Has Nintendo ever blatantly copied a popular franchise?

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2 years ago#1
People say Playstation All Stars Battle Royale was a blatant copy of Super Smash Bros., and whether you agree with that or not, it is extremely common in the video game business to have games that copy each other.

And I'm not just talking about being in the same genre, I mean blatantly being like another popular franchise, commonly trying to reap off the success of a recent popular franchise (like how Kinect Sports was seen in relation with Wii Sports)

My question is, has Nintendo ever done this to a blatant degree, copying of a popular franchise.

Hardware can be counted as well, similar to how Playstation Move is similar to the Wii Remote, or how both the Playstation controllers and XBox controllers both have similar layouts to a SNES controller.
2 years ago#2
Balloon Fight was similar to Joust.
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2 years ago#3
I know I'm in the minority in this belief but metroid is nothing more than a rip off of mega man there i said it
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2 years ago#4
MiltonFink posted...
I know I'm in the minority in this belief but metroid is nothing more than a rip off of mega man there i said it


How so, other than that their both platformers?
2 years ago#5
MiltonFink posted...
I know I'm in the minority in this belief but metroid is nothing more than a rip off of mega man there i said it


Metroid predates Megaman though ....
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2 years ago#6
MiltonFink posted...
I know I'm in the minority in this belief but metroid is nothing more than a rip off of mega man there i said it


? How do you figure?
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2 years ago#7
MiltonFink posted...
I know I'm in the minority in this belief but metroid is nothing more than a rip off of mega man there i said it


Metroid release date: August 6, 1986

Mega Man 1 release date: December 17, 1987
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2 years ago#8
CrystalKing5426 posted...
MiltonFink posted...
I know I'm in the minority in this belief but metroid is nothing more than a rip off of mega man there i said it


Metroid release date: August 6, 1986

Mega Man 1 release date: December 17, 1987


My mistake....Still, though...
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2 years ago#9
MiltonFink posted...
I know I'm in the minority in this belief but metroid is nothing more than a rip off of mega man there i said it

you may not have thought this through
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2 years ago#10
MushroomMuncher posted...
Balloon Fight was similar to Joust.


reminds me of this article

http://www.ign.com/articles/2007/07/21/balloon-fight-review
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