Nintendo Takes Down 500 Fan Games on GameJolt
When it comes to Nintendo fan games and takedowns, it’s not been a good year. Pokemon Uranium had its official links removed. Another Metroid 2 Remake was removed from various sites by DMCA notices. And heck, with a copyright faker going around as well, it seems like fan games and mods are coming under fire from all angles.
And now, things have just gotten worse for anyone looking for Nintendo fan games. Why? Because Nintendo has sent a DMCA notice to GameJolt ordering them to remove 500 fan games from the site. These include:
- The Legend of Zelda Shattered Worlds
- Mario Editor
- Super Mario Fatal Error
- Flappy Mario
- Mario 4
- Sonic vs Mario
- Zelda 2 Thanksgiving Edition
- Bowser Gets Clever
- Normal Super Mario Bros
- Mario Challenge
- Mario Test
- One Night at Mario’s
- Pokemon Blackhour
- Bill Mario
- Five Nights at Mario’s
- Luigikid’s Quest
- Mario Fun Time
- Pokemon All Stars League
And many, many more. You can read the DMCA notice sent on Game Jolt’s GitHub account here:
So why was it taken down? Well, the notice hints part of it was the monetisation. The ad banners displayed next to the fan games and pictures of Mario characters are pointed out in the letter, and seem to be a part of why they were removed. This wouldn’t be surprising given how GameJolt has a program where creators can get 30% of the ad revenue for their work.
Either way, it’s worrying. What’s more, it’s having a rather unfortunate effect on some of the other fan game scenes out there. For example, the Nintendo Community Fan Game Convention is now implementing a policy to hopefully lessen the chances of any DMCA takedowns, and a few other Mario fan game development teams are making sure there are no ads on any of their pages.
So yeah, it’s a pretty big takedown, and it’s one that’s kind of worrying much of the community as well. Hopefully this sort of stuff won’t get too common with Nintendo fan games in future, and that this is a bit more of a one off.
What do you think about these fan games been taken won?