Deoxys Prime, who runs a YouTube account with 165,000 subscribers that hosts all kinds of video game soundtrackshad to delete his entire Nintendo music library after receiving over 500 copyright claims from trigger-happy.
They did not host commercially available album downloads; rather, like the rest of their string (that we featured on the site before!), they had uploaded the full soundtracks of titles like Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon pulled directly from the games themselves. In a statement posted to Twitter on May 30, they write:
Effective immediately, I will remove all Nintendo music from my channel. With over 500 complaints and a dozen blocked soundtracks over the past week, it’s pretty clear that they don’t want their music on YouTube. I feel sorry for everyone who loves their music, but I don’t really have a choice.
I have no intention of deleting my channel and the rest of my non-Nintendo soundtracks will remain in place for the foreseeable future. It’s frustrating but as I said before, it’s ultimately their choice to block their music on the platform.
Good luck to anyone still holding out for Nintendo music on YouTube. So many of these soundtracks were never officially released. But like how chains bigger than mine have been affected before those who take their place end up like this too.
In a follow-up message posted on their YouTube page, they say:
Again, I’m sorry for the inconvenience, as I love listening to Nintendo music here as much as you all do, but it makes no sense to continue like this.
As always, you can follow me on Twitter for any other updates and as a general reminder, if you see any soundtracks on my channel removed, it’s always safe to assume it was for copyright reasons. Be respectful of their right to do so, but also keep pushing Nintendo to release their music in official formats, because there’s no reason these soundtracks should be gone forever. Thanks.
Some of the soundtracks that have been removed include those from the smash series, donkey kong country Games, Windwaker, F-zero series and most modern mario and Mario Kart Games.
As they say, Nintendo, if you want to do this, please release these soundtracks at least in official formats (albums! Spotify!), because I get so tired of having to link to this old post all the time.
This isn’t the first time a major music channel has been targeted by Nintendo recently. Back in January GilvaSunner received over 1300 copyright blocks, stating at the time “I’m…not angry or surprised that Nintendo is doing this, but I think it’s a little disappointing, there’s no hardly any alternative”.