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Super Mario 64 guide scans are hit with a takedown notice

Remember those insanely charming scans from the Super Mario 64 guide full of intricate 3D models of every level I wrote about last week? Well, unfortunately the powers that be at Nintendo decided to flex their muscles once again and released the scan uploader (Dave Shevlin from Comfort Food Video Games) with a takedown notice.

In a statement to Kotaku, Shevlin said:

“Unfortunately, archive.org sent me their usual take down notification email informing me that Nintendo of America had disputed the copyright of the scan and it had been removed.

“Frankly, I’d like to dispute the legitimacy of this and how Nintendo of America would have anything to do with a Nintendo of Japan licensed Gem Books guide from 1995, but I can’t really argue with Nintendo’s legal team here. C is incredibly disappointing.

“While I fully understand intellectual property and copyright protection, I didn’t think it would hurt anyone’s feelings by scanning and downloading a 27 year old guide that is extremely out of print. Honestly, I think this help nintendo while hurting people sell this guide for hundreds of dollars all i wanted to do was spread my love for this amazing guide and to a greater extent my love for the company.

“I’m a rookie on the video game preservation scene, but I can think of nothing more depressing than how a group of hard-working people spend their free time and money painstakingly archiving and preserving history. while big companies like Nintendo do nothing to help, in fact, they actively hinder the cause.

It’s extremely disappointing, but alas it’s what we expect from Nintendo. After all, the company has earned a solid reputation for its strict copyright policy over the years.

Other projects that must have succumbed to Nintendo’s whims include Pokémon Essentials, a kit allowing users to design their own Pokémon adventures, and Super Mario 64 HD, a free-to-play fan project that remastered the first level of the N64 game.

More recently, Nintendo has attacked YouTube channels broadcasting the soundtracks of its games.

Then, earlier this month, videos demonstrating emulation of Nintendo consoles on Valve’s Steam Deck began mysteriously disappearing from YouTube.