Saturday, May 28

Someone created a video game in which you dedicated yourself to killing Pokémon. Now Nintendo has managed to knock it down

A few days ago, a clip of @dragon_gamedev2. In it, the independent developer showed the game progress in which, basically, the player, shotgun and assault rifle in hand, he was dedicated to hunting and killing Pokémon.

From killing a Pikachu with a shotgun to shooting a Zapdos with what looked like an M4, the gameplay clip was no slouch. Now, to no one’s surprise, gameplay videos have disappeared from Twitter and YouTube. The reason? A copyright claim.

With Nintendo (and its properties) you don’t play

Although the developer has not published any information about it, we can see in his tweets the following message: “This multimedia content was disabled in response to a complaint from the copyright holder.” In the case of youtube video in which the developer explained how he did it, the message reads that “this video is no longer available due to a copyright claim filed by The Pokémon Company International, Inc. (TPCi)”.

According explained the developer on Reddit, “No code was reused, but I did use a lot of resources and got the ‘Pokémon Sun’ and ‘Moon’ models and animations. The project was the first in a series where the developer was going to create random projects in 30 days, so no It seems that it was going to be something commercial and that, therefore, it could be argued that it was a “fair use” or reasonable use of intellectual property.

However, that this has happened should not surprise anyone. Nintendo takes its intellectual property very seriously. and acts with an iron hand in the face of possible violations. There are many examples, like when Nintendo forced to withdraw a remake of ‘Super Mario 64’ in HD back in 2015, when forced to withdraw the 3D version of the NES ‘The Legend of Zelda’ in 2016 or when canceled the 2D remake of ‘Metroid Prime’ developed by a fan in August 2021.

To this we must add that Nintendo tends to avoid blood, violence, and gore in their video games. The clearest example is ‘Splatoon’, a shooter, yes, but in a familiar key in which paint is fired. It has also been fierce against ROM and emulator websites, a way of accessing old games that has never had the approval of the company.