FTC Gives Nintendo 30 Days to Remove Illegal "Warranty-Void-if-Removed" Stickers

The following letter was sent to Nintendo by Lois Greisman, the FTC’s associate director of marketing practices...

“This letter places you on notice that violations of the Warranty and FTC Acts may result in legal action. FTC investigators have copied and preserved the online pages in question, and we plan to review your company's written warranty and promotional materials after 30 days. You should review the Warranty and FTC Acts and if necessary, revise your practices to comply with the Acts' requirements. By sending this letter, we do not waive the FTC's right to take law enforcement action and seek appropriate injunctive and monetary remedies against [company name] based on past or future violations.”

Now Nintendo has 30 days to remove/change the language on these stickers to comply with FTC regulations. Just to be clear, Nintendo isn't being singled out here. Sony and Microsoft have received the same letters from the FTC, and must take the same action.

Categories: Consoles, Portables


Nintendo have been skirting on the wrong side of the law in many aspects and many regions lately.

I've said this many times: Most consumers simply trust that whatever companies like Nintendo tell them is the law and cannot be challenged, but that is often not the case. I like to bring up the whole YouTube copyright strikes and Fair Use fiasco as one example of this where I believe that if anyone actually properly challenged Nintendo and other companies on this they would find that the law isn't quite as black and white in the favour of these big corporations as they just blindly accept. And I think there's a lot of situations like this that we're all just going along with similarly.

What's this about again? Different from their return policy Yeah?

yea idk some one enlighten us please

Pretty much anywhere you see a void if opened or removed sticker or if it's in a contract it's technically illegal. But companies put it in as a deterrent to stop people fixing things themselves to make them think that if they do they will void the terms of their warranty. So if you try to fix your computer or something using certified parts but cant do it a company can't legally deny you service on it. Apple is notorious for denying coverage because someone attempted to fix it themselves or just opened their computer even though they legally cant do that.

is that true if so WOW! this helps me alot, not joking! thanks!

Any instance of big companies being reminded that they are on the wrong side of the law is good in my book. It's high time more laws are passed on this particular market to limit anti-consumer practices.

Wonder what Nintendo is gonna do.

Will this force Nintendo to fix systems that has a modchip?

I highly doubt it. There's a big difference between just opening the system up and placing a modchip inside.

I don't remember seeing sticker like these anywhere lately? Maybe it's different because I'm in Quebec and it was already stricter here?


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