Charles Caleb Colton once said “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but apparently Nintendo didn’t seem to think so as they have taken down a fan project. The project I’m referring to is from Erik Ross who recreated the first level of Super Mario 64 which he posted on his blog. The game was taken down due to copyright issues. In a statement he posted on his blog he stated that
“I currently do not have any plans to develop this any further, as this was created purely for demonstration purposes of the character controller and as a tribute to the original game. This project is provided as-is, and you are welcome to use it for any purposes you like, with the exception of selling it for profit, as Mario obviously belongs to Nintendo. All included code libraries’ previous licences still apply.”
I feel Nintendo should have embraced this an moved on, instead of taking this down. It seems like this is another example of Nintendo not wanting to share what it has with the community much like what they did with taking down content on YouTube. As much as I love them, Nintendo can be a bully when it comes to things of this nature its unfortunate to see them act this way because it taints their brand even if its just a bit.