The 1999 Pokémon Illegal Gambling Lawsuit


You can’t walk outside for five seconds nowadays without bumping into someone playing Pokémon Go. While the GPS-based mobile game is an undeniable phenomenon in 2016, those familiar with Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise will know that this isn’t Pikachu’s first brush with fame—or infamy.

In the video above, find out what happened 17 years ago when the families of two boys took Nintendo to court and accused the video game company of turning their children into gambling addicts.

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