It would appear that several Switch users have found themselves receiving online bans from Nintendo after attempting to hack into the console's operating system.

One such user is Shiny Quagsire, a prominent member of the Nintendo Switch homebrew community, who has explained his predicament via Twitter. When trying to load up the Nintendo eShop, an error message is displayed on his console stating that the use of online services has been currently restricted by Nintendo.

The ban means that the eShop, online gaming, adding friends, and social media posting functionalities have all been taken away from the console, although game updates and the news channel are still working as expected. Interestingly, Shiny Quagsire mentions that the specific console in question hasn't actually been hacked, potentially suggesting that Nintendo has tracked his user account from one Switch to another and has put a ban in place across the separate devices.

He has since been in contact with Nintendo to ask for the ban to be removed, but things don't look so good on that subject. The company has politely declined his request, referring him to the End User Licensing Agreement in the process.

Of course, the message to take home here is to simply not hack your favourite systems (or any systems, for that matter), but it is interesting to see Nintendo taking action on a problem that has been going on for some time now.

Do you think the ban is understandable? If you were in Nintendo's position would you do anything differently? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

[source twitter.com, via gbatemp.net]