With only a few days after making the Pokemon Uranium download available for the PC, Nintendo has ordered the developers to take their fan-made game off the internet. This mandate came in the form of letters from lawyers representing Nintendo of America.
The Uranium Team, headed by Joao and Voluntary Twitch, took 9 years to actually develop the game. They did this for the love of everything Pokemon. Unfortunately for them, Nintendo does not seem to care whether the game was made in a day or not. This should not come as a surprise at all since Nintendo has been known to be unfriendly towards fan-made versions of their games.
Another fan-made game, Metroid II Remake, has suffered the same fate as Pokemon Uranium. According to the statement released by Nintendo to Polygon, the fan-made Metroid 2 violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. They also added:
?Nintendo’s broad library of characters, products, and brands are enjoyed by people around the world, and we appreciate the passion of our fans. But just as Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of others, we must also protect our own characters, trademarks and other content. The unapproved use of Nintendo’s intellectual property can weaken our ability to protect and preserve it, or to possibly use it for new projects.?
It is such a pity because Pokemon Uranium looks really promising. In fact, in the first few days of it being online, the game has achieved 1.5 million downloads.
On the game?s official Twitter page, the developers released an official statement saying:
?We will no longer provide official download links for the game from our website.?
From the same statement, the developers also warned gamers about untrustworthy links, saying:
?We have no connection to fans who re-upload the game files to their own hosts and we cannot verify that these download links are all legitimate. We advice you to be extremely cautious about downloading the game from unofficial sources.?
What Nintendo did to protect their projects is just a standard procedure. Of course, for them, they would want to keep the integrity of their characters and products. Although, who is to say that this ban from Nintendo will stop fans from expressing their love for their games? For sure, there will be more fan-made games out there like Pokemon Uranium.
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