Yes, it’s happened. Just days after a fan made a Mario parody of No Man’s Sky, Nintendo has already sent a DMCA notice about it. As a result of this, It’s now been replaced by a new title jokingly called ‘DMCAs Sky’!
Above: No Mario’s Sky vs DMCA’s Sky
Here’s the interesting thing though.
This isn’t your usual shut down Nintendo fan game.
Because you see, in the past, they’ve tended to go after games that obviously compete with the company in some way. Super Mario Bros X got toasted for using SuperMarioBrothers.org as its domain. The browser ports of Super Mario Bros 1 and Zelda 1 were offering Nintendo games for free. And titles like AM2R and Mario 64 HD were better versions of titles the company was selling at the time. Heck, even Pokemon Uranium could be seen as competition to Sun and Moon!
But that’s not the case here. No Mario’s Sky was merely an indie game jam title parodying the recent hit game ‘No Man’s Sky’. Which if you don’t know, isn’t even on Nintendo systems in the first place.
And with its custom graphics, changed music, fairly unique gameplay and different setup, it’s the kind of game Nintendo would previously leave alone. Heck, the ‘parody’ element in itself would usually make them less likely to risk trying to shut it down.
Now, admittedly, this could be a troll. Remember, there were a few cases were fakers tried to shut down fan works Nintendo had no real interest in.
And the name on the notice (Brian Sniffen) is one I recall being used before in such a case.
But it seems legitimate to me, and it’s worrying either way. Let’s hope this is one of the last fan projects Nintendo tries to wipe off the face of the internet.
Unfortunately though, it seems like someone at Nintendo disagrees. So now his main blog got a DMCA notice, and he’s officially stopped working on the game as a result. It’s not hugely unexpected (in fact, a lot of people kind of thought this would have happened before the file hosting takedowns), but it’s still disappointing that such a great game is now basically dead.
So yeah, AM2R is now toast. There will be no more updates, and no more releases for any platform.
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
Super Mario Fatal Error
Sonic vs Mario
Zelda 2 Thanksgiving Edition
Bowser Gets Clever
Normal Super Mario Bros
One Night at Mario’s
Five Nights at Mario’s
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.
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?
But while they’re bad for most people in general, the rules are worst for one specific group above all others. Namely, gamers and gaming fans in general.
Why is this?
Because by definition, they make it a risk to post gaming content on YouTube.
This is because every one of these points is dangerous for gaming videos. For example, take the point about ‘sexually suggestive’ content. The one about ‘partial nudity’ and ‘sexual humour’. What can that easily describe?
Oh wait, a lot of video games. Dead or Alive is the obvious one, and the VR demo footage makes this even more apparent. As is the entire Leisure Suit Larry series, or any other gaming franchises that focus around adult humour and a character spending the entire game trying to get laid. And that’s just the start of it. What about games like GTA, where some games are shown in a sexual way in some situations (like say, the strip clubs)? How about a typical racing game where attractive women are shown next to the cars at the start or end of the race? The list just goes on and on.
As far as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire go, they are generally great remake of the gen 3 Pokemon titles. From their astounding 3D visuals to the remixed music and nice extras like the Delta Chapter, they improve on the originals in pretty much every way possible.
Well, except one thing. Difficulty.
Cause like Pokemon X and Y, these remakes are not particularly challenging to long time fans. They’re still fun, but they’re pretty much a cake walk with things like the new EXP Share set up and what not.
Thankfully though, help is at hand. Why? Because Pokemon Rutile Ruby and Star Sapphire take these titles and greatly increase the difficulty level for expert gamers.
For starters, all gym leaders now have a full party of six Pokemon. So if you think first leader Roxanne will still go easy on you with just two Pokemon… think again. Now you’ll have to cope with her full team, likely similar to the one used in the World Tournament in the last generation.
And to add even more fuel to the fire, Mega Evolutions have become more common too. Now, random trainers throughout the world will have them, as part of their redone team line ups. And from Wattson onwards, this includes every gym leader and elite four member in the game.
Levels have been increased too. For example, now the average level for Wattson’s team (gym 4) is level 41. For comparison, that’s about as high as Wallace and Juan’s teams were in the original gen 3 games.
There are other neat changes too. For one thing, all Pokemon that evolve via trading now evolve via being levelled up while specific items as well.
So you can now get a Gengar by levelling up a Haunter to level 36 while at night. Or have Scyther evolve into Scizor by having it level up while holding a Metal Coat.
Add various distribution changes (rare Pokemon are common, while common ones are rare), better held items (many Pokemon hold their mega stones in the wild) and other minor changes, and it’s a pretty impressive ROM hack for such a recent set of games.
Either way, you can find more information about it here in its GBAtemp topic: