Nintendo is notoriously strict when it comes to fan games, the likes of Pokémon Uranium and AM2R being taken down within days of their release. While this is a contentious issue, Reggie was recently asked about Nintendo’s position in an interview with Waypoint. Directly referring to AM2R, the interviewer asked whether Nintendo had any contact with the Metroid II remake’s creator. His response was certainly interesting, Reggie discussing how Nintendo sees such projects as commercial products without a charge. Do you agree with Nintendo’s strict protection of their franchises? Tell us below.
“We live in an age where people are increasingly blurring the line between fandom and actual creation—finding ways to work directly with fans. So my question is theirs, which is, why wasn’t there a chance there—or even, has there been a chance—to speak to that, to try to work with a fan creator like AM2R‘s Milton Guasti or other fan creators?
So, I think there needs to be clarity in what the line is, and, in our view, the line is when an initiative crosses from being an homage to something that is monetizing our IP. We allow homages to exist in a variety of different ways. And, for me personally, as a fan before I was an executive, I understand the attraction that you could have to our IP. But, when it transitions to something that… now, you’re trying to monetize, you’re trying to sell, you’re trying to profit off of, that is what broaches or breaks through that line for us, where we have to claim our IP protection.
How are you talking about monetization here, because with AM2R, that was a game that anyone could download for free, and again I think, for fans, there was this notion of, “go talk to that person,” or “go talk to other fan creators” and see if there’s a way to not kill that project, to investigate the ideas that happening there that are exciting, who knows.
But again, to differentiate this, we have had conversations with entities that started as fans and became more of a business partner. Those conversations happen all the time, but again, when something transitions to a commercial product, and that’s what [AM2R] was—there wasn’t a charge, but it was now a commercial product”.