A Nintendo DMCA copyright infringement complaint has led to the inevitable takedown of a fan-made Super Mario 64 project created with Unity.
Nintendo of America issued the DMCA complaint against CloudFlare Inc., who was hosting a browser-based version of the game on their website. CloudFlare promptly obliged the takedown request; their website now only displays the complaint they received from Nintendo of America’s attorney Alicia Bell.
The Nintendo DMCA complaint claimed that the so-called Super Mario 64 HD game infringed upon United States Copyright Registration Number PA0000788138, which protects the graphics, characters, program, music and audio from the 1996 Nintendo 64 game Super Mario 64.
At this time, the remake is still available to download for Windows, Mac and Linux systems through the creator’s blog. However, given Nintendo’s swift response to the popular fan game, it may only be a matter of days or hours before the download files are removed as well.
Super Mario 64 HD was developed by Erik Ross, a computer science major and former Microsoft Games Studio employee. Ross used the popular Unity integrated development environment to craft every element of his Mario game. Only the Bob-omb Battlefield level was included in Ross’s version, however. The game allowed players to customize their controls and play with either a keyboard, a joystick or any gamepad controller.
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Although the Nintendo DMCA complaint has blocked the Super Mario 64 HD Unity remake, you can still check out all the high-definition cannons, Goombas and coins in the video below.
Nintendo and their partners have been rather audacious lately regarding high-profile copyright infringement cases.
The Pokémon Company blocked an artist’s sales of a generic dinosaur planter last year that they claimed resembled Bulbasaur just a little too much. The Nintendo Creators Program, on the other hand, permits YouTube channels to feature elements from Nintendo’s IPs in their videos and still receive advertising revenue.
Earlier this month, Ninja Pig Studios’ Meme Run was removed from the Wii U eShop after the owner of the Trollface meme artwork issued a DMCA takedown request to Nintendo.