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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Now Shows Porn Thanks to Hackers

Many parents are suggest turning off the ability to play online until the problem is solved.

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Over the years, Nintendo has managed to maintain its image as the more wholesome of the large video game console developers. When compared to the likes of Sony (Playstation) and Microsoft (Xbox), Nintendo has seldom gone down the rabbit hole of super mature gaming experiences, preferring to release games that an entire family can enjoy. But, Switch hackers, i.e, those who modify the rules of online Nintendo Switch gameplay, are changing that, as they have begun inserting pornographic pictures into Super Mario Odyssey.

The images are limited to the level called “Luigi’s Balloon World” in which payers hide balloons in the clouds for other players to find. If you find the ballon, you win. But the kicker is, the game is online based, so once you find another plays balloon, you’ll also see their profile image. So basically, Switch hackers are now changing their profile pictures such that they depict pornographic imagery and leaving the now explicit balloons around for people to find.

In the gaming community, online hijinks are normally nothing to write home about, but given the number of kids who play Super Mario Odyssey, several concerned parents took to a Nintendo Switch subreddit to discuss the problem.

“[I]t seems hackers have found a way to insert indecent content into our children’s games,” one parent wrote in the forum. “We only have seen this happen on Mario Odyssey, but who knows how many other games could be affected. While we wait for Nintendo to offer better parental controls, I am taking my child’s switch offline and I encourage others to do so with me.”

While these concerns from parents are certainly valid, it doesn’t seem to be a parental control issue. The hackers are using a homemade piece of software called Dev Menu which is uploaded onto the Switch and allows players to upload custom profile images. The part that was clever on the hackers end was making it such that Nintendo can’t identify the users who upload custom profile pictures. Because Nintendo’s system only recognizes its pre-approved images, people who use custom profile pictures can’t be reported.

Nintendo has yet to release a statement, but the longer the ability to upload the custom images remains, is the more people who will see it. Currently, Super Mario Odyssey has sold more than 10 million copies on a console that has been sold almost 18 million times.

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