[GameSpot Japan] 7/25- Nintendo has announced to file a copyright lawsuit against game distributor Enterbrain and developer Tirnanog Co., for their co-produced Playstation game "Tear Ring Saga". Enterbrain is also well known as the publisher of the major weekly game magazine, Famitsu.
Claiming the game to be a copyright infringement of their "Fire Emblem" series and having been marketed under a closely resembling name of "Emblem Saga" until a month and half before its sale, Nintendo has filed a lawsuit through the District court of Tokyo to halt the production, sales and distribution of the game, including 258.3 million Yen in damages against Enterbrain and Tirnanog.
Nintendo comments, "The game's content extraordinarily resembles the Fire Emblem series, and
is bringing false recognition to users with the demand [of Fire Emblem]."
In addition to Enterbrain and Tirnanog, Nintendo is also suing Tirnanog's President Shouzo Kaga, known as a producer of the original Fire Emblem series.
"According to Nintendo, the contents, characters and scenario in "Tear Ring Saga" - a Playstation game software by Tirnanog(Kyoto, Minami) and Enterbrain(Tokyo, Setagaya) strongly resembles that of the [Fire Emblem] series.
Despite multiple warnings to change the game's content or halt distribution, the two companies neglected to respond, resulting in Nintendo to act."
Nintendo rarely sues anyone within Japan, let alone a major company that has great power in the media. Keeping in mind that marketing is normally done by the distributor, this will surely put a dent into the creditability of Enterbrain. -H. Moriarty