US Government Blantantly Steals From Nintendo For Flash Game

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Despite being one of gaming’s most defensive publishers of its intellectual properties, Nintendo often still falls victim to having its copyrighted material stolen. The internet is full of bootleg Nintendo consoles, such as the game consoles sold by Soulja Boy, and many flea market and shopping mall patrons have seen off-brand video game consoles and bootleg Nintendo merchandise. It’s quite often that Nintendo sees content from its games stolen, but the latest culprit is somewhat unexpected. Upon inspection of a new EPA flash game, it has become apparent that the US government has stolen from Nintendo.

Twitter user Forest of Illusion recently shared the interesting discovery that they made. According to the user, a new recycling-themed flash game released on an US government website steals a Nintendo song. When opening the game, there is a screen that explains the goals of the game, and has a “Let’s Get Started” button that starts the game. When clicking this, the game begins, and a familiar song plays.

Upon further inspection, the song actually appears to be the underground theme Nintendo used in Yoshi’s Island DS. This discovery is further supported by user investigating of sound files in the game.  User Jhynjhiruu discovered that the mp3 file for the song is listed as yoshidsunderground.mp3, so the game’s creator clearly stole the mp3 file and neglected to change the file name before adding it to the game. The EPA has since confirmed that a contractor created this game for them and independent stole the song, but Nintendo has yet to comment on this infringement, or whether they intend to press charges. This is certainly one of the more strange cases of Nintendo having their copyrights stolen, but maybe it was just the US government’s revenge against Yoshi committing tax fraud?

What do you guys think about the US government stealing from Nintendo for this flash game? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to stay tuned for the latest Nintendo news, such as the possibility of the cancelled Scalebound game seeing a release on Nintendo Switch, here on Don’t Feed the Gamers! Follow us on Twitter to see our updates the minute they go live!

Cory Lara1838 Posts

A royally radical and totally tubular 90s kid, Cory has a passion for all things nerdy, particularly gaming and nostalgia. While an accountant by day, he strives to be as creative and humorous as possible in his free time, be it here writing on Don't Feed the Gamers, or making dumb satirical posts on his Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram accounts.


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