This is not to say that Apps Nintendo release are illegal, but rather that people are using Nintendo’s IP to create applications like Bowser’s Town Defense and Yoshijump and release them onto the Windows Store.
Furthermore, Microsoft is saying that they can’t even ban out those apps, since Nintendo hasn’t reported them for infringing on their intellectual property. Microsoft says that it holds a strong stance on IP ownership but maintains that the responsibility of reporting these apps lies with the trademark holder.
What’s even more curious is that Nintendo, a company that keeps its IPs tied to its apron strings, hasn’t deigned to do anything about these apps.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, it’s possible that Nintendo feels that these applications are too small time, and not worth the effort, or it could be a huge paradigm shift by the company, as they embrace the community and encourage the usage of their IP in creative ways.
Hey, a guy can dream right?