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Usually, when a publisher takes in a game from a developer, the developer sells the rights to the idea. Meaning the publisher takes full ownership of all trademarks to the game and the contents that go with them, while the developers own nothing. Nintendo does things a bit differently. If you look at the copyright info for all of their non-in-house properties, you'll notice that most of them are jointly owned by their respective developers, in conjunction with Nintendo. Nintendo's really the only major publisher who let's most of their studios keep partial ownership of the IP. Why is that? 

Is it because Nintendo trusts developers more, or has some philosophy regarding letting developers keep some of their work?



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Are we talking about Nintendo co-owning Pokemon with Game Freak?



You should list those games for a start, because I don't think it's true in the first place.



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RolStoppable said:
You should list those games for a start, because I don't think it's true in the first place.

^This.



Welp, you've convinced me. I haven't seen a case constructed so well since the OJ Simpson trial.



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RolStoppable said:
You should list those games for a start, because I don't think it's true in the first place.

CaptainExplosion said:

^This.

pokoko said:
Welp, you've convinced me. I haven't seen a case constructed so well since the OJ Simpson trial.

Look at any Fire Emblem and Kirby title as an example. The Copyright notice is always "©20XX Nintendo/INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS".



TheMisterManGuy said:
RolStoppable said:
You should list those games for a start, because I don't think it's true in the first place.

Look at any Fire Emblem and Kirby title as an example. The Copyright notice is always "©20XX Nintendo/INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS".

Intelligent Systems is a branch of Nintendo's in-house development teams, so it's really just another name for Nintendo.

HAL Laboratory is independent. They came up with Kirby and Nintendo financially aided them.

Both of your examples date back to the early 1990s. That's three decades ago and hardly indicative of how Nintendo does business now.



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TheMisterManGuy said:

Look at any Fire Emblem and Kirby title as an example. The Copyright notice is always "©20XX Nintendo/INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS".

That's your example?  They are practically a 2nd party developer.  This has a list of games from them:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_Systems

I'm actually surprised they haven't been turned into a 1st party developer.



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RolStoppable said:
TheMisterManGuy said:

Look at any Fire Emblem and Kirby title as an example. The Copyright notice is always "©20XX Nintendo/INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS".

Intelligent Systems is a branch of Nintendo's in-house development teams, so it's really just another name for Nintendo.

HAL Laboratory is independent. They came up with Kirby and Nintendo financially aided them.

Both of your examples date back to the early 1990s. That's three decades ago and hardly indicative of how Nintendo does business now.

IS is technically independent from Nintendo actually. They aren't listed as a subsidiary on the company's press sites. If you want a more recent example, Astral Chain. The copyright notice is "©2019 Nintendo/Platinum Games, Inc."



TheMisterManGuy said:
RolStoppable said:

Intelligent Systems is a branch of Nintendo's in-house development teams, so it's really just another name for Nintendo.

HAL Laboratory is independent. They came up with Kirby and Nintendo financially aided them.

Both of your examples date back to the early 1990s. That's three decades ago and hardly indicative of how Nintendo does business now.

IS is technically independent from Nintendo actually. They aren't listed as a subsidiary on the company's press sites. If you want a more recent example, Astral Chain. The copyright notice is "©2019 Nintendo/Platinum Games, Inc."

Platinum Games owns the Astral Chain IP. Nintendo just publishes it. So it is not a co-owned IP. The copyright goes to both of them because Nintendo is the publisher. It is not the same as Nintendo owning the IP. 

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