Nintendo allegedly removing Switch/Gamecube/Wii Steam Deck emulation videos from youtube
The emulation community has been particularly excited by the Steam Deck, Valve’s super portable gaming computer that looks like an oversized Nintendo Switch.
As the Steam Deck started reaching customers a few days ago, multiple videos and tutorials have already surfaced, to showcase the emulation capabilities of the device. Yuzu emulator (Nintendo Switch) and Dolphin (Gamecube/Wii) in particular have been pretty popular.
But it seems someone, allegedly Nintendo, has been going after these tutorials and other videos showcasing Nintendo games running on the Steam Deck, with aggressive DMCA takedown notices.
For example, ThePhawx’s Yuzu emulation guide on Steam Deck, a pretty popular tutorial video to run Nintendo Switch games on the Steam deck, has been taken down through a DMCA. (The video has been reuploaded here and is still available at the time of publishing). Another tutorial video from the same creator, documenting how to run the Dolphin emulator for Gamecube and Wii, has been removed from youtube.
I personally enjoyed ThePhawx’s humorous reaction and MVG’s subsequent reply on twitter:
— MVG 🔜 GDC (@ModernVintageG) March 3, 2022
It’s unclear at the moment if the takedowns are going to be generalized, and if it’s really Nintendo behind them, but it wouldn’t be the first time Nintendo’s going after fan projects, emulation of their games, or anyone that dares laying eyes on their Intellectual Property.