Nintendo’s odd and somewhat anti-consumer policies took a toll on the competitive gaming community today. According to Shoryuken, Nintendo has blocked Super Smash Bros. Melee from being streamed online at the upcoming Evo 2013 showcase. Instead, Evo will show streams of Persona 4 Arena and King of Fighters XIII in its place. Super Smash Bros. Melee will still be at the show, but people at home won’t be able to see it.
This is the second time in recent memory Nintendo has rallied against those who wish to broadcast its games on the internet for an extended period of time. Back in May, Nintendo went after Let’s Play communities on YouTube by placing content ID matches against gameplay videos. Nintendo didn’t request the videos be taken down, but it did invoke its right to place ads against the content to earn revenue. After the backlash, it seemed Nintendo had eased up on its heavy-handedness. We now know that’s not the case at all.
This all goes back to the argument regarding rights. Yes, Nintendo has to right to block streams of its game. However, doing so is stupid in this case. Super Smash Bros. Melee came out in 2001. It’s not like we haven’t seen this game get played time and time again for the past decade. Why in the world would Nintendo intentionally upset the competitive gaming community that has kept its game relevant for so long? Nintendo also has another Smash Bros. coming out for the Wii U and 3DS in 2014. At the rate the Wii U is falling, Nintendo needs all the good cheer and positive press it can get.
Update: Would you look at that? Nintendo has reversed its decision and will now allow Super Smash Bros. Melee to be streamed from Evo 2013.