very funny: In a strange and seemingly random series of events, a Switch owner’s pet fish accessed his eShop account and added money to it using his credit card. The crime was caught on videotape during an uncensored live broadcast. Hundreds of viewers watched the small fish steal its owner’s identity while he was gone.
The entire robbery started as an experiment to see if Fish could complete Scarlett and Violet’s Pokémon without help. To do this, Japanese YouTuber “Mutekimaru Channel” set up a webcam focused on his fish bowl. Motion-tracking software watched the fish swim across an overlayed grid filled with controller inputs. If a fish pauses or changes direction, the associated console entry is registered in the game.
Mutekimaru has done this experiment before. In 2020, she successfully fished it accomplishment In the test, Pokémon Sapphire was finished in about 3,195 hours — something an active human could do in about 30. However, this time around, things didn’t quite go as planned.
The identity theft occurred while Mutekimaru was away from his YouTube live stream (highlights below). The game ran smoothly, with the fish winning several fights. At the 1144-hour mark, the game crashed, as it sometimes does, but without Mutekimaru around to fix the situation, the system continued recording input from the fish.
In the end, the pesky little creatures made Nintendo’s e-store appear (twice), and in perfect order, they scored the correct sequence of inputs to add 500 yen (about just about $4 USD) to Mutekimaru’s account from his credit card that was saved in the switch. They have also exposed his credit card information to everyone who views it.
The villains then managed to use some of Mutekimaru’s accumulated bonus points to buy a new avatar, download the N64 emulator, get PayPal to send him a setup confirmation email, and change his Nintendo account name from “Mutekimaru” to “ROWAWAWA”. The fish lasted on the free-for-all for seven hours in total before the receiver bait was finally able to turn off the switch.
Mutekimaru contacted Nintendo, explaining what had happened, and asking for a refund of 500 yen. Funnily enough, Nintendo agreed to the request. So all said and done, he didn’t really lose anything except 10 points for the avatar. Do no harm. We hope Mutekimaru sees it that way too, and doesn’t flush the petty thieves down the toilet.