back to article Meanwhile, in Japan, pet fish run up credit card bill on Nintendo Switch

A monkey sitting at a typewriter for infinity will almost surely rattle off the complete works of Shakespeare, but can fish complete Pokémon video games on a much shorter timescale? That is a question that the Japanese YouTuber Mutekimaru has answered more than once (six titles beaten in 20,000 hours) by dividing his tank into …

  1. original_rwg


    I wonder if they'd reached any gambling sites if they'd have managed to plaice a bet....

    1. DishonestQuill

      Re: Gambling

      I believe there will be a follow up article next week, no doubt the trout will come out then.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Gambling

        They were offered the opportunity to use his credit card, and they took the bait.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Gambling

          One could say the fish involved were perch aces...

      2. Martin Summers

        Re: Gambling

        "I believe there will be a follow up article next week, no doubt the trout will come out then."

        I do hope they don't keep carping on about it.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Gambling

      How long did it take floundering around for that joke?

      1. Sgt_Oddball

        Re: Gambling

        Look there's a time and a plaice for that sort of thing...

    3. entfe001

      Re: Gambling

      Fish and chips, anyone?

      1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

        Re: Gambling

        Shoal long & thanks for all the errrrrrrrrrr.

  2. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Wot? No jokes about credit card phishing?

    1. KittenHuffer Silver badge

      [waits 3 seconds]

      Wot? No jokes about credit card phishing?

      [waits 3 seconds]

      Wot? No jokes about credit card phishing?

      [waits 3 seconds]

      Wot? No jokes about credit card phishing?

  3. Plest Silver badge

    A moron with tech skills and a credit card, is still just a moron!

    So basically you hooked up a very basic, organic "entropy engine" to a game console that had a user account with a credit card attached?

    Yep, all sounds like very little could go wrong with any of that!

  4. Howard Sway Silver badge

    among plenty of other improbable actions

    didn't you get the better version of the story where the fish bought themselves a luxury aquarium, recorded a smash hit dance anthem and wrote an open source OS called finux?

    I guess not, but it really is amazing what people on Youtube can do with video editing software in order to seek attention and get it these days......

  5. Stork Silver badge


    I still remember the shock I got when, at our Friday morning breakfast meeting, I heard my group manager using the phrase “very valuable Pokémon card” referring to ongoings in his kids school.

  6. b0llchit Silver badge


    And they all thought fish were stupid. This was a premeditated credit card hack.

    1. vekkq

      Re: Intelligence

      Everyone will have to patch their fish tank RCE now.

    2. RichardB

      Re: Intelligence

      "premeditated credit card hack"?!

      Surely you mean hake?

  7. aregross


    ... he trained them or they trained him?

  8. Dinanziame Silver badge

    "For those without small children at home"

    Ha ha. Pokémon came out in 1996, that's 27 years ago. Today's parents of small children played the game when they were themselves young... And might well still play.

  9. David Austin

    Fun, but Buggy

    For those out of the loop, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet came out last November: they've been massive sellers (10 million copies in 3 days), and they are undeniably fun (First game in the series to allow players to adventure together in full multiplayer), but they are plagued with bugs and performance issues, the most serious being the Crash to Home Screen error (Switch equivalent of a bug check) that led to the fish shenanigans (And many, many lost Pokémon over the world).

    Nintendo are promising a patch in late February to fix some issues (As well as 1008 Pokémon), but we'll have to see if they manage to hit all the worse pain points...

  10. herman Silver badge


    And thanks for all the fish.

  11. ChaosFreak

    I'm surprised the credit card company didn't automatically detect those fishy charges

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