Nintendo’s war on fan creators now extends to people creating sheet music for Fire Emblem


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Nintendo its reputation for taking down anyone it thinks is using its intellectual property in a way it doesn’t like is pretty well documented. Some of these incidents make some sense, like following them ROMs and other things that could hypothetically affect the sales of games and consoles. But now Mario business found a novel target: musicians creating sheet music based on game soundtracks.

As reported NintendoLifetwo YouTube channels that created sheet music versions of Nintendo songs, Head of sheet music AND purpleschalarecently informed their communities that Nintendo has started cracking down on sheet music sites like Musicnotes and removing music from games like Pokémon, MarioAND The Legend of Zelda. Purpleschala says Musicnotes is “actively” trying to reverse the decision. Sheet Music Boss claims that their arrangements were “properly licensed” and that the original artists received royalties for selling the sheet music.

“We are working on it, but it is very frustrating,” wrote Sheet Music Boss. “Especially considering so many Nintendo items are not available in sheet form ANYWHERE. We apologize to everyone affected and please remember that this is completely out of our control!”

Officially licensed sheet music for video games is often tough to obtain, so it’s no surprise that dedicated fans have taken it upon themselves to fill this gap so that other musicians can learn and perform songs from their favorite Nintendo games. What’s surprising, however, is that Nintendo is only now cracking down on these findings, after they were apparently hosted on Musicnotes for several years. Purpleschala had arrangements of songs such as “The Edge of Dawn” and “Fodlan Winds”. Fire emblem: three houses on the site for five years before Nintendo came knocking. We’ve reached out to Nintendo and Musicnotes for comment and will update the story if we hear back.

At least both channels still have their Musicnotes accounts and most of their work remains intact. Purpleschala primarily arranges pieces for piano, while Sheet Music Boss deals with arrangements for piano, strings and wind instruments.

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