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Old 08-30-2018, 01:10 AM   #1
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Nintendo Shuts Down Pokemon Fan Game Creation Tool

I didn't know it exists, but I am sure you can still find it somewhere on the net.

Nintendo Shuts Down Pokemon Fan Game Creation Tool

It just got a lot harder for Pokemon fans to build their own games.

Nintendo has forced 11-year-old fan game creation tool Pokemon Essentials to be taken down by filing a copyright claim.

"Please don't freak out about the claim, and there's no reason to get angry with Nintendo or anyone else involved," wrote an administrator of PokeCommunity, where Pokemon Essentials had been hosted and distributed. "It doesn't need to be a bigger deal than it should be.

"We will not allow Pokemon Essentials or any of its assets to be hosted or distributed on PokeCommunity. This includes derivatives such as Essentials GS or Essentials DS. We sincerely apologize that we have to do this, but there is no going around it."

Twitter user Maruno claims to be "the guy in charge" of Pokemon Essentials. And although Maruno's tweets are private, The Verge reports that he confirmed Nintendo's copyright claim.

“The Pokemon Essentials Wiki, and all the downloads for Pokemon Essentials, have been deleted due to a copyright infringement claim by lawyers representing Nintendo of America,” tweeted Maruno.

The Verge reports that it would not have been possible for many of the most popular Pokemon fan games to be created without the Pokemon Essentials Wiki. Fandom, the company which hosted the wiki, also confirmed to The Verge that Nintendo took action against it.

“Fandom received a DMCA notice on behalf of Nintendo notifying us of content that was in violation of its copyright holdings,” a representative said. “After carefully assessing the violations in regards to the Pokemon Essentials Wiki, we came to a decision to take it down.”

Several fan game developers spoke with The Verge but asked not to be named out of fear Nintendo might take legal action against them. One developer believes the tool will inevitably find another home on the internet since many users have it stored locally and could upload it to various file-sharing sites. Still, the developer sees Nintendo's actions as a major blow against fan-made Pokemon games.

“The wiki was crucial for Essentials,” the developer said. “It will likely live on in some shape or form, but many of the more organized entities are definitely going to shy away from... building out new things for the kit.”

Fan reaction on both Reddit and Resetera has generally been negative toward Nintendo, which has not commented on the takedown. While some fans seem to be OK with Nintendo doing what it wants with its properties, many others posted expletive-riddled responses aimed at the publisher. One fan lamented how Nintendo isn't friendlier toward fan projects the way companies like Sega are, while another blamed the change in Nintendo leadership that resulted after the late Satoru Iwata's passing.
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Old 09-15-2018, 01:56 PM   #2
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Sega does what Nintendon't? Sega makes money with their fans. Nintendo closes them down.
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