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Franchise: Final Fantasy
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The arcade game Dino Pop, manufactured by the South African company Amusement Warehouse, features an unlicensed rendition of the recurring Chocobo theme from the Final Fantasy series. Based on a demonstration video uploaded by the manufacturer, it's also believed that other renditions of the game use an unlicensed version of the Gold Saucer theme from Final Fantasy VII.
person Kirby Inhales Jotaro calendar_month February 22, 2024
Lemmings
subdirectory_arrow_right Scooby-Doo (Franchise)
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Attachment Lemmings was originally going to use a soundtrack of plagarised copyrighted music, something that was common in microcomputer games the decade prior, including pop songs and television theme songs. In the final game, these were swapped for public domain songs, though a sample of Don Messick as Scooby-Doo used for a cover of the Scooby-Doo & Scrappy-Doo theme song would be retained in the How Much is that Doggie in the Window? music track. The Mission: Impossible theme seems to have been chosen in reference to a fad on British television at the time of showing squirrels performing stunts to the song.
Collection: Mario Kart
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Attachment In 2016, Nintendo entered a legal dispute with MariCar, an Osaka-based company offering tourists Mario Kart-themed tours of the city using modified go-karts. The service included costumes based on the Mario Kart roster and alluded to the games' items in its advertising, jokingly asking customers not to attack each other with "banana peels" or "red turtle shells." Nintendo filed a complaint with the Japan Patent Office in September, arguing that the company's trademark was deliberately over-evocative of that for Mario Kart. Four months later, however, the office denied Nintendo's request, noting that "MariCar" was not a common abbreviation for Mario Kart, and thus the two trademarks did not conflict.

As the Japanese legal system does not include fair use protections for parodies, Nintendo subsequently sued MariCar the following month for copyright infringement due to the unauthorized inclusion of Mario character costumes. The case was ultimately decided in Nintendo's favor in September 2018, with MariCar being forced to drop the Mario Kart iconography and pay Nintendo ¥10 million (roughly equivalent to $89,000 USD) in damages. The company attempted to appeal the case to the Japanese Supreme Court, who rejected the motion in December 2020 and increased the fine to ¥50 million (approximately $483,000 USD). MariCar has since rebranded as Street Kart in the wake of the lawsuit.
person VinchVolt calendar_month January 24, 2024
League of Legends
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Attachment The character Veigar seems to be based on the Black Mages from the Final Fantasy series. This connection is further backed by one of Veigar's skins, called White Mage Veigar, which has the white and red coloring of the White Mages from the Final Fantasy series.
League of Legends
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Attachment The character Cho'Gath seems to be based off the character the Violator from the American comic book franchise "Spawn". This could be a coincidence, but when the game first launched, the Void (where Cho'Gath is from) was framed more like the world's equivalent to Hell, and the Violator is a minion of Hell.
Agent X II: The Mad Prof's Back!
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Attachment The ending theme for Agent X II is plagarised from a popular British commercial for a product called "Shake & Vac". When asked for a reason why the jingle was used, composer Tim Follin responded: "None [referring to an answer]. Tight deadline probably."
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 6, 2024
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
subdirectory_arrow_right Mario (Franchise)
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Attachment There is a cactus prop at Universal Studios' Super Nintendo World that does not originate from an official Mario game, but rather the fanmade mod Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii. At the time of the park's opening, a Google search for "new super mario bros wii cactus" would show images of Newer's desert levels alongside New Super Mario Bros. Wii, meaning that the cacti was likely added by accident, being mistaken for official Nintendo material.
Crazy Kong
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Attachment Crazy Kong's sound effects were plagarised from Crazy Climber, another game about scaling a building that featured gorillas as enemies, and predated Donkey Kong

If one is to count Crazy Kong as an official Nintendo release, it would technically be the first instance of Mario speaking, predating Donkey Kong Goes Home by two years, as he says "Hi-yah!" whenever he jumps over a barrel, using a slowed-down voice clip from the Crazy Climber gorilla.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month December 13, 2023
Mario speaks in Crazy Kong:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOZZZvWYS20#t=32

Crazy Climber - timestamped to the gorilla's appearance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCrAAIEnSYI#t=59
Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind
subdirectory_arrow_right Bubsy (Collection)
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person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 30, 2023
Beelzebubsy's posts:
https://aminoapps.com/c/bubsythebobcat/page/user/beelzebubsy/33xp_lViMf7dR2vJa7zoYX7DlWq0er2xRRCV

Example of SqrlyJack's infamy within the Bubsy fandom, not the subject of the fact, but moreso just backing up that she is a controversial figure to Bubsy fans:
https://tsknew999.tumblr.com/post/179917221391/who-wrote-this-stuff

Xindictive's claim in the comment section of a Slope's Game Room video on Bubsy that presents the fake concept art as real:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jea5BBMIA0A&lc=UgwIn_sCDJ1pf0goZ214AaABAg

Tweet from Xindictive about the forgery, a reply shows a magazine scan that one of the forged images was traced from:
https://twitter.com/TSKNew999/status/1140301796201529344

Advertisement for the now-closed Discord server claming that Berlyn was on it:
https://www.reddit.com/r/the_Bubsy/comments/mq1xda/long_overdue_update_post/

Examples of Ken Macklin's real signature:
https://postimg.cc/gallery/YWFZ1P8/2fd8ba45
Pengo
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Attachment The first two versions of Pengo use "Popcorn" by Gershon Kingsley as the background music, in the third and fourth, they were swapped for an original tune.
Flappy Bird
subdirectory_arrow_right Flappy Birds Family (Game), .GEARS Studios (Company)
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Flappy Bird was removed from app stores by creator Dong Nguyen on February 8th 2014, due to being overwhelmed by its success and feeling guilt over the addictive, frustrating nature of the game, which he had originally intended to be relaxing. Although many speculated that the game was taken down by Nintendo due to the game's pipes and their similarity to the pipes from the Mario series, both Nguyen and Nintendo denied this.

Nguyen claimed that his worries about the game had lost him sleep, and removing the game from sale managed to restore piece of mind - despite this, Nguyen did promise a Flappy Bird comeback, albeit in a less addictive form, which would eventually come in the form of an official sequel: Flappy Birds Family for Amazon Fire TV.

Some eBay users attempted to sell the iPhones with the original game installed for up to $99,900, but the listings were removed due to eBay's rules against selling technology that has not been factory reset.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 24, 2023
Neopets Browser
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person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 23, 2023
Basic overview, and also source for hedgehogs, the gay ban, and the plagiarism:
https://www.jellyneo.net/nfts/

Another basic overview, mentioning the contest, denials, and the hedgehogs:
https://www.reddit.com/r/HobbyDrama/comments/pzmcy2/pet_site_game_neopets_introduces_nfts_burns/

Neopets Metaverse team Soyjak tweet:
https://www.jellyneo.net/?comments=13868

Neopets ending NFT support announcement:
https://www.jellyneo.net/?comments=14391
The Adventures of Quik & Silva
subdirectory_arrow_right Sonic The Hedgehog (Franchise)
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Attachment Quik & Silva features many plagiarized characters as duplicated enemies, including characters from Nebulus, Bubble Bobble, Contra, and The Great Giana Sisters. Among these characters is Sonic the Hedgehog, whose first title had not released at that point, technically making it Sonic's first appearance in a home console video game, even if unauthorized and predated by the arcade game Rad Mobile.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 23, 2023
Sonic Retro article on appearance discovery:
https://sonicretro.org/tag/the-adventures-of-quik-silva/

Larry Bundy Jr. video on Sonic's first appearance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5uC0ymZK3s
Q-Boy
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Attachment If you press Select while pausing Q-Boy, you can unlock a "Mario mode" that replaces several of the game's original characters with Mario characters.
Donkey Kong
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Attachment The Donkey Kong start theme is plagiarized from the 1950s police drama Dragnet.
Elf Bowling 1 & 2
subdirectory_arrow_right Blockdot (Company), NStorm, Inc. (Company), Elf Bowling (Collection)
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The Elf Bowling series has been the subject of multiple bizarre and unprofessional Wikipedia edits by individuals involved with the franchise, something considered poor conduct on the website.

Elf Bowling co-creator Dan "Ferg" Ferguson created a Wikipedia article under the name "Itzaferg" and inserted self-aggrandizing information about his history with the franchise to its page, as well as adding articles that were soon deleted for his company Blockdot and its lesser known, non-Elf Bowling works.

After this, Matthew Lichtenwalter, who bought the rights to Elf Bowling in 2001, attempted to claim that the portable compilation, Elf Bowling 1 & 2 was "unauthorized" using Wikipedia as a platform, writing a signed quote from himself on the Wikipedia mainpage for Elf Bowling, as well as saying that he "created the series [after]" he bought it out.

"The DS and GBA versions were not approved or authorized by NStorm and were extremely poor copies of the code and art by original creators Ferguson and Bielinski. Myself, along with millions of fans all over the world loved the original artwork of Ferguson in all its pixelized glory and this unauthorized release caused sever [sic] harm to the brand that took several years to recover from." ~ Matthew Lichtenwalter, Commotion Interactive

It seems highly unlikely that the Elf Bowling ports were actually unauthorized, as no legal action was taken, nor did any of the developers or publishers of the release attempt to hide their work on it at any point.
Platform: PlayStation
subdirectory_arrow_right Arcade (Platform), Game Boy Color (Platform), Sega Mega Drive/Genesis (Platform), Nintendo Entertainment System (Platform), Game Boy Advance (Platform), Game Boy (Platform), Sega Master System/Mark III (Platform), Sega Game Gear (Platform), Neo Geo AES (Platform), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Platform)
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Attachment In 2018, rapper Soulja Boy attempted to sell his own line of video game consoles, collectively called the SouljaGame line, sold for $149.99 for a console and $99.99 for a handheld. Advertising claimed that the consoles would be compatible with a variety of consoles' games, including modern platforms like the PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch. These, quite obviously, did not have such compatibility, but rather were a generic retro emulator console one could find on small business-oriented retail websites such as Wish and AliExpress loaded with pirated and modified games from the Neo Geo; NES; Game Boy Advance; Game Boy Color; Game Boy; Sega Genesis; SNES; Master System; Game Gear; and PlayStation libraries sold at a markup. The only difference from these pre-existing consoles being a photograph of Soulja printed onto the box. Soulja Boy would eventually stop selling SouljaGame consoles, with the website for the console redirecting to Nintendo's 3DS website.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 18, 2023
Soulja Boy selling SouljaGame line article:
https://variety.com/2018/gaming/news/soulja-boy-selling-cheap-consoles-1203084022/

Soulja Boy ends sales of SouljaGame line article:
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/02/soulja-boy-stops-selling-souljagame-game-consoles

SouljaGame unboxing and teardown showing the packaging:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo-qNU7Qu3k

Rerez video reviewing the console SouljaGame was based on, showing the console list:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqXuAuTFXpA#t=595
Punch-Out!!
subdirectory_arrow_right Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (Game)
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The NES Punch-Out!! theme was plagiarized from the Gillette razors "Look Sharp, Be Sharp" jingle, which was used as the opening theme song for the American sports program Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, best known for its boxing programming, in the 1950s.
Punch-Out!!
subdirectory_arrow_right Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (Game), Stargate (Game), Punch-Out!! (Game)
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Attachment The game start theme from Punch-Out!!, both the arcade and NES versions, was reused from the NES version of Defender II. The original Defender II version ends with a pastiche of the Star Wars theme, something that was not retained in Punch-Out!!.
Bomb Jack II
subdirectory_arrow_right Beyond the Ice Palace (Game), ThunderCats: The Lost Eye of Thundera (Game), Ghosts 'n Goblins (Franchise), ThunderCats (Franchise), FTL Games (Company), Paradise Software (Company)
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Attachment When Elite Software obtained the license to make a video game based on the ThunderCats cartoon, they were unsure if they would be able to complete the game in time for Christmas, and as such outsourced a second ThunderCats game to Paradise Software. Neither game could be finished before the deadline, and as such Elite instead attained the rights to a near-finished game titled Samurai Dawn by FTL Games and released it as ThunderCats: The Lost Eye of Thundera.

Elite's in-house ThunderCats game got pitched to Capcom as a sequel to Ghosts 'n Goblins, but was not picked up due to Ghouls 'n Ghosts being in development at the time. It would be released as an original IP, simply titled Beyond the Ice Palace, featuring a character who in certain versions of the game resembles Lion-O.

Paradise Software's ThunderCats game remains shrouded in mystery, but it seems incredibly likely that the game was released as Bomb Jack II, owing to the C64 version of the game including a rendition of the ThunderCats theme song (stolen music being somewhat of a tradition for the Bomb Jack franchise), not featuring any bombs, and having a protagonist that more closely resembles Lion-O than Bomb Jack.
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