Posted on September 11, 2012 AT 02:10pm
Nintendo may be on the ball when it comes to Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Kirby, but the fans are always a step ahead when it comes to anniversaries. On that note, we hope their lawyers don’t kill this book.
Somehow, Nintendo fan Daniel Lanciana has made it a whole 10 days on Kickstarter without drawing legal attention to “Pixel Perfect: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!“—despite attempts to do otherwise.
As his project page notes, the Punch-Out!! coffee table book is a potential “cease-and-desist” issue waiting to happen, as the 240-page hardcover tome uses tons of assets and images from licensed Nintendo properties.
In fact, it’s a potential double-issue.
Legally, it could be a problem that the book focuses on the “Mike Tyson” edition of Punch-Out!! that was released in 1987 before Nintendo’s licensing contract with Tyson expired.
However, Lanciana’s been smart enough to cover his bases. Not only has he made various attempts to gain Nintendo’s approval—the company hasn’t even granted him a meeting—but he’s also tried to directly contact Mike Tyson (who is currently in Hong Kong) via his Twitter feed:
— Pixel Perfect (@PixelPerfectBks) August 25, 2012
We think Tyson would be proud. From the assets shown in the Kickstarter page, it’s a very impressive effort.
Right now, “Pixel Perfect: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!” has $16,000 pledged out of its $25,000 goal with 20 days to go on its Kickstarter run. Even if Nintendo doesn’t want to get involved with this due to licensing issues, one can at least hope that the company will leave Lanciana’s non-profit project alone.
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