Nintendo shut down Full Screen Mario, a fan-made browser-based recreation of the original Super Mario Bros. with a level editor and random map generator, way back in 2013 for violating its copyright, but the company wasn’t able to stop development in the background until today.
Full Screen Mario’s fairly active development community has been working behind the scenes on Github, a popular hosting and collaborating site for developers. The code was still available for players to download, use and modify on their own, a fact that Nintendo finally caught onto recently and sent another DMCA takedown notice.
The code has now been removed from Github, effectively killing development and distribution of its code, at least publicly.
Josh Goldberg, the creator of the game who now works at Microsoft, had referenced the project’s success as recently as two days ago in a post on Medium.