Nintendo Sued, Not Sued, over Paper Mario Commerical

By Jorge Ba-oh 25.06.2008 8

A Hollywood production company recently filed a lawsuit against Nintendo for a Paper Mario (GC) commercial, retracting several days later.

Kotaku reveals that the backing music was a piece composed by Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer for the film True Romance. On June 12th 2008 Hollywood production company Morgan Creek filed a lawsuit against Nintendo with claims that "You're So Cool" had been used without permission, however withdrawing the case on the 18th.

Reasons as to why the case had been abruptly shot down is uncertain. Had Nintendo privately settled claims? Or did the gaming giant's advertising partner acquire rights in the first place?

In any case, it looks like ol' Nintendo's off the hook.

Box art for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Developer

Intelligent Systems

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

Turn Based RPG

Players

1

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I love that music!, it's at the start of True Romance. I have the soundtrack. I have heard it before in a lot of stuff, but I guess they had permission and paid royalties.

Hans Zimmer rocks.

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That was a beat!

I love the slightly italian accent used in the advert. Smilie

That was quite a good ad really.

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Ya, decent ad - probably a mistake/misunderstanding with licensing.

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Here is another anecdote pointed out by another game site, gamespot.com:

" According to Leonard Herman's gaming history tome "Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames," in 1982, movie studio Universal claimed that Donkey Kong infringed on its rights to classic movie monkey King Kong. Nintendo fought the claim, pointing out that Universal actually didn't even own the rights to the King Kong name. Nintendo prevailed, and Universal was ordered to pay the game maker's legal fees in that case. "

I love this ad.

Wow, that\'s a great ad! I never saw this before...

/edit: It may be possible, that Nintendo made legal rights to use this music (Which is true Hans Zimmer, it\'s his past-style), the studio thought they didn\'t, filed a case against Ninty and found the contract 2 days later in some dust-covered cabinet... *hehe*

( Edited 05.07.2008 18:02 by Laurelin )

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

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