A YouTuber has created an alternative Nintendo Switch controller for their pet fish that allows them to play live streaming video games. The fish managed to spend real money on some digital purchases while trying to beat a gym leader Pokemon Scarlet and purple (h/t: GamesRadar). And all this happened because Scarlet and violet they are so wrong that they can sometimes cause gameplay crash on home page.
Mutekimaru Channel is a popular Japanese YouTuber who streams fish playing video games through an assistive device — an initiative that was meant to help viewers stay at home during the pandemic. When a fish swims over a certain area of the “controller”, the game registers it as a specific button input. It’s not just a fish playing Pokémon either. The owner of the channel rotates the fish every twelve hours to keep them healthy.
If the whole story stopped at “a fish was playing Pokémon on stream,” then I would have been suitably impressed. But no, the fish took things a step further. Not only were several fish able to travel through cities and wilderness with a specialized controller, but they even managed to spend their owner’s real-life money. I dread to think what else these fish might be capable of. Armed robbery?
Normally, only one fish player is allowed into the Switch tank at a time. Once the owner left the game, several fish took over and planned their nefarious heist.
The fish had been in the middle Pokemon Scarlet and violetbut the game crashed because of it infamous performance issues. Once the fish was taken to the main page of the Nintendo Switch, they managed to open the eshopwhere its owner’s credit card information had been saved (and thus doxxed).
fish added 500 yen on account of their owner. He then used the resulting Nintendo Gold Coins (a loyalty reward from digital purchases) to buy a golf cosmetics from Nintendo Switch Sport. Conformable Sister News 24the owner plans to request a refund from Nintendo.
Be careful out there, players. Not only can hackers and other unscrupulous types get hold of your credit card information, so can common fish. So don’t put your credit card number on shared devices!