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CREATED JUN.14.1999
UPDATED JUN.09.2003
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MARTIN NIELSEN
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN NINTENDO DICOVERS A SHIPMENT OF NES CLONES
CRUSH! KILL! DESTROY!!
What do you think happens when Nintendo finds a container stuffed with illegal NES system clones with built-in games, making them illegal. Stacks of Gameboy multicartridges just waiting to find new owners thinking Nintendo is cool when they're selling them 200 games for the price of 1, and then later complains to Nintendo when their Supercom Super Turbo Mega 16bit 3D Nintendo Entertainment System breaks.

Well they of course hires a bulldozer to run over the lot, to show they don't allow such things to be sold. Then they call the news crew to tape it all broadcast the damn thing on the 6 o'clock news!

This is exactly what happened in Denmark in 1996. The pictures on the right are taken from a danish news broadcast. Nintendo sued a couple of guys who had imported a lot of illegal NES clones and Gameboy carts, which would have given them an estimated income of 200.000 Danish Kroner, which is about US$28.000.

Nintendo won the case and hired a bulldozer to crack the lot into tiny pieces. There were two different stories about the case, a long story in the 6 o'clock news and a small one in the 9 o'clock evening news. Unfortunately I didn't have a tape in my VCR when the first story aired. It showed viewers a lot of smashed Gameboy multicartridges and other nifty items which could make a fan cry, along with an interview with a guy from the Danish distributor most likely saying they would hunt down anyone trying to sell counterfeit Nintendo products.

As far as I can see the NES clone is the popular Mastergames Supercom 72, sold on a lot of markets in Denmark around 1996, I know I picked up a few ;)

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