The software enabled users to run unauthorized software on the Wii as well as play games copied to an USB-attached hard drive.
The police force’s Cyber Crime Unit first became aware of the site in December. Police say the software was uploaded onto the suspect’s website on Feb. 28 and was downloaded about 6,500 times over the subsequent three months. Prior to that, the suspect’s blog contained information on how to physically modify a Wii console to play unauthorized software.
The student said to police that “my website was making money, so I kept it running,” reported the Asahi Shimbun. That money, approximately 200,000 yen ($2,500) over the last 18 months, came from online advertisements and not from selling the software or modding consoles, he said.
The suspect is charged with violating the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, which was amended in 2011 to attach criminal penalties to “the act of providing devices to circumvent technological restriction measures.”