Super Mario 64 HD, a free, fan-made Unity remake of the Bob-omb Battlefield stage of the Nintendo 64 classic, was removed from its site this week due to a copyright infringement complaint filed on behalf of Nintendo.
If you hop over to the site today, instead of finding the inspired recreation of Super Mario 64, you'll find the full text of the exchanges between the domain name company and the person who was hosting the remake for a pal.
An attorney for Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn LLP contacted Cloudflare on behalf of Nintendo, according to the email to file a DMCA copyright infringement complaint.
"The copyrighted work at issue is Nintendo's Super Mario 64 video game (U.S. Copyright Reg. No. PA0000788138), including but not limited to the audiovisual work, computer program, music, and fictional character depictions. The web site at http://mario64-erik.u85.net/Web.html displays, and allows users to play, an electronic game that makes unauthorized use of copyright-protected features of Nintendo's Super Mario 64 video game. Nintendo requests that CloudFlare, Inc. immediately disable public access to http://mario64-erik.u85.net/Web.html"
The person who was hosting the game replied saying he was hosting the work for a good friend who is an avid fan and "built the project from scratch as a tech demo."
"Immediately upon receiving your request, we have taken down the web player, and replaced it with the original takedown notice verbatim as provided. You can verify this via the original link: http://mario64-erik.u85.net/Web.html
All back-end properties hosting the original files have been updated and files removed. I trust that the issue is fully rectified. If you may be so kind, please follow up your previous contacts with my hosting providers, so they are aware that actions have been taken on the same thread. If you do require any further next step actions pertaining to the take down request, please feel free to reach out at any time, and I will be more than happy to provide assistance in any mean possible."
While you can't play indie developer Erik Roystan Ross' amazing creation anymore, you can watch it in action below.
We've reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update this story when they respond.
Update: Nintendo responded with the following:
"Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of others, and in turn expects others to respect ours. Nintendo is passionate about protecting its creative works developed to entertain its fans and takes the necessary steps to remove unauthorized content distributed via the Internet."