not actualy herting you or eniybody elce in the process.

andreoni79

#34

andreoni79 said:

@Platypus101 I meant, if its not mental illness, than it's exaggerate stupidity, which is scarier...
All other people talking about fanboism are surely joking, glad that no one got hurt.

ultraraichu

#38

ultraraichu said:

You know you're on top when they are others wanting to bring you down.

If this was by M Night Shyamalan, then the suspect would be a longtime Nintendo fan. The Internet is turning into a dark and scary place each day.

banacheck

#39

banacheck said:

Those mad Nintendo U fans, but this is going to far take notice Nintendo fanboys lessons can be learned.

PorllM

#40

PorllM said:

@MrWalkieTalkie Why would you assume that's what happened? He could have been a Nintendo fan who wasn't happy with something that happened, an ex employee or even a complete non gamer.

sikthvash

#41

sikthvash said:

I'm no FBI profile specialist, but this guy strikes me as someone wanting attention (& medical help) in his vain attempt to be an Anonymous-esque revolt leader. Hoping the news and threats have not caused too much disruption and stress at Nintendo HQ and for their families and friends. Always reassuring to know that the Authorities act quickly and decisively.

Stubborn_Monkey

#42

Stubborn_Monkey said:

Perhaps he wanted to bomb Nintendo's HQ to see if there were any secret rooms on the other side of the walls... should've poked them with his sword first.

Serious now, if he was bored out of his mind, he had a lot of options to have some harmless fun instead of threatening anyone.

Nintendude789

#46

Nintendude789 said:

My God! What was going on in that guy's head!? Did he lose his mind? Is he jealous of Nintendo's success? Is he an insane fanboy who would do ANYTHING to defend his company?

But thank God Nintendo's executives are Ok!

God bless them! ;)

Beta

#48

Beta said:

@ultraraichu This is one of the incidents that led to the Dark of the Internet... In the internet we trust!
Sorry for my stupid joke, just had to do it XD

Goginho

#52

Goginho said:

They should put a giant statue of Bowser outiside the building to intimidate fools and remind them who they're messing with.

TheN64Dude

#53

TheN64Dude said:

If this guy was threatening Microsoft Studios for what they did to Rare Ware, I'd support him.

mikeyman64

#56

mikeyman64 said:

Yeah, this is way more than a simple act of "trolling". The guy "accessed the online inquiry form on Nintendo's homepage" to submit his kill list, then later admitted to his deeds. A bit more extreme than a kid on a forum saying "Sony rules! Nintendo should die!"

Even if it was some crazy guy wanting attention, his threats were too grave to take lightly.

OptimisticLink

#57

OptimisticLink said:

If this were an act of trolling, then I'm not laughing. Dangerous threats like this is nothing to joke about.

retro_player_22

#58

retro_player_22 said:

This goes to show that even if you're trying to improve yourself to help your company and grow your business, there's still an idiot out there who would want you dead. Knowing Nintendo had exist since 1889, they have had these kind of threats all the time. They're not gonna submit in fear, they will improve and move on.

The_Fox

#59

The_Fox said:

TheN64Dude wrote:

If this guy was threatening Microsoft Studios for what they did to Rare Ware, I'd support him.

Because death threats are hilarious, am I right?........Anyone?

Super_Gravy

#62

Super_Gravy said:

I don't think that guy is an Sony or Microsoft fanboy. Something pissed him off or he just want attention. I know a couple of people are pissed off by any companies when their family or friends lost their jobs to oversea, budget cut, and some other reasons as well.

To be fair, we don't know much about this guy.

SubZer023

#65

SubZer023 said:

Lmfao Sony fanboys you no the usual they mad in screaming Sony what did they do to you ahh!!!!! :'( lmao :p

Tobias95

#67

Tobias95 said:

Diabolical criminals like him is what makes me think this world has gone mad.
Despicable. Just despicable.

mikeyman64

#69

mikeyman64 said:

After sending the Sankei page through a couple website translators (not vouching for their accuracy at all), the term "bankruptcy margin" comes up a lot. I wonder if this alleged death threat sender was just an angry investor or even a hardcore Nintendo fan that is just incredibly upset at devoting his life to something he sees as faltering. It's an interesting thought.

Courtest1

#71

Courtest1 said:

What bothers me most about this, is the fact that it wasn't really addressed. So, a guy threatens to blow up Nintendo... Did anybody really care to ask why?

MamaLuigi

#73

MamaLuigi said:

I'm sure there are plenty crazies out there who want Nintendo out of commission just so their favorite non-Nintendo franchise can win.

PvtOttobot

#74

PvtOttobot said:

@Marshi @Volmun I agree! People's (including my own) lives can be really negatively affected by the abuse about Nintendo. Is it really ok that we grow up in an environment where liking something that's not over Americanized and 'the most popular one' is seen as straight up wrong?

RichRadEx

#75

RichRadEx said:

I know a lot of people hate Nintendo, but to threaten them is going at a whole new level.

BlueBlurIxM

#76

BlueBlurIxM said:

@Sparx The EU HQ that is just a few miles away where I live, doesn't look much better. lol Nobody expects a building like Google or EA have. ;)

On Topic:
I really want to know why, or what was going on in his head.. =/

SomeBitTripFan

#79

SomeBitTripFan said:

Well, if there were actually bombs planted, I'm glad they caught this guy. It's sad when people have such a problem with something, or want attention so badly, that they're willing to murder people.

2Sang

#80

2Sang said:

I'm unappy with the wii u too dude, but blowing up nintendo's hq isn't gonna solve anything. I hate to break it to you, it's not like Team Rocket headquarters, most people there are really cool.

Memeboy3

#85

Memeboy3 said:

@Doma.
DOMA. A SONY FANBOY!
Today: A burned Sony troll offended of his plans failing.
Tomorrow: Causing the 11/21 by blowing up Microsoft.
Then: Sony and Microsoft Fanboys Bomb themselves to the battle of the GODS! and Nintendo is the Only Video game company!
That's all i have to say..Nice job Fanboyism!

Zombie_Barioth

#86

Zombie_Barioth said:

Nintendo does more than just video games in Japan so chances are its not even game related. They make pachinko machines if I remember right, it could easily be an angry gambler. If I lost everything at the casino I'd probably be just as angery at the machines' manufacturer as the casino itself too.

This is just too much of a far cry from the usual internet threats to seriously write it off as an angery fanboy, its just too extreme for no actual gain, monetary or otherwise.

Jeremyx7

#88

Jeremyx7 said:

Complete idiot that deserves to be locked up for good and watched at all times. What a stupid fool who brought this upon himself for no good reason.

tanookisuit

#90

tanookisuit said:

Seems mental instability crossed with the incessant immaturity of the gaming industry (media and makers alike) trolling how Nintendo sucks, needs to go away and die finally bubbled over into this almost climax if all this crazy came to pass instead of being arrested over it. Sick.

ikki5

#93

ikki5 said:

@MkTony7

I don't think it needs to quite go that far as he never cause any real harm to anyone. I few year in jail will probably do him good.

Azikira

#95

Azikira said:

@Mikky I take offense to that. In my experiences (I have played across all platforms, mind you) the gamers who play on Microsoft's system are usually a lot more violent. Love getting death threats for winning an online game~

TechnoEA

#97

TechnoEA said:

Wait he said Executives ? Sounds more like an ex employee or someone with a grudge against the staff.

Sanquine

#100

Sanquine said:

This man needs to be punished.

BTW are Nintendo fans out of their mind? Must be a Sony fan?! You guys are the extremists of the gaming world ;)! Narrow minded i guess.

StarDust4Ever

#101

StarDust4Ever said:

Just pose as a fire-breathing dragon and make death threats to mustached plumbers wearing red hats, and you'll be fine; it's called cosplay! ;)

Trikeboy

#102

Trikeboy said:

For a company based on innovation, they certainly have a dull building as Nintendo HQ.

D3athBr1ng3r187

#103

D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

It's kinda sad to go to this site and see comments of immature as usual Nintendo fanboys blaming Sony/Microsoft fans for a 25 yrs old Japanese man threatening to blow up the Nintendo HQ without the proper information to understand why this guy wanted to do this but as usual Nintendo chumps use this travesty (which innocent people could been killed if true) as one of they immature selfish console war jokes that's low even for y'all and pathetic but this is Nintendo Life so why complain..........- _ -

DarkNinja9

#104

DarkNinja9 said:

sony fanboys raging again? taking it to step 3 or something jeez calm down xD

haters going to hate right?

Sanquine

#105

Sanquine said:

@DarkNinja9 Raging? Most of NL users point to sony Fans. I admit i am a Sony fan but that doesn't mean i hate Nintendo. My Nintendo Wii U and 3DS XL are the proof of that. Furthermore, i think i played more hours on my DS than any of you ;) ^^ 5 playthroughs Dragonquest alone :) Grind Grind

JuanitoShet

#108

JuanitoShet said:

Woooow. There are always enough people in the world willing enough to make fools of themselves at others' expenses. Except this one, it got him locked up. Good riddance.

eza

#109

eza said:

I have a theory:
Maybe he recently moved to another country, requested that Nintendo change the country on his NNID, and had all his purchased eShop games removed.
Maybe he also lost 9000 Club Nintendo points, which he had been diligently inputting the codes for and saving up for years to spend on something really good, because of a random and arbitrary policy change at Nintendo which caused him to lose them.
Maybe he tried to complain through the proper channels and was ignored.

I highly doubt that though - sounds like he has mental health issues, sadly.

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