Last week, we reported on the fact that many old issues of Nintendo Power magazine, which ran for 27 years and stopped releasing issues in 2012, were available for free online at Archive.org, and in fact, they’d been there for months before anyone noticed. Unfortunately, one of the people who noticed worked for Nintendo’s legal department, and that’s the reason why those issues are no longer available.
In case you’re interested in why Nintendo has decided to be incredibly anti-fun this week, they did release an statement about the situation, in which they said that they were doing it to “protect our own characters, trademarks and other content”, and that “the unapproved use of Nintendo’s intellectual property can weaken our ability to protect and preserve it, or to possibly use it for new projects”. Which, don’t get us wrong, is a completely valid stance for a corporation to take, no matter how much it irritates those of us who just wanted to read old issues of a defunct gaming magazine.
Well, it was fun while it lasted, anyway.