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InquisitivCoder commented on Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source ...:

@CaviarMeths You can develop an open source implementation of the Super Mario Bros engine but the game assets are still Nintendo's IP. For example, id Software released the source code to Doom in 1997 as a Christmas gift to the world. Thanks to that, Doom's engine has been ported to other platforms like Linux. However, it's still illegal to distribute the game's assets - you need to purchase a copy of Doom to get a hold of the art, music, and levels. Anyone's free to build their own game around the Doom engine, but you can't give Doom itself away.