You may recall that last month Nintendo introduced new guidelines for small-scale fan tournaments. The guidelines were very strict and very few people were happy with the new rules. However, you may be surprised to learn that one government agency isn’t happy with this news either.
The Norwegian Consumer Council has taken notice of Nintendo’s new rules and Thomas Iversen, one of their senior legal advisors, spoke to Norwegian site PressFire about it. According to Iversen, Nintendo shouldn’t be able to make these new rules because they didn’t exist when Super Smash Bros. was released. Ultimate. He also criticized Nintendo’s restrictions on game modifications, something that was addressed when Nintendo lost a lawsuit against Galoob regarding the Game Genie decades ago. Iversen said: “One would think that this problem would then be resolved, provided that the use does not conflict with copyright.”
Finally, he criticized Nintendo’s ban on custom controllers. Iversen said he had “no respect for such a restriction.” Inversen believes that this rule prevents people with physical difficulties from playing and at the same time harms the competition. So there are several reasons why the Norwegian Consumer Council has a problem with the new rules.
As for what the Norwegian Consumer Council plans to do in the future, it was stated that it would discuss with other European consumer bodies how to proceed. That said, it’s worth noting that this wouldn’t be the first time the Norwegian Consumer Council has legally challenged Nintendo. It’s thanks to them that European users can now cancel digital pre-orders on the Switch and that Nintendo had to offer free lifetime repairs of Nintendo Switch controllers to players in the European Union.