Yes, it needs to be said: Nintendo is prone to inhumane actions (we’ve reported on them: the multiplayer The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild mod, the Gary Bowser fine, and more recently, the moves to remove Lockpick…), but also paranoid.
The big N can be happy that the Switch is still selling at least 3 million copies a quarter (we wrote about it earlier in the day). Still, you can’t get past how tightly it holds all its IP, even though sometimes, the fan work is much better than what the company itself releases (AM2R seemed better than the official remake of Metroid 2. ..). While it’s somewhat understandable if you don’t tolerate leaks about your new games, at some point, you have to stop and think about what the point of all this is, and whether it might be more appropriate just to leave it all alone?
Alanah Pearce, a writer for Sony Santa Monica (God of War!), also does podcasts and streams. She tweeted that during a live broadcast, she was suddenly suspended on Twitch when all she was doing was reacting to Nintendo’s officially approved Skill Up footage from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The game had a preview event recently where recording footage was allowed, and Pearce responded to that during the broadcast.
She did a YouTube video explaining the situation, and it’s possible that Nintendo struck before asking, i.e., the big N responded with a DMCA claim before looking into the fact that there was no specific infringement. We agree with one commenter on the video, “You thought you were reacting to Nintendo, but Nintendo was reacting to you!” Pearce’s channel, meanwhile, is available again on Twitch.
The story proves that Nintendo has fallen over the edge. It’s easy to find The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, out this Friday and can be played on PC if it’s powerful enough. If the Japanese company doesn’t care about others this much… why should we do the same towards them?