Nintendo: We killed the DS lookalike app

Company confirms it requested the removal of the Nintendo DS lookalike app, DS DoubleSys, from Apple's App Store.

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The DS DoubleSys iPhone app, a Nintendo DS lookalike (and simulator) that we've been following since it was first made available on Apple's App Store, was removed from the store upon request from Nintendo, Nintendo said in an e-mail.

In response to a request for comment, Nintendo spokesman Charlie Scibetta wrote that his company felt it needed to protect its intellectual property.

"Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of other companies, and in turn expects others to respect ours as well," Scibetta wrote in an e-mail. "Nintendo did seek the removal of this application as we vigorously protect against infringement of our intellectual property rights."

But it didn't end there. Also taken down was the video the app's developer, ZM2 Dev, had posted to YouTube about how the DS DoubleSys app works. In the video's place, a YouTube notice is displayed that reads: "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Nintendo of America."

ZM2 Dev did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There's currently no word on whether or not ZM2 Dev will release a similar, non-infringing app in the near future.

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