If you follow the piracy and hacking side of Nintendo news, you’ll no doubt remember the name Gary Bowser. Bowser was part of the hacking group Team-Xecuter, which paved the way for products that allowed people to play pirated games on the 3DS and Switch. Once Nintendo became aware of Team-Xecuter’s involvement and Bowser’s ties, it led to Bowser paying $10 million in damages to Nintendo along with serving jail time.

In a new interview with The Guardian, Bowser has opened up about the entire situation, including the day he was ascended upon by the authorities. Not surprisingly, it sounds like an incredibly intense and scarring moment.

“The day that it happened, I was sleeping in my bed, it was four in the morning, I’d been drinking all night. And suddenly I wake up and see three people surrounding my bed with rifles aimed at my head … they dragged me out of the place, put me in the back of a pickup truck and drove me to the Interpol office.”

[Gary Bowser]

Bowser’s life since the prosecution appears to have been a difficult one, with troublesome times in prison, health issues and more. If you’d like to read up on what Bowser’s life in prison was like and how he’s holding up today, check out the full feature here.

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