Nintendo is once again targeting YouTube channels streaming soundtracks from its games.
The shutdowns began over a year ago, in December 2020, after Nintendo fans hit back at the decision to ban the soundtracks games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and Mario Kart Wii by trolling the company on social media.
Of course, as I wrote back in December 2020, Nintendo is perfectly entitled to do so, but once again it hasn’t explained why it’s forcibly removing the music from YouTube, nor offering an alternative place for fans to listen to their favorite tracks .
Gilva Sunner (Thanks, reset era) — who had previously faced similar sweeping copyright bans — woke up to find over 1,300 reports against his channel overnight. The takedown notices included strikes against soundtracks from Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword, as well as Super Smash Bros, Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario Land, Luigi’s Mansion, and more.
The takedowns came despite the channel owner – who acknowledges Nintendo’s right to impose the legal strikes – reports that the videos are not being monetized and they “do not benefit from it”.
Over 1300 copyright blocks on the YT channel today. Here are all the soundtracks Nintendo has banned this time. pic.twitter.com/AqSyIdc4iJ
– GilvaSunner (@GilvaSunner) January 29, 2022
In related news if you were wondering how good cloud gaming is on Nintendo Switch, Digital Foundry is here to help.
“Ultimately the market will decide whether these cloud titles are viable for Switch, but our recommendation from what we’ve seen so far isn’t particularly positive,” Thomas summarized a few days ago. “The good thing about having demos available on the eShop is that there is nothing stopping you from trying these titles for yourself and I highly recommend it.”