*If this has already been answered, then can someone direct me to a thread similar to this? Thank you!"
So, just recently I got ahold of Nintendo's "legality issues" e-mail address (I put legality issues in quotes because, I don't know what else to call it. Their legal department? lol, whatevs.) See, I have this really awesome idea for another Paper Mario game.
The only problem is, in order for me to proceed with this project I would obviously need to have their characters, backgrounds, etc... right?
Now, before anyone says anything, I understand that most game companies, especially the big ones like Nintendo and such are very strict in giving rights to anyone. I've tried this before, probably 2 or 3 times hoping for a "yes" but would always receive a no.
But this time, I put something in the e-mail I sent, that I didn't normally put before, only because at the time I wasn't completely literate with copyright law. I put that I would give them due credit, and that I wouldn't make any money off the game. I said I would just do it out of pure fun and my love for the game. I also gave them a semi long, but not-too-long background of the game.
Now, I've sent this e-mail to them 2 days ago, and I still haven't gotten a response back. Now, granted, it's the weekend and seeing how big Nintendo is, I seriously doubt they have people work weekends, but I'm just kind of getting tired of being shot down. And, something else I put in my e-mail that I really thought long and hard about mentioning (because this is where I have this sneaky suspicion that they're going to say no period) is, this game would also be using characters from Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars. Well, I want the style of Paper Mario to remain the same as it has throughout the series. That's why they call it Paper Mario. However, I asked if it would be ok if I could alter the characters so that they could look the same style as the characters in Paper Mario. And, I bet that's the dealbreaker, knowing Nintendo.
So, my question is this: If you were Nintendo, what would you say? AND, if you were to say no, in the future what would I need to show Nintendo to even get a possible yes? Would Nintendo want, for example, a Game Design Document?