Gary Bowser, Infamous Nintendo Hacker, Released from Prison but Ordered to Pay Nintendo a Quarter of His Income for Life

Gary Bowser, one of the key members of the hacking group Team Xecutor, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for his involvement in cracking Nintendo’s latest handheld console and selling their solution to various shady individuals. Nintendo has made it clear that this kind of activity will not be tolerated, and Bowser, whose name is coincidentally the same as the iconic villain from Nintendo’s Super Mario games, has been made an example of.

Bowser has already served part of his sentence and has been released early for good behavior. However, the court has also ruled that he must pay back the economic damages caused to Nintendo, which amount to just over 100 million Swedish kronor. To ensure that as much of this money as possible is repaid, Nintendo will take 25-30% of all of Bowser’s future income, either until the debt is paid off in full or he passes away.

So far, only about 1800 kronor of this debt has been repaid, taken from the salary that Bowser earned during his time in prison. It remains to be seen whether Bowser will be able to make significant progress in paying off his debt, given the severity of the amount owed and the restrictions placed on his future income. The case serves as a reminder that hacking and piracy are illegal activities with serious consequences, and those who engage in such activities will be held accountable for their actions.