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Nintendo files DMCA notices to take down hundreds of fan-made games

Nintendo ninjas are back in action

Game Jolt is a website that hosts a ton of indie and fan-made games. This included a lot of Nintendo-related content, but today we've seen much of that content disappear.

Nintendo has sent DMCA notices to Game Jolt to have them remove 379 different fan-made games on their service. The specifics on each removed game are unclear right now, but it seems Nintendo targeted titles that used assets from their games, be it visuals, audio, or some form of code. We don't know if Nintendo requested removal of completely original fan games.

The hundreds of games that have been removed now spit out 404 error pages when you try to access them, so it doesn't seem like any of them will be coming back.

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hawk
Wed Jan 06 21 06:42pm
Rating: 6

Gonintendo.com isn't a good comparison. It's a news site that posts screenshots and videos intended for the press. It's not a website hosting playable games made out of Nintendo's property, for profit.

It's a shame to see fan games taken down because each one represents a person's hard work... but if they had worked a little harder to use their own graphics or music, their games would still be there AND they'd be showcasing their own talent better.

This is the key statement:
Nintendo targeted titles that used assets from their games, be it visuals, audio, or some form of code.

People need to realize that you can't take things without permission and expect to be able to use them.

Especially if it was for profit. Ads were ran on Game Jolt making the developers there using Nintendo IP illegally for profit. Of course Nintendo is gonna smack you for using their IPs without permission and for commercial gain.

GoNintendo.com runs ads, is this site using Nintendo IP for commercial gain?

Obviously news/criticism falls under fair use, but so do fan games. Most websites have to run ads to pay for hosting, so I don't really see the difference here. It's not like a patreon page specifically created to make money for a game.

hawk
Wed Jan 06 21 06:42pm
Rating: 6

Gonintendo.com isn't a good comparison. It's a news site that posts screenshots and videos intended for the press. It's not a website hosting playable games made out of Nintendo's property, for profit.

It's a shame to see fan games taken down because each one represents a person's hard work... but if they had worked a little harder to use their own graphics or music, their games would still be there AND they'd be showcasing their own talent better.

socar
Wed Jan 06 21 10:55pm
Rating: 1

So true. Unfortunately, we live in a world where people can't understand the simple concept of copyrights.

Well, there are thousands of games made with original assets that don't get any attention at all. Using Nintendo's graphics and music is a way to draw attention to your game, regardless of whether the game showcases any talent or not.

smasher89
Wed Jan 06 21 05:46pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

seeems they are way more effective about removing games and access than releasing new ones (dlc doesnt count), kinda sad this is what its turned into post wii u.
EDIT: That said, using assets ripped from games sounds like clear cut cases.

tlk777
Wed Jan 06 21 10:33pm
Rating: 1

If its not for profit you should be able to do what you want with it

I'm going to take Super Mario Odyssey, I replace two textures and I give everyone free copies.

I really don't see the problem here, do you?

Well.. of course I see the problem.

This doesn't really apply because most of these games patch the original game. Of course people can pirate the original game, but there is a legal way to do it with ripping the game and such.

I hope they don't find out about my hand drawn shot for shot remake of mother 3 (translated to English). Oh wait I'm not doing that.

The developers were monetising their fan games for ad revenue? That sounds like a lucrative racket.

https://gamejolt.com/f/how-to-make-money-on-game-jolt/14283 said:
most of us don't earn more than $1 or $2 a year

(looks up exchange rate)

Oh. Thank goodness someone finally stopped these hardened criminals.

Maybe next Nintendo can protect us all by busting some teenagers selling Mario-themed bead necklaces on Etsy or something.

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