Nintendo have recently told Josh Goldberg, a college student that his in-browser Super Mario game is in breach of copyright.
Goldberg, a junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recreated the original Super Mario game to a tee, where you can play through all 32 original levels of the game with all the original sound, graphics and gameplay. Users can also create their own levels with the level creation tool.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Goldberg has said how the in-browser version of Super Mario he has created is gaining on average 300,000 visitors a day with numbers increasing daily.
With those sort of visitors going to the site everyday, it caught the attention of Nintendo’s lawyers who have asked Goldberg to remove the game as the content infringes its “intellectual property rights”.
Goldberg admits that he did not care about copyright infringement to begin with as he did not think it would be a big project that would go viral, but now does not know what to do.
“I don’t know what Nintendo is going to do. I’ve avoided using any Nintendo assets other than the IP for the game itself. I honestly don’t know what to do in this situation.”
Every asset in the game has been recreated by Goldberg, with every block of every graphic, sound and music created by Goldberg himself.
Want to check out the in-browser Super Mario game for yourself? Check it out here.