It’s a real bad time to be a Nintendo fan.
Nintendo has issued 2 takedown notices within the past day, one for a fan made Metroid 2 Remake that was released in celebration of the series 30th anniversary and another to the Internet Archive; which had over 100 issues of Nintendo’s cancelled magazine, Nintendo Power.
AM2R or Another Metroid 2 Remake, was released on Aug 6th in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Metroid series. The game was released as a free to play game for PC giving fans a new way of playing the game and introduce people to the 25-year-old classic Gameboy title. Originally available to be downloaded from MediaFire, the link from the game’s page now cites a copyright claim from Nintendo of America. A letter from Nintendo’s Legal council “Miller, Nash, Graham and Dunn LLP” cited infringements of Nintendo’s copyrighted material from games like Super Metroid, Metroid: Other M and Metroid Prime, alongside Metroid 2, stating that the project is in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Nintendo also had a hand in a removal on the Internet Archive where Archivist Jason Scott uploaded 145 issues of Nintendo’s long running Nintendo Power Magazine, dating back to 1988, and was available at no cost. The Archive was uploaded back in February but was recently made a splash with the Nintendo Community, gaining more popularity and the ever watching eye of
While no notice given about what had happened exactly for the Internet Archive, Nintendo’s statement when question on the matter of this and the Metroid Remake where the same.
“Nintendo’s broad library of characters, products, and brands are enjoyed by people around the world, and we appreciate the passion of our fans, but just as Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of others, we must also protect our own characters, trademarks and other content. The unapproved use of Nintendo’s intellectual property can weaken our ability to protect and preserve it, or to possibly use it for new projects.”
A new multiplayer Metroid based game, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, is set to launch on the 3DS later this month.