Nintendo Orders Fan-Made Mario Out of Dreams

Nintendo Orders Fan-Made Mario Out of Dreams

That's "Dreams" the game. When night falls, you're allowed to dream about Mario all you want.

Dreams is a creative platform by Media Molecule, the team responsible for the Little Big Planet games. Dreams allows its users to make game assets by scratch, which they can then upload for other players' use. Unsurprisingly, Dreams' userbase likes making models and games based around established properties. Also unsurprisingly, Nintendo's not wild about Mario showing up in Dreams.

On Friday, Dreams user "Piece of Craft" was issued a removal notice stating his "Rigged Mario for Twitch Stream" model was pulled because of copyright infringement. In a follow-up tweet, Piece of Craft says the Legal and Business Affairs Division of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe sent the notice at the behest of Nintendo.

Nintendo's always been fiercely protective of its intellectual property, and it's especially draconic about Mario's image. Many of the Mario models being created in Dreams are spot-on, including Piece of Craft's. It's understandable why Nintendo doesn't want a bunch of fan-made Marios running around on the PlayStation 4, especially since it's highly unlikely Dreams will ever hop onto the Nintendo Switch. The question is, does Nintendo intend to hunt down and kill every illegitimate plumber skulking around Dreams? Will it continue to tag-team with Sony to make sure it'll happen? Or is this a contained event that Nintendo hopes will make Dreams' creators think twice about giving birth to their own iteration of Mario?

Either way, Dreams is already copyright violation hell, and that's admittedly part of its appeal. People use the platform to remake old games and breathe new life into them, like Simpsons' Hit and Run and Crash Bandicoot. These re-creations are a great way for less experienced developers to get a handle on their art, even if Nintendo seemingly disagrees.

Curious about Dreams yourself? Check out our Dreams review, and take a look at five Dreams creations you should try out for yourself.

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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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