Pokémon Uranium Creators Pull Game After A Reported 1.5 Million Downloads

Illustration for article titled emPokémon Uranium /emCreators Pull Game After A Reported 1.5 Million Downloads

After nine years of work on Pokémon Uranium, the fans who made it have removed all download links for the game from their website (h/t Christian), saying they want to respect Nintendo’s wishes that the game no longer be distributed, despite the fact that (according to them) it’s already been downloaded 1.5 million times.


Although the developers say they themselves haven’t received any cease & desist letters from Nintendo’s lawyers yet, they’ve “been notified of multiple takedown notices” and don’t want to take any risks. “While we have not personally been contacted, it’s clear what their wishes are, and we respect those wishes deeply,” they said in a statement on their website.

Here’s the full statement:

After receiving more than 1,500,000 downloads of our game, we have been notified of multiple takedown notices from lawyers representing Nintendo of America.

While we have not personally been contacted, it’s clear what their wishes are, and we respect those wishes deeply.

Therefore, we will no longer provide official download links for the game through our website.

We have no connection to fans who reupload the game files to their own hosts, and we cannot verify that those download links are all legitimate. We advise you to be extremely cautious about downloading the game from unofficial sources.

We are blown away by the response this game has received, and we thank you all so much for your outstanding support.

We will continue to provide Pokémon Uranium-related news and updates through our official channels.

You are welcome to continue discussing and sharing content related to the game on our forums and Discord, where there is a very active community.

Thank you for reading, and let’s share the love of Pokémon!

It’s a remarkably chill statement from people who spent nine years on this thing, but I’m sure they’re well aware that anyone who wants to play it will find a way.

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And this is why I downloaded it asap. And Luke (and others) were saying it wouldn’t get taken down (haha, it won’t since torrents exist). It may have been the creators who took it down, sure. But no one is entitled to their art. They’ve also gotten the satisfaction of 1.5 million downloads. That is pretty remarkable. If it increased, who knew how Nintendo/The Pokemon Company would respond.*

*I’m not saying it was inevitable, but it was still in the realm of possibilities.