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Nintendo issues unsurprising take down notice for fan-made Zelda

"Breath of the NES" developer publishes email from NoA attorney

Nintendo has issued a request for a fan-made 2D take on the Zelda: Breath of the Wild to be taken offline, citing IP infringement.

Development on the project was inspired by a recently revealed 2D prototype for the latest Zelda game, Breath of the Wild. Developer WinterDrake had been working on the project quite publicly for sometime, hosting a demo download of the game on indie hub Itch.io, but Tweeted an email at the weekend which came from an attorney acting for Nintendo, requesting that the download be removed.

WinterDrake has complied with the order, and is planning on changing art assets and other potential IP infringements in order to continue work on the game without fear of litigation. Nintendo's response to that decision is as yet unknown.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 months ago
What an attention grab this was... and it worked, sort of. Dude goes on record saying he'd redo the game if Nintendo came at him, got all that attention AND collected money for his project (big no-no). Nintendo shuts him down as predicted, but his Plan B means he keeps going, but it's clear he was thinking he'd probably get little to no attention for his project if it was a wholly original game with his own characters.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 months ago
I do wish they'd develop some kind of content maker outreach program. Rather than have the legal department simply going all...well, legal, on them. They could turn all this negative attention into something positive.
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Keldon Alleyne Developer, leader, writer, Avasopht Ltd4 months ago
"Fan made?" No, this is just a developer profiting off of IP, copying the mechanic we all saw in Nintendo's Breath of the Wild prototype.
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 4 months ago
No sympathy should be given for anyone who makes their own games based off of anyone else's IP. If they didn't see it coming a mile away then how they're smart enough to write a game is beyond me.

@Greg. Exactly, it's a cash grab using Nintendo as a tool to elicit sympathy for his plight As we've seen many times before, a well calculated and set up sob story can net you six figures.
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