Nintendo moves to shut down Pokemon fan game creator
Another one bites the dust
Nintendo served a takedown notice to popular Pokemon fan game creator Pokemon Essentials. The tool has been used to make many Pokemon spin-off games, some of which have also been banned by Nintendo, over the past few years.
The tool, which is hosted on the PokeCommunity message boards, as well its related Wikia, will no longer be available online.
“Today, the Pokémon Essentials wikia and all downloads for it have been taken down due to a copyright claim by Nintendo of America,” said PokeCommunity admin Marin, “Please don't freak out about the claim, and there's no reason to get angry with Nintendo or anyone else involved. It doesn't need to be a bigger deal than it should be. We will not allow Pokémon Essentials or any of its assets to be hosted or distributed on PokéCommunity.”
Pokemon Essentials allowed fans to create their own Pokemon games using assets including sprites and music. Nintendo has always been known to be very protective of their properties, so this doesn’t come as a huge surprise. However, many are quite disappointed to see the end of some of their favorite fan projects.
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