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Popular Pokémon Fan Game Creation Tool disappears after Nintendo Cracks Down



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Pokémon Essentials, a robust resource for making Pokémon fan game has been removed from the internet after a Nintendo thank you note. Losing this resource is a hard setback for those who want to be makers of the Pokémon fan game.

Essentials takes the form of a file that works with your PC-built-your-own-RPG game RPG Maker XP . But instead of being a very own game, it's an activity pack filled with Pokémon -related sprites, music and more – the raw materials you need to start making your own game. An associated wiki, hosted by Fandom, was also taken down. Last year, Voluntary Twitch, the creative director of the popular fan game Pokémon Uranium Kotaku said that without Pokemon Essentials it would have been impossible to make uranium or other fan games.

"[It allows] even someone with little or no programming knowledge whatsoever (like me) to do a fully functioning game," said Voluntary Twitch. "And in the hands of someone who knows how to use it well … it becomes a powerful tool that can create something absolutely exceptional."

Today is the powerful tool offline. Speaking with Kotaku under the condition of anonymity, one of the creators of the project confirmed that the files were deleted for a copyright infringement filed by Nintendo. Nintendo did not refund a request for comments in time for publication, and The Pokémon Company International refused to comment.

There is little evidence that Nintendo wants to crack down on fan-cartoon graphics or covers on game music or other such activities, but it seems like drawing a hard and fast line on fan-made games ]. Last year, Pokémon Uran also received a takedown notice that caused developers to remove the download link for the game and then cease to develop it completely. Nintendo also famously fails Another Metroid 2 Remake in 2016. Nintendo's relationship with decision makers of fan games has long been contradictory and the gratitude of Pokémon Essentials pushes the developers of such games into a state of limbo. [19659009]
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