Nintendo stops musician’s YouTube videos on Metroid covers

from does not intend department

Nintendo’s war on its own fans’ love of Nintendo game music continues. The company has certainly made headlines over the past few years (with a big acceleration recently) moving to the DMCA and threat blitzes for YouTube videos and channels that have uploaded what is essentially just the music from various Nintendo games. The blitzes started by deleting 3 digit numbers of videos and then grew into the thousands by 2022. Notably, this pissed off tons of Nintendo fans, many of whom pointed out that Nintendo was removing all that music that was almost entirely unavailable through legitimate means.

To continue to be clear on this point, Nintendo box do this…but it’s definitely not necessary. The proof would be much of the rest of the video game industry. You don’t hear this level of withdrawals from all other gaming companies.

But, I guess if you squint really hard and inhaled gasoline fumes, you could say that a live recording of Nintendo’s game music on YouTube is some kind of threat to current plans or future of Nintendo. It gets a little harder to use as an explanation for why Nintendo is now also targeting people who upload their own recreations and covers of Nintendo music.

As first reported by NintendoLife, the newest member of the club is SynaMax, a YouTube channel dedicated to music. The user behind the channel, who states in the channel’s bio that he’s been making music since 2004, had previously uploaded high-quality recreations and covers of select Metroid Prime songs. However, this seems to have caught the attention of Nintendo and its legal team. In a video uploaded yesterday, the channel’s creator claimed he was contacted by Nintendo’s lawyers on May 31 and told to remove nine videos containing Metroid Prime covers or remixes.

“I’m really disappointed with Nintendo that they’re forcing me to take these videos down because they want compulsory licensing,” SynaMax said in the new video.

Again, Nintendo is Most likely within his rights to demand that these videos be taken down, although that depends in part on the transformation of these covers. This isn’t something that should generally be considered, as most companies, again, don’t do these teardowns like Nintendo does. Over a decade ago, I wrote about OC ReMix, a site dedicated to hosting and promoting fan-made video game music remakes. This site is still functioning today and still hosts Nintendo game music remixes. Whether Nintendo will also tackle this site instead of just YouTube videos remains to be seen.

But the point here is that Nintendo doesn’t really have to do this to its creative fans. And why he wants less interest generated by his products thanks to this free promotion that he passes in front of his fans.

However, they questioned why the company was getting aggressive instead of just demonetizing relevant videos and letting fans continue to produce and share Nintendo-inspired creations. SynaMax said it wouldn’t mind losing that revenue; they just want to share their songs with other fans. SynaMax, his frustration evident, concluded that they were done making Nintendo-related content “a very long time ago”.

And one less free promoter now exists for Nintendo. SynaMax’s content surely wasn’t threatening enough to outweigh its growing interest in Nintendo music. But it’s Nintendo for you.

Filed Under: copyright, cover songs, covers, fans, metroid, video game music, video games

Companies: nintendo, youtube

Raymond T. Helms