Contributed by: Jeff Rivett (site admin) Saturday, November 09 2013 @ 07:21 AM -08
A fan of the original Super Mario Brothers game lovingly recreated the entire game in a web-based format[*1] . As the owner of the copyright on the Super Mario games, Nintendo chose not to welcome and and embrace this project, and instead threatened its creator with legal action[*2] . And so the site, Full Screen Mario[*3] , is now offline.
Unfortunately, it seems that Nintendo is one of those companies that can't see past even the very remote possibility of something eating into their profits. They also have a hair trigger for legal solutions, releasing their lawyers at the slightest provocation, when there are always better - and less hostile - solutions. The upshot of all this is only that Nintendo has damaged its own image in the eyes of fans. Way to go, Nintendo!