Switch emulation is one thingand that’s something Nintendo is clearly not happy about – with many first-party releases often leaking ahead of official release dates and in most cases continuing Miscellaneous Devices with much higher resolutions and frame rates.
Nintendo has taken action against piracy and emulation in the past, and recently it has experienced another DMCA frenzy. Following the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet leak, Nintendo is now targeting images of Switch games published on the SteamGridDB website.
The takedowns targeting this website focus on images from six Nintendo Switch games – including Pokémon Scarlet, Pokémon Violet, Splatoon 3, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Super Mario Odyssey and the launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
SteamGridDB allows users to upload custom images of games to be displayed in their Steam library and it seems that this feature could be of use alongside the Steam Deck and a specific emulator.
According to a report on GamesRadar+, some users are already trying to re-upload these official Switch game images. In particular, there are many other Nintendo-related images on SteamGridDB, but the Japanese company is only targeting the aforementioned titles at this time.
This isn’t the first time Nintendo has targeted content linked to Steam or the Steam Deck: