Bad news for middle schoolers in terrible ’90s computer labs that only have Number Munchers and Math Blasters installed (actually those sounds like awesome computer labs): Full Screen Mario has been shut down. What was Full Screen Mario, you ask? Not a screensaver, but rather an open source HTML5 remake of the original Super Mario Bros, containing 32 levels, a random map generator and a level editor.
A message on the website currently states:
“Nintendo’s copyrighted characters and video game images in connection with an unauthorized version of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. video game (U.S. Copyright Reg PA0000273028, supp by PA0000547457, which is playable through the website in violation of Nintendo’s exclusive rights.
FullScreenMario.com has been found in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and on Friday, November 1st was taken down by an official DMCA complaint from Nintendo. The website allowed players to play an open source HTML5 remake of Nintendo’s 1985 Super Mario Bros, containing the original 32 levels, a random map generator, and level editor. This was in violation of Nintendo’s copyrights and trademarks.
Full Screen Mario was enjoyed by nearly 2.7 million unique visitors during almost a month of popularity, across 6 continents and dozens of languages. I’m glad so many people got to enjoy the game, and look forward to working on new and exciting (and legal) projects.
We’re not sure what prompted Nintendo to take action, but the PayPal Donate button probably didn’t help. Ah well, onto other free games! Does MiniClip still exist?