Nintendo shuts down decade old fan game creation tool Pokemon Essentials

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    If Pokemon Uranium was anything to go by, Nintendo hasn't had the best past in regards to fan games using its intellectual properties. In a jarring but not so surprising turn, the company has sent a takedown notice to a Pokemon fan game maker tool, Pokemon Essentials. This tool, an add-on script to RPG Maker, originally released in 2007, was particularly popular in the community of fan game creators, as it allowed users to easily create area maps thanks to its included graphical assets, which offered tilesets, music, sprites, and more. These very same included assets are reportedly why Nintendo issued the notice, as it has copyrighted graphical assets within the program. Nintendo went so far as to also delete Pokemon Essential's wiki, taking out the largest repository of guides and information on how to use the program. Maruno, the developer of Essentials was given a DMCA notice, issued from Nintendo's legal team, to which he obeyed, and took down all things regarding the tool. Essentials is no longer allowed to be distributed on many sites, though many know the dark recesses of the internet to be an immortal repository, especially when it comes to such cases like these.

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  1. Closet Nerd

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    man i remember trying to make rom hacks it was fun why ninty got to ruin our fun
     
  3. Chary
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    Nintendo shows no mercy.
     
  4. Bimmel

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    These monsters. Let the people play and create, Nintendo.. this is your damn purpose for being in this world. Is everything where you can't earn money evil?
     
  5. Wuigi

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    Couldn't they extract the assets of a known original backup at startup to circumvent this?
    Then they wouldn't host those assets themselves.
    Only some checksums and offsets were needed then.
     
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    Man can they fuck off with this fucking shit already? I've never seen a company be so fucking ridiculous about their IP. They are spending more money hunting these innocent fans down than...whatever smoked up scenario they have in their brain that It'd lose them money..fucking hell
     
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    On the flip side SEGA encourage fans to use their IPs in passion projects and actively recruit talented developers.

    Genesis does what Nintendon't.
     
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    Especially ironic that this is occurring during SAGE 2018. This really only puts Nintendo in a bad light, regardless of how you look at it.
     
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    You cross the Bigtendo and you will be swimming with the fishes. Count your blessings b/c you dodged a bullet.
     
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    I was really worried for a second thinking that was AdvanceMap.
    Still sucks to see a tool like that be taken down though.
     
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    Doesn't really make a difference, I'm just curious. Is it the Pokemon company or actually Nintendo themselves?
     
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    I can sit here and try to say "is becouse the assents that the progam use are the one made by game freak so they have all the rights" but...yeah this is bullshit. And nobody, becouse i know there is gonna be a certain person in the community that would try to do this for easy money, try to say "oh is becouse they are gonna make a pokemon game creator in the same light of mario maker" that is bullshit.
    Sure they have done this with Pixelmon and after take down that we got...Pokemon Quest that is "intresting" (boring) game.
     
  13. ken28

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    well thats what they had comming to be honest. Game rips where delted ages ago from rpg maker resource pages due several dmcas from companies like square yet they though they could get away with using nintendo assets.
     
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  14. Lycanroc

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    They're just being assholes at this point
     
  15. CaptainSodaPop

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    Hilarious (that they care so much about stuff like this).
     
  16. ken28

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    isnt that thanks to american copryright laws as in if they dont defend it they lose it?
     
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    did anyone mirrored all that shit?
    i am interested of having a local copy, including the wiki site...
     
  18. Marco_Buns

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    Nintendo is going hard this year
     
  19. ken28

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    i really like how people seems to think its only nintendo... if anything the peopel behind pokemon essentials should have known better.
    Years ago square among others filed dmca against several back then popular games for using game rips. The stance since then in the rpg makercommunity was that you should stay aways from game rips and use user made tilesets/chars/music/etc. Most devs did so... all but the pokemon essential users (some did user self made fakemons and graphics aswell as music but those are rare) and creators. So all in all it was bound to happen and they should have known it anyways (its nintendo, and it happened before in the scene)
     
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