Nintendo are Aware of Palworld, Issue Statement
By Yung Namahage • 1 month ago

The Palworld hype train hasn't let up at all since the last time we spoke about it. Not only did it sell over 8 million copies in 6 days, but it managed to become only the second game in Steam history to score over 2 million concurrent players, so it was only a matter of time until the big dogs were forced to take notice. But there's one big dog in particular people were expecting to hear from, and now they've made their first move.

Nintendo are infamously litigous, and people were wondering how soon they'd comment on the controversy arising over Palworld's pals "influence" from their many Pokémon. After one player showed off a mod he made to put Ash Ketchum and a bunch of Pokémon into Palworld, they came down on him like a sack of hammers and removed his all his posts showing it off. Now they're about to come after the game itself, judging by a statement they posted on the official Pokémon Company website:

"We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024. We have not granted any permission for the use of Pokémon intellectual property or assets in that game. We intend to investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokémon. We will continue to cherish and nurture each and every Pokémon and its world, and work to bring the world together through Pokémon in the future."

It's possible they'll be sending the ninjas after Pocketpair like they have with other projects inspired by Nintendo games in the past, but just how much action they're willing to take is anyone's guess. Whatever it may be, if you haven't played Palworld yet, it may not be available forever, so now's the time to check it out if you haven't already.

What do you guys think? Will Nintendo really go after Palworld yet? Have you played it yet? Sound off below!