I am a huge fan of Little Nemo the Dream Master on the NES. I love the film, the game, and everything else that ties into the two. It’s this love that made me feel heartbroken earlier this week.
The other day, Capcom was talking about the sad issue of licensing when it comes to the Wii VC. They told us that many of our old favorites will probably never hit the VC, due to licenses being lost over the years. I included Little Nemo in that article, but it looks like that might not be the case.
Reader Wiggymaster did some extensive research to find out just who owns the Little Nemo I.P., and the results are surprising. I’ve posted the content of his email below.
I remember the movie that was made and decided to find out once and for all whether or not it was made prior to the game or after the game was released (I *knew* Disney didn’t make it, and was wondering if Capcom themselves had a hand in making it). Turns out it was a co-production between two Japanese directors and two American screenwriters. The game *did* come after the film, but get this - it *wasn’t* licensed property from the film.
Little Nemo, belive it or not, is public domain . It’s actually based on a comic strip that ran during the early 1900s (thus its setting in 1911). It’s been over 70 years since the original author, Winsor McCay, created the series, and thus it fell into public domain on January 1st 2005.
Okay…who’s going to bring this news to the Capcom Unity boards?!