Nintendo Responds to Zelda Netflix TV Show Rumors

"The article in question is not based on correct information," company president Satoru Iwata says.

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Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal--citing an anonymous source--reported that Nintendo was working on a live-action Legend of Zelda Internet TV show for Netflix. It turns out, however, that this may not be true.

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has now told Time: “As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information."

You'll notice that Iwata's statement doesn't flat-out deny that such a production is in the works. GameSpot will continue to follow this story as it unfolds.

According to The WSJ's source, Netflix's Zelda TV show is aiming to be "Game of Thrones for a family audience."

Nintendo is known for being extremely protective of its franchises, only allowing a handful of TV/movie adaptations to date. Legend of Zelda was produced as an animated show, but it ran for only one season in 1989. And of course, the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie was a trainwreck.

More recently, leaked emails revealed that Sony and Nintendo were discussing a new Mario movie. Spider-Man producer Avi Arad is reportedly brokering a deal with Nintendo to obtain the Mario film rights. Contrary to earlier reports, Arad says negotiations with Nintendo are not finalized, but rather "just the beginning."

Nintendo's next core Zelda game, an open-world title for Wii U, will be released later this year.

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GSEdgemanx

I hope nothing comes of this and the show is never made.

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matguimond92

Keep Nintendo away from Television series PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

Yes I know Pokemon has the Anime and Manga and all that jazz,

but Mario and Zelda don't belong on tv.

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Maui_Lion

<< LINK REMOVED >> The Super Mario Bros. Super Show begs to differ.

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BlueFlameBat

I'm pretty sure The Legend of Zelda animated series did stream on Netflix a couple of years ago.

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BlueFlameBat

"Game of Thrones for a family audience."

Oh God no!

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crazyguy111

It would be about a fantasy story about a teenager who saves a girl from from a bad guy. This is so original and has never been done before. Why didn't anyone think of this concept before?

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The_Black_Smurf

If Netflix did it it would be a 13 part miniseries that the critics call 'sloooooow burn' and 'smoldering' - - basically 12 hrs of no dialog, plot, action or anything except depressed people staring into space.

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Aleksa8

<< LINK REMOVED >> I've... never seen a show do that on Netflix exclusives. In fact, Lillyhammer was hysterically funny and full of events.

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maniaxe613

I thought the article would be about the Zelda cartoon. Well excuuuuuse me, princess!

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elheber

Am I the only person that thinks a live action Zelda show/movie should be a childhood fantasy story starring a boy/child (like Pan's Labyrinth, Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Lion/Witch/Wardrobe, etc.) instead of a young-adult adventure story starring an older Link? I know it's much more difficult to find a qualified actor for child roles, but Link's stories are more about being a small child thrust into a overwhelming quest in an enormous world. Small fish in a big pond is essential.

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elheber

What if Link did say the "excuse me" line, except instead of sarcastically, he snuck it in earnestly and in a way you didn't notice he said it until a minute later?

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SWBF2Pilot

<< LINK REMOVED >> That would be glorious.

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coop36

Nintendo is good at keeping most of their stuff under wraps until theyre ready to discuss it fully. Sounds like he didnt flat out deny it at least.

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levolden

Avi Arad? No no no! Keep that man away from ALL OF THE THINGS!

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fluffy_kins

Good. It would have been a disaster

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ballaShotCaller

<< LINK REMOVED >> he didn't say it wasn't in planning, he said the source of the article was incorrect.

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Paulf001

If they do make it Link has to at least say it once, well excuse me princess.

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chieflion

who wants a zelda show


i cant handle anymore exuse me princessess


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BrunoBRS

anonymous source on a news post on january predicting a gritty nintendo live action TV show was fake?


YOU DON'T SAY.

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Jinzo_111887

Protective of their franchises? Pokemon says "Hi!"

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Stebsis

If they make this and it doesn't have the "excuuuse me, princess" line, it's immediately just crap.

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Metallinatus

"According to The WSJ's source, Netflix's Zelda TV show is aiming to be 'Game of Thrones for a family audience.'"

I so hope so.... it will be a Hell of a show if it happen.

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Barighm

<< LINK REMOVED >> Skyrim would make a much better universe for that sort of show though.

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Metallinatus

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Not really.

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zyxahn

I don't see how a live action Zelda show would work. It would be unintentionally funny to me unless they drastically change his dress code. Like they did for Batman. They damn sure would have to get rid of Mr. Tingle. =P

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mlpreble

<< LINK REMOVED >> It would star Tingle.

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Homey_D_Clown

Gamespot is becoming the TMZ of videogame news!

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Thanatos2k

So since they didn't say no, when they would have if it wasn't true - the answer is yes.

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TrevorZyla

The original article didn't seem like they really had a solid idea of the TV show anyways, seemed more like some guy at Netflix was like "HEY WOULDN'T IT BE COOL IF WE MADE A ZELDA SHOW?" and people ran that as a story.

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5hd6j

Please be an April Fools joke and tell me this isn't being made

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NiteX

<< LINK REMOVED >> April fools in February?

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catsimboy

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Wow you spell 'March' really weird.

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jetxski

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Best comment chain 2013

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Rapanbub

Oh thank goodness, live-action Zelda series man just damn. I couldn't believe It.

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ello432

prolly just misinformation and confusion with the live action fan made Zelda trailer still could be a web series and in a manner of speaking netflix made shows are wed series or it's a different IP or Nintendo's new TV plan like the other 2 only with their own shows added in.

the Super Mario movie to this day has my favorite uncalled for product placement in that at the scene with the bob-omb its wearing Reebok shoes. but Sony please don't make another one and leave that cheesy movie to rot

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iandizion713

O we all know whats coming to mobile ;)

We bout to get our fix.

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5hd6j

<< LINK REMOVED >> Low brow crap, that's what.

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iandizion713

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> haters gone hate the greats.

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5hd6j

<< LINK REMOVED >> It will grate, that's for certain.

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ello432

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> DeNA makes good games have you tried one final fantasy record bearers is excellent Nintendo picked the right partner

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Thanatos2k

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Was that supposed to be an example of a GOOD game?

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ello432

<< LINK REMOVED >> yes its an exellent example of the care DeNA take with others IP's, fantastic music for one, a kool take of the snes graphics days, yes it only recaps all best battles from the final fantasy franchise and freemium is only used to speed the game up not to finish it and its not that slow. 4.7 out of 5 base on a just under 1000 reviews on android make that fact your opinion not the majorities.

instead of trying to be snarky why tell us why you didn't like the game

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Thanatos2k

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> How about the fact that it's a game that doesn't exist?

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ello432

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> my apology its Final Fantasy Record Keeper

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5hd6j

<< LINK REMOVED >> Pardon me for a moment I need to vomit

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ello432

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i'll take that as you herd of DeNA with everyone else last week and never played their games

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5hd6j

<< LINK REMOVED >> I have and they're garbage, as are the majority of mobile games in general.

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5hd6j

Please no. A live action adaptation would be on the level of terrifying abominations such as 80's cartoon Zelda and Philips-CDi Zelda.

Seal this evil and speak of this no more.

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Too-DementeD

Well excuuuuuuuuse me, Princess.

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