AM2R and Pokemon Uranium are out of the running.
The industry awards show known as the Game Awards is just over a week away, but it looks like there are still some last-minute changes happening to at least one of the nominees lists. Kotaku reports that a couple of fan-made Nintendo games, Pokemon Uranium and Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R), have been taken out of the running for the “Best Fan Creation” category.
Nintendo fans likely remember both games as having each (separately) taken close to a decade to develop, only to be taken down shortly after release. Both games were the victims of DMCA takedown notices from Nintendo, a company that is infamous for not tolerating anyone doing anything with its IPs outside of expressly granted partnership.
Pokemon Uranium and AM2R may have been two of the most visible Nintendo DMCA takedowns in 2016, but they were far from the only ones. Nintendo requested that hundreds of fan-created games be taken offline this year, and their creators, fearing lawsuits, complied.
As for Pokemon Uranium, one of its developers sent out a disappointing tweet after news broke of the game’s removal from consideration at the Game Awards. “Sigh. Well, it was worth a shot.”
AM2R creator Milton “DoctorM64” Guasti retweeted the news that his game had been taken out of the running, but he offered no commentary of his own. Last week he expressed his excitement over the nomination, calling it “an honor” to be nominated alongside Pokemon Uranium.