Nintendo is at it again, taking down yet another fan-made project of its beloved franchises. The target this time is Pokémon Prism, created by Adam Vierra. Last we saw of this game, was a trailer released back in October. Alas, it too has been taken down. Despite Pokémon Prism being a ROM hack, rather than an “original” game based on the franchise, Nintendo doesn’t seem to care for distinction. For those that don’t know (and as far as I understand it) Pokémon Prism was meant to be like an emulated game and playable on modern machines. If I’m wrong, please let me know in the comments!
On the game’s website, you can find the full PDF file of the message Nintendo sent to Vierra. On it, you’ll see that it refers to Australian law. This made me wonder if the message was at all authentic, but Vierra has said this is because the website’s host is located in Australia. Venting a bit on Twitter, Vierra said that “I’m also responsible for this situation. The trailer shouldn’t have been made & I shouldn’t have been such a perfectionist and finish it sooner. I’ll be doing more research into this situation and keep you guys updated.”
So perhaps he too is concerned for the legitimacy of the letter and at least it’s clear he hasn’t abandoned the project altogether.
What’s your opinion on Nintendo shutting down fan-projects? Is the company wrong to or completely within its right to protect its IP? Let us know in the comments below!
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