Some of you may remember Pokemon: Uranium, the fan made Pokemon game made with character sprites and artwork from Gameboy Advance Pokemon games. Initially released in July of 2016, Nintendo shut the project down after it has amassed nearly 2 million downloads. The same fate was to befall another fan project in December of the same year, Pokemon Prism.
Due to release on Christmas day, Prism gained quite a lot of attention after an official trailer was released for the game, racking up 1.4 million views. This large influx of gamers interested in the game is almost certainly what brought the project under Nintendo’s microscope, according to a series of Tweets from Adam “Koolboyman”, the creator of Prism.
“The trailer was meant to just be for the fans and maybe get a couple of new ones. I was not expecting 1.4 million views on it.”
Before the trailer was released, the game was showcased through the Facebook page, Pokemon Brown and Pokemon Prism. At the time of writing, the Facebook page has a little over 8,400 “Likes”, most of whom have followed the project as it’s grown, or were fans of Adam’s first game, Pokemon Brown. Pokemon Prism has been in development for 8 years, and has been streamed on Twitch as promotion, although the game was never intended to be sold, and was simply a passion project for the young developer. Adam has taken to his Twitter feed, urging fans not to attack Nintendo for shutting him down, as well as stating his intention to “…always support Nintendo and their products.” It is unknown at this time if the “cease and desist” order will be rescinded, but on a personal note, I hope it is. Eight years is a long time to spend on a project only to have it ripped away days before release.
What do you think gamers? Should Nintendo have the right to cancel fan made projects that don’t cost money? Or should they lay off of Adam and Pokemon Prism?