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HONG KONG AUTHORITIES SMASH COUNTERFEIT VIDEO GAME RING WITH TIES TO TAIWAN AND CHINA

 REDMOND, Wash., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo of America, Inc., issued the following:
 Hong Kong authorities have smashed an international counterfeiting ring that conspired to export thousands of pirated Nintendo video games to Latin America.
 The seizures provide further evidence of links between Taiwan counterfeiters and the manufacture of counterfeit video game cartridges in China.
 Customs officials announced the seizure of more than 2,800 counterfeit Nintendo cartridges at the Mankamto border control point and in subsequent raids at three other Hong Kong locations.
 Authorities said the counterfeit games were manufactured in China and then sent to Hong Kong for shipment to Venezuela and other countries in South America and Central America. The seized games are believed to represent only a fraction of those illegally exported by the ring.
 The raids were the latest in a series of anti-counterfeiting actions in Hong Kong which have resulted in the seizure of more than 86,000 counterfeit video game cartridges and disks and 81,000 computer circuit boards for use in pirated games.
 A Taiwanese couple and a Hong Kong man were arrested during the raids earlier this month and will be formally charged soon, according to Hong Kong customs authorities.
 Lynn E. Hvalsoe, Nintendo's general counsel, praised Hong Kong authorities for their efforts to combat the illegal counterfeiting schemes. "The numerous seizures in Hong Kong over the past year demonstrate the success that is possible when governments have the will to crack down on video game piracy.
 "This is further confirmation that Taiwanese infringers are involved in the production of counterfeit video game cartridges and components in China for export around the world," she said.
 Nintendo filed Special 301 petitions earlier this year with the U.S. Trade Representative seeking action against both Taiwan and China for inadequate enforcement against video game piracy.
 In another action in Nintendo's war against video game pirates, a U.S. District Court judge recently ordered two Taiwanese companies to pay more than $24 million in damages for selling counterfeit Nintendo video game cartridges.
 Nintendo of America Inc., located in Redmond, sells Nintendo video game products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America.
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 /CONTACT: Perrin Kaplan of Nintendo of America, Inc., 206-882-2040, or James L. Bikoff, 202-775-7151, for Nintendo/


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