Sony Pulls Popular Mario Creation From Dreams After Nintendo Complaint

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One of the most popular and downloaded Mario character models in the PS4 game Dreams has been removed after Sony received a complaint from Nintendo.


As reported by Eurogamer, a Dreams creator by the name of PieceofCraft, who made the popular Mario model, recently Tweeted the news that Sony had pulled their Mario from the game. When fans asked why, PieceofCraft explained that in an email they received from Sony, it mentioned that Nintendo had claimed a copyright strike on the model.

Almost since the moment Dreams was available to the public, people have been creating games, models, and music based on non-Sony IP. The first time I booted up Dreams back in Early Acess it was already filled with Mario, Sonic, and Doom levels. For a while, it seemed that these creations were mostly safe. This no longer seems to be the case.

PieceofCraft can now no longer edit or change their Mario model as it has been flagged for containing copyrighted material. And now, moving forward, other creators or players won’t be able to find it and download for use in their own levels or games.

PieceofCraft and others aren’t sure what will happen to any current creations that feature the now removed model. It seems like, at least for the time being, popular Dream games like “Super Mario 64 HD” are still active and playable, even though they contain the now removed model.


While we don’t know the exact reasons why Nintendo decided to remove this Mario model now, some are speculating Nintendo is now closely watching the game and its creations after an announcement that Media Molecule, developers behind Dreams, will start allowing players to make money on their creations.

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It isn’t surprising that Nintendo has started to crack down on their IP being used in Dreams. Nintendo has a long, long history of legally blocking and shutting down fan games and mods.

So, if you were planning on making a Nintendo themed creation in Dreams, maybe switch his name to Maurio and make him a carpenter instead. Just to be safe.


Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.



The point in shutting down “fan creations” is that they reach a point of being a substitute for the original. I think this is the case here. Dreams is rife with stolen/copied content which is a real shame considering how much you can do with it. You give people these amazing tools to work with and all they do is clone existing products.

I wouldn’t be surprised uf Nintendo ends up having to file heavier action against Sony since they are essentially aking money off the back of Nintendo and others stolen IPs with this game.