Nintendo’s history with fan projects, when compared to others in the video game industry, shows that Nintendo needs to treat their fans better.
Many of Nintendo's own fans have become fed up with their recent actions regarding a Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament receiving a cease and desist order from the trading card company-turned video game publisher. According to Nintendo's statement, the tournament was shut down due to how it utilized an emulated version of Melee to use the fan-made rollback netcode for the game. Any form of the competitive tournament being held during the current pandemic would need to be held online, and without a functioning netcode, the Smash series would see little competitive play.
The hashtag "#FreeMelee" trended on Twitter as Smash fans voiced their displeasure with how the series as a whole has been treated as of recent. Members of the fighting game community also chimed it to compare Nintendo's treatment of Smash on a competitive level to other publishers, noting that Nintendo has had a history of providing competitive Smash with far less support than what is normally expected for a fighting game.