Pokemon Prism, the fan-made ROM hack for Pokemon Crystal, has been make available online.
Pokemon Prism creator Koolboyman shut down his website and the project after receiving a cease and desist from Nintendo last week. Shortly thereafter, however, the files for the hack circulated on 4chan by fans allegedly unaffiliated with the project who, in an accompanying text file (via Kotaku), referred to themselves as “a group of people interested in seeing ROM hacks succeed.”
Kotaku reached out to group of anonymous distributors to find out why they took it upon themselves to make the ROM hack available to the public. “Regardless of Nintendo’s legal rights, we do believe that they are destroying their fans’ hard work for no reason and at no gain,” they said. “Nintendo could have used this (and any other good ROM hack) as an opportunity to promote the Pokémon series in general. They don’t even have to do anything other than let the games live.”