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Nintendo requests takedown of scans for 1996 Super Mario 64 strategy guide from Internet Archive

Nintendo is extremely protective of their IPs so it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that they have sadly issued a takedown notice for a Japan only 1996 strategy guide for the sublime Nintendo 64 launch game, Super Mario 64. The guide, which is named the Super Mario 64 Complete Clear Guide Book, was notable for the fact that it contained various real-world Super Mario 64 level dioramas which were used to serve as 3D maps showing where players should go for specific Power Stars. The Super Mario 64 Complete Clear Guide Book has not been available for purchase for decades, which is just one of the reasons why fans aren’t happy with the takedown notice from Nintendo. The person who uploaded the scans to the Internet Archive (which contains no adverts), Comfort Food Video Games, said the following to Kotaku:

“Sadly archive.org sent me their usual takedown notice email telling me Nintendo of America challenged the copyright of the scan and it was removed. Frankly I’d love to challenge the legitimacy of that 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 fight the Nintendo legal team here. It’s incredibly disappointing. 

While I fully understand protecting one’s IP and copyrights I didn’t think I was hurting anyone by scanning and uploading a 27 year old guide that is extremely out of print. Truthfully I think it helps Nintendo while only hurting the people selling this guide for literal hundreds of dollars. All I wanted to do was spread my love of this incredible guide and to a larger extent my love for the company.

I’m a rookie to the video game preservation scene but I can’t think of anything more depressing than how it’s a bunch of hard working people spending their free time and money painstakingly archiving and preserving history while major corporations like Nintendo are doing nothing to help. In fact they’re actively hindering the cause.”

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33 thoughts on “Nintendo requests takedown of scans for 1996 Super Mario 64 strategy guide from Internet Archive”

    1. Slapped of “pro-crime” activists

      You mean someone defending themselves from a thief seem ludicrous to you? Where you live homey, I need a new tv and since you don’t believe in right to property. I think I’ll be taking it from your crime supporting arse.

      1. +Slapped of “pro-crime” activists
        Yeah because stealing a physical product that cannot be copied and pasted is totally the same as a magazine from the 90’s that you can’t even buy anymore.
        I know this is a hard lesson but try to think before you speak.

        1. YOU better think before you speak! Nintendo alone has the right to decide which of their properties they want to publish or not. Just because you can’t find or afford a copy doesn’t give you the right to make and distribute your own copies!!! I have done art in my past, although it’s just drawings I did in primary school. But does that give you the right to copy and distribute it online? Try me!

        2. YOU better think before you speak! Nintendo alone has the right to decide if and when to publish their properties. I have created art in my life as well, although only drawings I did in primary school. But does that give you the right to copy and upload my drawings because they’re not available elsewhere? TRY ME ASSHOLE!!!

          1. Capitalism is a cancerous ideology that is going to lead to the erasure of so many cultural artifacts like this. Funny how you’re buying right into it because “muh personal rights of a megacorp that controls a huge portion of an insanely massive industry”. Having scans of a strategy guide that can no longer be bought is archivist work and you’re arguing to erase it from history

                1. I hope you commit seppuku. Get out of this fucking country and go back to China! People like you are the reason why we need to put people like you to death

                  1. assuming that it will actually be “erased from history” … thats a little dramatic i think. however i would agree with you, if it werent for nintendos plans to publish their own strategy guide for a 26 year old game. as long as theyre re releasing old games for a new generation its gonna happen. and as long as theres as the older generation is more concerned with “backwards compatibility” then keeping older hardware in working condition, they are going to capitalize even more buy selling the same stuff back to you. But absolutely, that particular version, that particular presentation of work will only exist for those who know where to ask for it.

                    1. but hey, thats also assuming that nintendo actually has plans to make a new Mario 64 strategy guide. the point is we now all know that Comfort Food Video Games has the scans…its not like he was directed to actually destroy the data….its just not being posted… anybody who wants it im sure could have it emailed to them. there you go … the preservation continues even if its not on display

                      1. Couldn’t agree more. I hate these so called “fans” that always cry “Nintendo is bad” because Nintendo won’t let them pirate its properties. Someone releases an unofficial game remake and Nintendo takes it down: “Nintendo is bad”. Someone hosts ROMs on a website and Nintendo takes it down: “Nintendo is bad”. Someone releases full OST albums and Nintendo takes it down: “Nintendo is bad”. Someone uploads scans of Nintendo literature and Nintendo takes it down: “Nintendo is bad”. Someone offers hacking tools and instructions and Nintendo takes it down: “Nintendo is bad”.

                        1. +bootyranger
                          Ah! I see you are still coming at us with grossly generalized “rebuttals” and putting words in our mouths.
                          See this is why I can’t take anything you say seriously, your arguments are so bad that they speak for themselves.

                      2. Keep in featuring IP you know is protected MNN, and I’ll keep reporting your criminal behaviour to the news platforms and nintendo’s legal department.

                        See also: probably time for you lot to start finding new work.

                      3. This seems like a new low for Nintendo. Why on Earth does it matter if pages from a magazine are shown? It’s not like it’s a game ROM.

                      4. …Um, who is this hurting by archiving it for the future?

                        No, seriously, who is this hurting?

                        IT’S A JPEG, FROM A BOOKLET THAT ISN’T EVEN BEING MADE ANYMORE. Literally no one is losing anything from these being uploaded.

                        1. Yeah they’re working against the preservation of their own media. It’s pretty disgusting and telling. Soon 3DS and Wii U eshop games will be unobtainable and they’ll be going after people who host downloads for them online, effectively erasing those games from history as well just like they always do

                        2. But if they take it down, how will I ever know how to beat the game since Nintendo’s help service line is gone now?

                          1. This is a very silly and waste of time issue to even be concerned with for Nintendo.

                            That’s Nintendo though, too much of anything good and its a problem!

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