If you've been following our recent stories on Nintendo's battle against piracy, you'll likely be aware that the company recently filed a number of lawsuits against emulation sites, sparking the closure of a major player in the process. Continuing this, and sticking to its reputation of being unashamedly protective of its franchises and IP, Nintendo has now enforced the removal of a popular fan-made creation tool with which players could create their own Pokémon games.
The tool, called Pokémon Essentials, included full sprites, music, tilesets and more from the real games which could be used to create a whole new project (think Super Mario Maker, but with Pokémon instead). It was used to create the famous fan project Pokémon Uranium, which featured a complete fan-made region with online battling and trading available and amassed an impressive 1.5 million downloads at launch.
Of course, the fan-made Pokémon Uranium eventually disappeared a couple of years ago, with multiple takedown notices from Nintendo of America forcing its creators to shut it down for good. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that Nintendo would also target the tool behind such creations, although the strange delay between the two takedowns is slightly confusing.
The news comes from Marin, a member of the PokéCommunity forum. Marin mentions that a copyright claim from Nintendo of America has once again caused the takedown, although politely asks fans of the tool to refrain from getting angry at the company.
Today, the Pokémon Essentials wikia and all downloads for it have been taken down due to a copyright claim by Nintendo of America. We'd like to share a few important notes on this:
- Please don't freak out about the claim, and there's no reason to get angry with Nintendo or anyone else involved. It doesn't need to be a bigger deal than it should be.
- We will not allow Pokémon Essentials or any of its assets to be hosted or distributed on PokéCommunity. This includes derivatives such as Essentials GS or Essentials DS. We sincerely apologise that we have to do this, but there is no going around it. Mods such as the BW2 Mod which don’t feature itself Essentials, are still fine, though.
We're sure the debate on Nintendo's copyright claims will go on for eternity, with some believing that fan-made projects should be allowed to exist as long as they are non-profit type releases, and others believing that Nintendo has every right to protect its property in all situations.
Speaking of which, feel free to share your thoughts on this news in the comments below. Do you agree with Nintendo's legal actions, or would you prefer a slightly more lenient approach to be adopted?