Nintendo to introduce new licensing rules for GC 01/14/05 - Friday
Today Nintendo announced a new restriction on their licensing for Gamecube. All games that will appear on the Nintendo Gamecube console must have Mario somewhere in the game as a playable character.
CEO of Midway, Brian Bobbalong, finds the new licensing rules too harsh. "We were thinking of releasing 'Mortal Kombat: ReduXation!!" on the Gamecube, but, with these new rules in place, we pulled out of Gamecube development altogether. We couldn't justify Scorpion pulling off Mario's arms and eating his liver. It's just not cricket."
Other developers have expressed their concerns as well. P.O.B. Designs, developers of the upcoming 'Super eXtreme Tetris', have found they can no longer release their game: "Unless we remove the Tetrads and replace them with Mario, contorted into different positions, there's no way we can make him a playable character. The end result would look like a fat Italian plumber orgy!"
A source close to Nintendo, Dr. Andross, has this to say in an interview with 'GC Great' magazine, "We are hoping this will help the good Nintendo brands reach all new audiences, or indeed lose our audience altogether! It's what we call the kamikaze approach to game publishing." At which point in the interview, Dr. Andross leapt onto the table and shouted, "If I go down, I'm taking you with me!!"
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