Nintendo is taking action on the Pokemon mod in Palworld – In a recent development, Nintendo has taken swift action against the burgeoning popularity of the Palworld Pokemon Mod, issuing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns to curb the dissemination of the unofficial modification.
Nintendo is taking action on the Pokemon mod in Palworld
Twitter user @ToastedShoes initially showcased the Palworld Pokemon Mod, revealing a 24-second glimpse into its transformative features. The mod, which garnered attention for turning the protagonist into Pokemon’s Ash and replacing in-game characters with iconic Pokemon, stirred excitement within the gaming community.
Nintendo has come for me, please leave me in your thoughts and prayers pic.twitter.com/HGg65y67Qp
— Toasted (@ToastedShoes) January 23, 2024
The Twitter video was promptly removed with the message, “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.” @ToastedShoes expressed concern on Twitter, stating, “Nintendo has come for me, please leave me in your thoughts and prayers.”
Nintendo is taking action
Nintendo’s proactive approach resulted in the removal of the original video, signalling their determination to protect intellectual property rights. The move has cast doubt on the promised upload of the full mod video to YouTube, as Nintendo continues to actively remove related content.
Despite the modding setback, Palworld has experienced unprecedented success, surpassing 5 million unit sales and claiming the title of the second-highest-played paid Steam game ever. The game, often described as ‘Pokémon with guns,’ has faced criticism for its Pals, creatures reminiscent of Pokemon, leading to comparisons and accusations of imitation.
Palworld developer Pocketpair has defended the game, asserting its alignment with survival crafting titles like Ark Survival Evolved and Valheim, rather than being a Pokemon clone. In spite of everything, the controversies have not deterred players, as Palworld boasts a player base peak of 1,582,482 within a short period.
In the wake of Nintendo’s DMCA takedowns, the fate of the Palworld Pokemon Mod remains uncertain, sparking discussions around the intersection of fan creativity and copyright protection in the gaming industry.