Licensed and Unlicensed Products

All licensed merchandise, software, hardware and accessory packaging, worldwide, displays Nintendo's "Official Seal" (pictured below). This symbol is your assurance that the product has been evaluated and approved by Nintendo for use with its systems. Licensed merchandise -- such as bed sheets, trading cards, or clothing -- will also display this symbol.

Prior to the summer of 2003, these seals were found on the packaging of licensed products sold in North America. The seal on the left was used for licensed products such as software, hardware, and accessories. The seal on the right was used for licensed merchandise such as toys and clothing.

If a product does not carry one of the seals listed above, it is likely not licensed by Nintendo. Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo's testing and evaluation process. They may not work at all with our game systems, and they may have compatibility problems with certain games or accessories.