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Pet fish play Pokémon and hit the Nintendo store

Forget watching people play video games on stream, instead, you can watch a pet fish attempt to finish an entire Pokémon game

You hear stories of children accidentally buying video games or in-game currency by accessing stored bank details on a device. However, on this occasion, it wasn’t a child. It was someone’s pet fish.

Yep, you’re reading that right. Let’s explain how this came to be. Japanese YouTuber Mutekimaru Channel used motion tracking software and a controller grid to allow the fish to input commands into the game. The fish swim over a button and voila the button input is registered.

The YouTuber then set up a webcam on the fish bowl so viewers could see the fish move around. On the other side of the split screen was footage of the video game being played, which was Pokémon Scarlet/Violet. According to Techspot the YouTuber has done this experiment before with a previous Pokémon game where the fish completed the game in around 3,195 hours, a task that would take a human on average 30 hours.

Gamer fish spending spree

However, this time around the fish had other plans. After playing for some time the game crashed and since the owner wasn’t around to restart the game, the fish just continued to input commands. They then decided that some retail therapy was in order and hit the Nintendo eShop.

In a somehow unfortunate series of events, the fish were able to input the commands to add 500 yen to Mutekimaru’s account from a credit card that was saved on the device. This figure only amounts to around £3. However, more worryingly, the transaction also exposed the YouTuber’s credit card information to anyone watching the stream.

The fish were not done there though. Continuing to roam around they were able to purchase a new avatar. Download the N64 emulator and also send a PayPal email confirmation. Oh, and an account name change was also seemingly in order. No longer would it be Mutekimaru, but instead “ROWAWAWAWA¥.” 

Luckily the whole situation amounted to nothing serious. Mutekimaru was even able to contact Nintendo and get a refund of 500 yen. For fans who want to see more Pokémon outside of watching a fish stream. The long awaited No Limit parade at Universal Studios Japan takes place this year

Written By

Paige Cook is a writer with a multi-media background. She has experience covering video games and technology and also has freelance experience in video editing, graphic design, and photography. Paige is a massive fan of the movie industry and loves a good TV show, if she is not watching something interesting then she's probably playing video games or buried in a good book. Her latest addiction is virtual photography and currently spends far too much time taking pretty pictures in games rather than actually finishing them.

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