Nintendo Removing TAS And ROM Hack Videos From Nico Video

It has been well-known for a while that Nintendo is beginning to exercise greater control over its properties through online video services. One of the most polarizing talking points so far is the Nintendo Partnership Program, of which allows only very specific kinds of content to be approved by Nintendo for ad revenue. However, it looks as if Nintendo is going out of their way to remove any content that doesn’t comply with their model.

In an extreme form of censorship, Nintendo has been found (via Neogaf) to have removed a host of videos from Japanese site Nico Video. These include TAS (tool-assist speed runs) and those based on fan-made ROM hacks.

Among the videos removed included those based on the following games:

  • Mario Kart Advance (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
  • Legend of Zelda : Majora’s Mask
  • Made In Wario (WarioWare, Inc.)
  • Dr. Mario
  • Super Smash Brothers Melee
  • Kirby Deluxe (Kirby Super Star)
  • Edited Super Mario World

There’s a light pattern to consider in the games Nintendo has charged with removal. All of them are available on the Virtual Console, but there is also a remade Majora’s Mask on 3DS, of which the company may consider these videos to compete with their product. With the edited Super Mario World levels, these videos share the conceit of the upcoming Mario Maker for Wii U. Something a fan can produce like Mario levels would surely be in competition with the Wii U game that does the same thing, and under Nintendo’s official jurisdiction.

So far, this move has only affected Nico Video, but there’s always a risk that Nintendo will extend this degree of IP control to YouTube. If you happened to have uploaded any sort of TAS or ROM hacks over the years, keep an eye on your YouTube account. Let us know what you think of Nintendo’s sudden move in the comments.

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