During the announcement festivities for a special gaming event called "Tokaigi Game Party Japan 2015," Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata appeared appeared as a sponsor and made an exciting announcement. Nintendo is now officially allowing their intellectual properties to be used by fans for derivative works. Iwata made this announcement as a video played showing off Let's Plays, music covers, and fanart as examples
Additionally, Nintendo content is now eligible for Nicovideo's (Japanese video service) "Creative Endorsement Program," allowing popular content creators to monetize their Nintendo-related works. We're eager to see if something similar is announced for the West, especially given Nintendo's previous stance that they own all the profits from YouTube videos featuring Nintendo content.
This is exciting news! The article is specifically talking about Let's Plays, fanart and fanmusic but it's unclear whether this stance goes as far as to include mods, but let's hope it does! At the very least, Nintendo is starting to embrace user content.
What do you guys think this means for the future of modding and fan-created content?