Copyright is always a pesky problem when it comes to designing characters in the video games industry. Most recently a female Yoshi look-a-like was spotted in an indie game released for the iOS, but fortunately Nintendo worked outside of the courtroom. Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell hasn’t been so lucky. The company is being sued, alongside publishers Warner Bros., over copyright infringement from the use of internet memes Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat within their Scribblenauts series.
Keyboard Cat creator Charles Schmidt, who found success on YouTube, and Christopher Orlando Torres who developed the Nyan Cat animated gif are both suing on copyright grounds, and allegedly claim that their creations were used without license or authority. 5th Cell and Warner Bros. featured the animated versions of the two aforementioned cats which were included as Easter eggs in the 2009 Scribblenauts release, Super Scribblenauts in 2010, Scribblenauts Remix, and the most recent title Scribblenauts Unlimited.
“For the past three years, WB, along with game developer 5th, have knowingly and intentionally infringed plaintiffs’ copyrights and trademarks by using ‘Nyan Cat’ and Fatso’s image in WB’s top selling ‘Scribblenauts’ games. Including, most recently, ‘Scribblenauts Unlimited’, which WB released in 2011.”
- Complaint from the legal paperwork of Schmidt and Torres V Warner Bros and 5th Cell Media
Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are yet to make an official statement.
IGN has heard from multiple sources that the next Scribblenauts game will be a DC Superheroes title. The game is being developed by 5th Cell and was originally named Scribblenauts Unmasked, but this may change. IGN says that at one point, Unmasked starred series hero Max, and followed his adventures to aid various DC superheroes. But the publication says that the title, content, and main character may change before it is announced at this year’s E3 event in June. The game is being developed for PC, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. You can read more about this interesting game, right here.
From developer 5th Cell and publisher WB Games, Scribblenauts Collection is coming to the Nintendo DS. The collection costs $29.99 and includes two entire games from the Scribblenauts series – the original Scribblenauts and its refined sequel, Super Scribblenauts – in one package for Nintendo’s dual-screen handheld console. According to Amazon.com, the collection launches on February 26th in North America. Go here to pre-order Scribblenauts Collection from the online retailer. Below is a list of what is featured in the collection.
- Create Your Own Interactive Experience: Objects you write down in the game are only limited by your imagination.
- Unlimited Replay Value: Use less objects to increase your score, or experiment with different objects for endless replay value. Write anything, solve everything!
- Create and Share Levels Online: Share levels you create with the Level Editor via Nintendo DS Wi-Fi Connection.
- Explore Exciting Levels: Discover more than 340 in-depth levels that include task such as finding a cure for the plague, populating an office or identifying animals with shells.
- Creative Adjectives System: With Super Scribblenauts, create a shy green polar bear or an angry zombie pear with more than 10,000 adjectives that reflect real life behaviors, personalities and characteristics when applied to objects.
5th Cell Creative Director Jeremiah Slackza claims that the forthcoming Scribblenauts Unlimited is the ultimate version of Scribblenauts. Slackza says he’s “very happy” the game’s a Wii U launch title. Scribblenauts Unlimited is the first game in the franchise to feature multiplayer and releases for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PC; but only the Wii U version includes Nintendo characters.
“Scribblenauts is a game where you solve puzzles by creating anything you can think of simply by writing it and it will come to life in the game. You help the main character, Maxwell, collect Starites by successfully completing puzzles.”
“Game development timeframes means there’s always something left on the cutting room floor. Scribblenauts Unlimited is definitely the best version of Scribblenauts we’ve ever produced, but there are always new paths to explore.”
The original Scribblenauts was released in 2009 for Nintendo DS. An updated version of the game, Super Scribblenauts, released in 2010. Scribblenauts Unlimited was rumored to be a Wii U title, but has been confirmed during Nintendo’s E3 press conference. In this version, you can play cooperatively with a friend to solve puzzles. If you haven’t played a Scribblenauts game, you should at least give it a try – it is a fun and creative puzzle game. Scribblenauts Unlimited will release on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
The creator of Scribblenauts introduced Scribblenauts Unlimited For Wii U. Use the Wii U GamePad to write words and watch them come to life on the TV screen. For the first time in the Scribblenauts franchise, you can play cooperatively with a friend. The game will also be coming to the Nintendo 3DS.
Warner Bros. acquired a website that includes the name “Scribblenauts Unlimited.” The original Scribblenauts released for the Nintendo DS in 2009 and an upgraded version of the game, Super Scribblenauts, was released in 2010. Scribblenauts is a game where the player writes or types words by using the DS’ touch screen, so a sequel for the Wii U seems like a perfect fit.