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Nintendo send pre-ban warning to a popular YouTube channel due to 20-year-old game

Published: 08:39, 09 December 2022
Nintendo's 20 years old unpublished game made great deal of fuss
Nintendo's 20 years old unpublished game made great deal of fuss on YouTube

The Popular YouTube channel DidYouKnowGaming got a pre-ban warning for posting a video about a 20-year-old game, which Nintendo never released. 

YouTube channel DidYouKnowGaming , which has 2,4 million subscribers, recently posted a documentary video about Heroes of Hyrule, the game that never saw the light of the day. The video revealed unknown details about the game, which was supposed to be a tactical Zelda title with Final Fantasy Tactics elements. Sadly, the management of Nintendo never approved this project.

You'd probably think that the game is so old Nintendo wouldn't care about someone revealing these details, but surprisingly the Japanese publisher found this offensive, issuing DidYouKnowGaming their first copyright strike before a permanent ban.

DidYouKnowGaming posted everything on their Twitter account defending the idea of free journalism and appreciation of, as they said, video game history preservation. 

"Nintendo has removed our Heroes of Hyrule video from YouTube. This was a journalistic video documenting a game that Retro Studios pitched to Nintendo nearly 20 years ago. This is an attempt by a large corporation to silence whatever journalism they don't like, and a slap in the face for video game history preservation. We are exploring all available options to restore the video." DidYouKnowGaming said in their official announcement. 

Nintendo sent pre-ban warning to famous YouTube channel Nintendo sent pre-ban warning to famous YouTube channel

Some followers of this popular channel even suggested they should sue Nintendo for breaking fundamental journalistic rights and the right of freedom of speech but that outcome would benefit no one. 

This is actually not the first time Nintendo sent warnings and even bans to YouTube channels that used their copyright material. In January 2022, Nintendo sent over 1300 copyright blocks to a single YouTube channel that uploads video game soundtracks.  However, this situation is quite different and it remains to be seen how it will be resolved in the end. 

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