Is Nintendo Trying to Take Down ‘Adult’ Fan Art?

As anyone who’s used the internet for a while knows, rule 34 always holds true. If something exists, there’s porn based on it. No exceptions.

And as anyone who’s a gamer might know, this also applies to any Nintendo series you can think of. Fan art on sites like Tumblr and DeviantArt featuring Mario and Zelda characters is endemic online, and just about any character you can imagine seemingly gets it.

But it seems like Nintendo might not be so happy with all that! Indeed, if people on Twitter and Tumblr are to be believed, they’re filing DMCA notices against ‘adult’ Princess Peach fan art online!

Here are some images showing what appears to be Tumblr artists get takedown notices relating to their artwork:

Basically, Nintendo are saying that the images are ‘harmful’ to their brand and might confuse people into thinking they’re sponsored by Nintendo. Which as anyone knows, is pretty ridiculous. No one in their right mind would confuse a piece of adult fan art with an official Mario picture.

But it is kind of worrying non the less. Why? Because up until now, Nintendo has been fairly hands off with the fan work community. Okay, they’ve taken down the odd film that’s charged for tickets or game that’s remade an official work. But they’ve mostly ignored fan art and fiction, and never bothered people for ‘offensive’ fan works.

If this take down is real however, it proves that Nintendo is indeed worried about ‘adult’ works based on their franchises. And this is where it gets scary.

You see, it’s not just fan art that has ‘adult’ themes. Fan fiction and fan games have them too. Like Panic in the Mushroom Kingdom 1 and 2 actually having in game hentai unlockable by beating the secret world, and castles where you swim through the blood of murdered Toads and Pikachus.

Above: I wish I was making this up

Are they going to try and take down games like that too?

How about games with ultra violent content and gimmicks, like Super Mario World Dark Horizon? Or the mods that let you go Grand Theft Auto on the citizens of Hyrule in Ocarina of Time? Neither have sexual content, but both can be heavily disturbing. What’s to stop Nintendo getting angry about that type of stuff too?

Of course, it could all be fake. People have used Nintendo lawyer names to send fake notices like file sharing sites and stuff before. Just ask Jason Allen and his fan game takedowns!

But it could also be real, and if so, represent a worrying sign that Nintendo might be cracking down on ‘offensive’ or ‘adult’ fan works using Mario characters.
What do you think about them taking down Mario related ‘porn’ content?