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Nintendo hits RPG Maker's fan-made "Pokémon Essentials" toolset with a takedown

The "Pokémon Essentials" fan-made toolset for RPG Maker has been around for 11 years now, but it seems Nintendo has had enough of it. Nintendo has sent out a takedown request/copyright notice about the toolset, asking PokéCommunity to remove all download links to the toolset, as well as the upload itself.

Pokemon Essentials was a fan-made toolset that allowed RPG Maker users to create Pokemon-theme games. It used assets ripped straight from various Pokemon games, and was even used to create Pokemon Uranium, a Pokemon fan-game that saw release in 2016. Nintendo also swooped in and took that game down.

Categories: Top Stories, Portables
Tags: pokemon

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Marin works warily down the street
With the copyright pulled way down low
Ain't no sound but the sound of his game,
Nintendo Lawyers ready to go
Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this?
Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?
Out of the doorway cease and desist
To the sound of the beat
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, Nintendo's gonna get you, too
Another one bites the dust

If anything I'm more surprised it took them this long to do anything about it.

socar
Wed Aug 29 18 02:38pm
Rating: 2 (Updated 1 time)

Nintendo troll: #@!# Nintendo and their IPs. Genesis does what Nintendon't.

Loyal Nintendo fan: You bozos have no idea how copyright works. Also, SEGA did do a ton of takedowns before..like Streets of Rage fan-made?

If you ask me, that toolset should have been updated as an interface or something so that it could be sold as a licensed engine which could have far been better than doing this fan-made one in the first place.

tmtigran
Wed Aug 29 18 02:41pm
Rating: 3

Well not only that.. lets be honest. This is -literally- plagiarism.

And I bet half those that were outraged at the IGN guy for plagiarizing, would whine that Nintendo shouldn't do this.

mariostarn
Wed Aug 29 18 03:15pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

Or worse, armchair copyright law experts that try to say the takedown is wrong despite not qualifying for any provision of Fair Use in any way.

And also forgetting that copyright law requires you to actively protect and defend your claim otherwise you risk losing said claim in the future.

For example, if Nintendo never ever went after any infringement of Super Mario for the last 25 years and they risk losing the copyright claim entirely.

People who make Pokemon fan games to explore game design aren't paid developers. Unless they're funding their game on Patreon or something, which would invite takedowns.

Also art assets from a game aren't... a game. You can do things with them that are transformative, in a way that just taking someone's words for an opinion piece isn't.

Marin works warily down the street
With the copyright pulled way down low
Ain't no sound but the sound of his game,
Nintendo Lawyers ready to go
Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this?
Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?
Out of the doorway cease and desist
To the sound of the beat
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, Nintendo's gonna get you, too
Another one bites the dust

socar
Thu Aug 30 18 12:15am
Rating: 1

Out of the scale 1-10, you are a 11. Although you repeated another one bites the dust a bit.

Oh I never saw this before. I would have liked to give it a try. I used the Zelda and Mario makers Hyrule Magic and Lunar Magic respectively before. Hyrule Magic was a bit finicky but Lunar Magic was only a little more difficult to use than the real Mario Maker and also had a map editor.

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