The world of fan-made Pokemon games is no more as Nintendo has forced Pokemon Essentials and the wiki that comes along with it to be shut down.
There are a number of franchises out there that have changed the video game industry for the better and will likely be around for as long as gaming is. Super Mario, Sonic The Hedgehog, Grand Theft Auto, but perhaps none quite as revolutionary as Pokemon. More than 20 years after we first became obsessed with Pokemon on GameBoy the franchise continues to live on and evolve.
There have been almost countless Pokemon games over the years. Starting out with Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow on GameBoy which eventually evolved into Gold and Silver and so many more. Pokemon Stadium and Snap on the Nintendo 64, all the way up to the mobile game that took the entire world by storm a little over two years ago, Pokemon Go.
What might surprise you is that all the Pokemon games that you may have played over the past two decades might not have actually had anything to do with Nintendo or even Pokemon. A lot of them were fan-made and you might have even played some of them without realizing that fact. The extremely popular Pokemon Uranium was literally played by millions but was completely fan made.
Fans would use a tool called Pokemon Essentials to create the games. It featured all of the tilesets, maps, music, and sprites from the original games and the wiki that came along with it made building your own Pokemon world fairly easy. Sadly, those days are no more. As reported by The Verge, Nintendo has clamped down on Pokemon Essentials, forcing it to be shut down.
Maruno, the last proprietor and developer of Pokemon Essentials, wrote on Twitter "The Pokémon Essentials Wiki, and all the downloads for Pokémon Essentials, have been deleted due to a copyright infringement claim by lawyers representing Nintendo of America." While the vast majority of those who used Essentials are in shock, one developer told The Verge that this day was always going to come, and that the only thing surprising to him is that it wasn't shut down sooner.