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Even a Super Mario 64 strategy guide scan can't escape Nintendo's legal team

Even a Super Mario 64 strategy guide scan can’t escape Nintendo’s legal team

Even a Super Mario 64 strategy guide scan can’t escape Nintendo’s legal team

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A Super Mario 64 guide – unique in that it uses a real-world diorama to replicate each 3D level – was recently scanned and uploaded online for free. Nintendo noticed this and posted uploader Dave Shevlin comfort food video gameswith a takedown notice.

“Sadly, archive.org sent me their usual takedown notification email, telling me that Nintendo of America challenged the copyright of the scan and that it was taken down,” Shevlin said in a statement to Kotaku. “Frankly, I’d love to challenge its legality and what Nintendo of America has to do with the 1995 Nintendo Japan-licensed Gem Books guide, but I can’t contend with Nintendo’s legal team here. It’s incredibly disappointing .”

Shevlin added that he understands Nintendo’s need to protect its intellectual property, but he doesn’t think he did any harm to Nintendo by scanning and uploading a 27-year-old’s guide. “All I wanted to do was spread my love for this incredible guide and, to a greater extent, my love for the company,” Shevlin said.

Originally released in 1996, the Super Mario 64 Complete Clear Guide Book has never been released in Western markets and has been out of print for decades, but can often be found online at great prices.

Nintendo is notorious for strictly enforcing its copyright policies. More recently, the company has targeted YouTube channels that stream soundtracks from its games and videos of Steam decks used to run simulated Nintendo software. In the past, Nintendo has also issued cease and desist notices to fan projects using its IP and even tournaments themed around its games.

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