Modder who put Pokémon in Palword says ‘Nintendo came for me’
The designer who put Pokémon in Palword claimed that “Nintendo came through for me” after removing his tweet.
Creator Toasted Shoes took to X/Twitter to tease the Palworld model with a clip showing off Pokémon’s Ash Ketchum in place of the player character, as well as popular Pokémon like Pikachu replacing Palworld’s Pals.
Palworld is a crafting and survival game dubbed “Pokémon with Guns.” It features monsters called Pals, which Some people said “stealing” Pokemon.
Nintendo came through for me, please keep me in your thoughts and prayers pic.twitter.com/HGg65y67Qp
– Toasted (@ToastedShoes) January 23, 2024
Palworld developer Pocketpair has insisted that Palworld is closer to survival games like Ark Survival Evolved and Valheim than Pokemon, but that hasn’t stopped people from continuing to play the game.
Within 24 hours of Toasted Shoes’ tweet, it was pulled offline by a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown from Nintendo, which publishes the Pokémon video games.
Speaking to IGN, Roasted shoes He said he still plans to post the full video showcasing the edit, but will abide by any further copyright notices from Nintendo. “We would like to complete the mod pack and release it for free to the public, but for now we are playing it by ear because we don’t want any legal issues,” Toasted Shoes said.
Debate has raged online over whether Nintendo or The Pokémon Company will take legal action over Palworld. Pocketpair CEO Takuro Mizobe told Automaton that Palworld had cleared the legal reviews, and insisted that no action had been taken against it by other companies.
“We make our games seriously, and we have absolutely no intention of violating other companies’ intellectual property,” Mezobi said.
A Nintendo representative told Bloomberg that the company is aware of the Palworld issue, but declined to comment on individual cases. The Pokémon Company has not yet commented.
“This sounds like the usual bullshit I used to see a thousand times a year when I was the Pokémon Company’s chief legal officer,” Don McGowan, who led the Pokémon Company’s legal team for about 12 years, told Game File.
Screenshots from Palworld
Palworld has now sold a staggering six million copies in just four days, with concurrent players reaching 1.7 million.
All eyes are on Nintendo and The Pokémon Company to see if the two companies will take some sort of legal action against Palworld, which is also available on Xbox and Windows PC as a one-day Game Pass title locked by Microsoft.
Perhaps in an attempt to avoid any potential issues with Nintendo, modding site Nexus Mods appears to be removing any Pokémon-related mods for Palworld from its site.
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