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Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2D Fan Game Gets Taken Down

posted on 2017-05-01 17:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

If there's one thing fans can reliably count on, it's Nintendo sending a DMCA notice to makers of fan games based on the company's properties. The latest victim is Winter Drake, the developer behind "Zelda: Breath of the NES," a combo of Nintendo's latest The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch and the classic graphics of the original Legend of Zelda.

The project was inspired by Nintendo's own 2D prototype of Breath of the Wild and a demo was released late last month. The game news cycle picked up on the demo, and not long after, Nintendo of America did as well. The demo is no longer hosted on the developer's webpage and Winter Drake is now revamping the game with original graphics so it no longer infringes on Nintendo's copyrighted property.

Developers Mike McGee and Scott Lininger found themselves in a similar predicament last year after making and hosting a browser game that took the original pixel art from the NES game and brought it into a 3D world. McGee and Lininger plan to relaunch the browser game without any Nintendo IP in the future.

[Via Shuji Ishimoto at Automaton]


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