Although the original Mario is 30 years old now and not really a game that would make a dent in Nintendo’s profit records even if someone put it out there in violation of the copyrights act, but rules are rules.
Full Screen Mario, a third party website that lets you play a remake of the game has been taken down by Nintendo following a DMCA notice.
Josh Goldberg, the owner of the website is a college student who created this HTML5 remake of the game with the original 32 levels, randomly generated levels and a level editor.
Nintendo had said to Washington Post in an email that they were seeking the removal of the content to protect against infringement of their intellectual property rights.
“FullScreenMario.com has been found in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and on Friday, November 1st was taken down by an official DMCA complaint from Nintendo,” reads the redundant website.
“The website allowed players to play an open source HTML5 remake of Nintendo’s 1985 Super Mario Bros, containing the original 32 levels, a random map generator, and level editor. This was in violation of Nintendo’s copyrights and trademarks.”
Josh claims that more than 2.7 million unique visitors had been playing the game throughout the one month for which the website was live. He ends the statement by expressing a plan to work on new, exciting and legal projects in the future.
Did you try out Full Screen Mario? If yes, let us know about this shutdown.