Nintendo Axes Another Pokemon Fan Project

Nintendo Axes Another Pokemon Fan Project

Pokemon Essentials gets buried in Lavender Town.

Pokémon Essentials, a free game-making tool that let amateur developers create their own Pokémon adventures, was shut down earlier this week following a copyright notice from Nintendo.

The news about the shutdown spread quickly on the PokéCommunity forums, where one of the staffers behind the project, "Marin," noted the Pokémon Essentials wiki and all related downloads are gone. Marin also requested that people not freak out in Nintendo's direction.

Pokemon Essentials was used to make Pokemon Uranium, which Nintendo also canned.

Pokémon Essentials, which was available for 11 years before Nintendo took the axe to it, gave users access to tilesets, maps, music, and sprites from the official Pokémon games. The popular 2016 fan game Pokémon Uranium was made with the aid of Pokémon Essentials. Nintendo sent Pokémon Uranium's creators a cease and desist notice in 2016, prompting the team to scrub its own website and servers. Fans of Uranium continue to make and distribute patches and bug fixes for the title.

Nintendo's always been very protective of its copyrights, but its hounds are out in full force recently. Several popular ROM sites were forced to close down earlier this summer after Nintendo handed out lawsuits.

The fervor with which Nintendo is going after ROM sites, fan projects, and now tools like Pokémon Essentials is stirring up heated debate and opinions in the industry. I'm personally a little worried about the crackdown hobbling our access to games we'd never be able to play otherwise.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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