In an ever continuing trend that is proving very unpopular among the rom-hacking and modding communities, Nintendo have issued a takedown against the anticipated "Pokémon Prism" rom hack, issuing a cease-and-desist to the author.
It's not exactly new, or surprising, for Nintendo to do something like this, but curiously, the gaming giant decided to leave it until mere days before the mod's final release before issuing the legal threat, despite knowledge of the mod being widely available for a long time now. The mod's author, Adam "Koolboyman" Vierra, uploaded a full copy of the letter to Google Docs, which you can read here.
Curiously, the letter comes from a legal team representing the Australian division of Nintendo, and alleges that the project violates various copyright laws within that nation. This is particularly strange, given the mod's author lives in San Francisco, and as of the time of writing, Nintendo of America's legal department has not yet confirmed or denied the authenticity of the letter.
Sadly, the mod author has now declared the project cancelled, blaming himself for drawing too much hype to the mod with a recently released trailer, and does not intend to release the rom hack in any way, shape or form - a great shame, that hours of work will now never be appreciated by the fans so eager to play this new take on Pokémon Gold.
Frankly mod authors should be celebrated, not forced to stick to the shadows.
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