Nintendo continues to aggressively protect their franchises by issuing a copyright strike to well-known Super Mario 64 ROM hacker, Kaze Emanuar.
According to a story posted on Kotaku, just days after Kaze completed and released his Super Mario 64 multiplayer hack, Nintendo issued copyright strikes across a variety of accounts connected to Kaze, including YouTube and Patreon. The download link to Super Mario 64 Online was removed, as well as any videos on YouTube showing the ROM hack in action. Kaze has developed Super Mario 64 ROM hacks for a number of years.
Speaking with Jason Shreier at Kotaku, he stated, “They took down my videos for containing their ‘audiovisual content,’ meaning Mario 64 gameplay and Mario 64 music… They even took down videos without Mario 64 music too… The exact same goes for my Patreon. They didn’t personally message me, I only received a ton of emails that things had been removed from YouTube/Patreon (on Tuesday) morning. They seem to have targeted the ‘Super Mario 64 Online’ videos especially, as every single one of them has disappeared from my channel.”
Since the content was removed Kaze has yet to receive a formal cease-and-desist letter from Nintendo. Throughout most communities, Nintendo is notorious for being aggressive against fan projects and mods to their games. This has included some Zelda fan projects, such as the Zelda: Breath of the NES retro fan project and the Super Mario Maker-inspired Zelda Maker.
Since the news was published online, Nintendo has not yet responded to requests for comment.