The message is clear: Nintendo does not want its video games’ soundtrack music on YouTube.
DeoxysPrime, a popular video game and anime fan that frequently uploads popular video game soundtrack music on YouTube, said they would be removing all Nintendo music from their channel due to repeated copyright blocks. The news was first reported by VGC.
On Twitter, DeoxysPrime wrote, “With 500+ claims and a dozen soundtracks blocked over the last week it’s pretty clear they don’t want their music on YouTube.” DeoxysPrime has over 165,000 subscribers.
. This is not the first time Nintendo has sent a copyright block attack: In January, gaming YouTuber SiIvaGunner, previously known as GiIvaSunner, said they were targeted with over 4,000 copyright strikes.
At the time, Nintendo targeted and blocked soundtracks from iconic video games and franchises, including The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros., and Kirby, among others, from being available on the Google-owned video platform. SiIvaGunner initially shut down their channel as a result of the strikes, but has since restored a presence on the platform.
DeoxysPrime said they have no intention of deleting their channel and all non-Nintendo soundtracks will remain up. The motive is frustrating for fans of Nintendo’s legendary video game franchises, as there is currently no legal way to stream these soundtracks through either a paid or free platform.
Both creators were unable to monetize any Nintendo video on YouTube, as they do not hold the rights to the content. Nintendo has the option to claim its copyrighted material in videos to eventually remove the channel and the content. However, Nintendo is continuing to remove this content without giving fans the option to legally purchase it.
“It really makes me wonder why Nintendo still hasn’t created their own VEVO channel or addEd OSTs to music streaming services. Even Disney has the decency to do both,” said one fan on the Restera forum.
“Why don’t they let people pay to listen to this stuff, everybody wins,” said another.
It is unclear if Nintendo is planning to offer access to this content. This writer reached out to Nintendo of America for comment, but did not hear back from a representative by press time.