Saven wrote:Square Enix and Nintendo are the most strict when it comes to fangames and such. I would never recommend making a fangame out of any of their games.
Square-Enix are obsessively strict, but Nintendo don't give a damn. There are literally hundreds of Mario fangames (http://www.mfgg.net/
) - so many that they actually have awards ceremonies for the best produced each year, and a huge number of Metroid fangames, etc. And they're all perfectly safe. Sega don't go after Sonic fangames either - there have been countless released, and none have gotten any legal warnings as far as I'm aware.
Capcom are also totally cool with fan-games. Plenty of Megaman fangames. Hell, Megaman: 8-Bit Deathmatch was just released recently.
Square-Enix are just crazy - they recently ended up with the license to the Carmageddon series. Games which were by a small UK studio and haven't seen a release (or even re-release) in a decade. It had nothing whatsoever to do with Square as a company, but when they found out that a fan was trying to make an updated Carmageddon game, they dropped the hammer on him.
They're flat-out crazy, and there's no legal reason for it. You don't lose trademarks/copyrights if you let fans create derivative works. If that were the case, Nintendo wouldn't own Mario, George Lucas wouldn't own Star Wars and so on.