One of the many things Japan is known for is being the birthplace of the Famicom, otherwise known as the Nintendo Entertainment System.
So it may not come as a surprise that a 33-year old man from Tochigi was arrested for selling pirated NES games in the form of roms between September 2009 and September 2010. The man sold this collection of roms (the bill claims that each disc contained over 2000 roms) for over 60,000 Yen, or $700 a pop. Because he only had to pay for the CD’s, the profit was very substantial, at a whopping 7480% profit margin.
The worst part is that the customers didn’t even receive all 2000 roms as promised, but instead, received only about 1000. While the man certainly deserves punishment, it should be noted that the man’s customers should take some of the blame for purchasing the roms in the first place.
The criminal in question is currently unemployed and when asked why he did this, his response was, “I was broke so I did it to make money.”