Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2D Fan Project Shut Down, Will Continue In A New Form

Breath of the NES will drop the Zelda references and become an original game.

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A Zelda fan recently released a demo for a project that essentially turned Breath of the Wild's 2D prototype into a playable game. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo has now shut it down, although the developer doesn't plan to abandon their work altogether.

WinterDrake, the fan behind Breath of the NES, has tweeted what they say is a DMCA takedown from Nintendo of America. It complains that the game makes use of various Nintendo copyrights, and as a result, it's no longer available for download through itch.io. Similar fates befell a number of fan projects last year, including a pair of impressive Pokemon titles.

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Despite this inevitable setback, the game will move forward as what WinterDrake describes as a "spin-off project." This will take the form of "a bigger, better original version" that features higher-resolution artwork. They also say that "all of the gameplay and design" from Breath of the NES will make it into the new game.

It seems WinterDrake was anticipating this move from Nintendo. The dev said the move to use the copyrighted material was a "planned decision." Asked specifically why they hadn't waited for the game to be completed and shared before publicizing it, WinterDrake responded, "Not much fun to develop something in silence without getting feedback and publicity."

No specifics about the new game have been shared yet, but you can check out a trailer and some screenshots for the existing version above.

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zeronem

Maybe Nintendo will decide to touch up on and release their Breath of the Wild 2D prototype on eshop for us zelda fans? Would absolutely love to play it

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Tony56723

So they did it for the free publicity

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Barighm

Ah. This was really about free publicity.

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lionheartssj1

Didn't see that coming at all.

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R4gn4r0k

How totally unexpected :O

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clockworkengine

To all the people questioning the developer's wisdom in revealing the project: did you even read the article? If the man's plan works out, he might have a lot of eyes on his project that otherwise wouldn't have cared. Yet another software developer who had the brains and lack of integrity necessary to use BotW's momentum for personal gain.

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Wow2

@clockworkengine: if they aren't reading the article your long post isn't being read either. Everyone else got it, free press.

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clockworkengine

@wow2: Three sentences is long? Anyway, it certainly didn't look like everyone got it, lol!

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LTJohnnyRico

@clockworkengine: This guy gets it !!

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ahpuck

I'm still amazed people think they can get away with stuff like this. Stupid is, stupid does. I guess.

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lucas182

Its Nintendo. If your poop looked like the Master Sword, they'd send cease and desist orders straight to your toilet.

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Wow2

@lucas182: same with your favorite company: Apple, Disney, Microsoft and Mom.

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lucas182

@wow2: Have a cookie

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angrycreep

I saw this project for the first time a week ago and i posted a comment telling the creator

( Instead of trying to get attention why don't you lay low and keep working and finish it and release the damn thing)

a week later Nintendo took it down. I actually went to this page and i almost downloaded that Demo and ended up not doing it. Too bad.

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darksouls

Shocking

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Blade_Runner_07

Would be great to get the full version of this "zelda" game on XONE and PS4. It was a labor of love, obviously. It's a shame Nintendo sought a shut down, but this opens new doors.

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Blade_Runner_07

@sellingthings: Well being 30 I didn't really have a choice as to what I played in 1994. Nintendo was the system to have and as true as it is today, Mario, Zelda, and whatever Rare was making were usually your reasons for buying it. Just these days those two franchises are the ONLY reason to buy a Nintendo console for me these days. Nintendo isnt really doing what they did when I fell in love with so it only stands to reason that when Nintendo sent their 3rd party packing, I went with.

I can't wait to play this on a non-nintendo console when/if that happens. Right now XONE has more N64 and NES games playable on it than the Switch. When Rare replay was announced Nintnedo had to act fast to get another N64 game on the virtual console for Wii U or that would have been true of the Wii U as well. When it comes to older gamers PS4/ONE is the way to go. You get the new mature stuff like GTA/COD/DOOM as well as alot of throwbacks like Ducktales, Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie too.

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Wow2

@Blade_Runner_07: i'm happy with a Nintendo system these pass two generations. PS4 and Xbone have been shit until 2016. Rehash more. Last time I got more than one system was PS1/N64 and Xbox/gamecube. That was a good era. This one has been bloated with remakes and crap. I'll dance to Nintendo just as you dance for Apple

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Blade_Runner_07

@wow2: Apple? I've never. Not even Samsung.

All I know is there are about a dozen more games that appeal to me on either PS4 or XONE compared to any Nintendo console in the last decade. I try not to break the bank with this hobby and between Nintendos "competitive" prices and lack of so many AAA games it's difficult to justify a purchase. Games like Mario Kart, Smash Bros. and most of there other franchises have barely changed since 2003.

You can argue the same for.... lets say, Halo. Been around for 15 long years and these great games have barely changed. If you got your fill, your probably good.

The difference being I can pick up a brand new copy of The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5 as well as a new Xbox One S for a grand total of around $300. That gets me five games and a console with alot of future prospects. I'm not at the mercy of Microsoft and it's 2nd party developers as my sole providers of quality games. Alot of people forget about that and focus on what Microsoft and Sony are putting out themselves, but I personally shop by third party support. It doesnt matter if a console has Skyrim, or the next Dragonball game coming out back to back, most games only last me about a month before I gotta shelve them awhile, and the less there is to play during other games shelf time, the worse off you are. If I bought a switch i would be on the verge of shelving Zelda about now, that leaves me with nothing I can;t find a better version of somewhere else.

Point being that Nintendo makes it prohibitively expensive to be a "Nintendo gamer" this day and age. When I was a kid the Nintendo consoles were the ones to own and it was easy to be the aforementioned. We didnt have alot of money so what console you chose was what you had for 3 years. About half way through the gamecube life-span it became very noticeable that big titles like GTA, KOTOR, and the like wouldn't be coming to the Gamecube and that would only get worse. It did.

I'm just happy I went with Xbox 360 and not a Wii. There are countless games i would have missed out on had I stranded myself on the Mario machine.

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Torturedone

@sellingthings: I'm not a PC master race guy and I like Nintendo, but you can emulate just about all their games on PC...

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Torturedone

@sellingthings: You have to be kidding, or naive of the reality of it if you believe that. CEMU has BOTW working better on PC right now then the switch or wii u versions... It took about a month. Motion controls are pretty finicky on the wii / wii u, etc anyways.

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chiefwiggum16

Man no one saw this coming.......

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LouiXIII

I think EVERYBODY called this one. They knew Nintendo wasn't having that.

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iandizion713

Thank you Nintendo.

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darksouls

@iandizion713: Lol

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Furwings

Of course Nintendo shut this down. Did anyone actually watch any of the behind the scenes or making of Breath of the Wild videos?! Nintendo already designed or at least laid the groundwork for a 2D Breath of the Wild game with 8-bit NES-style graphics! They could either build a full game out of this and sell it on the eShop or they could make a Zelda Maker type game out of it. Either way they don't want a potentially competing game out there to possibly lower sales.

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amaneuvering

Just change the sprite work and music/sfx and sorted.

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fig56

He was going off the hype of Breath of the Wild. He knew he was going to have to change things after the ban hammer came flying down on his initial project. Face it, without any kind of publicity it's hard for a original project to get off the ground let alone garner any kind of publicity. Smart move.

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LTJohnnyRico

@fig56: Indeed !

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GirlUSoCrazy

Maybe they shouldn't have been accepting donations, does not seem in good faith regarding profiting off someone else's content

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Lord_Sesshy

But Nintendo hates fans doing anything with their games. (they just seem to hate things that do good things for them.......NESC......) I'm sure they are scheming on a way to get it taken down again even after the changes.

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hughesyboozy

@Lord_Sesshy: No, they do what they do to protect their IP. Otherwise its fair game. Every company does the same, if they don't protect it they will be in a lot of trouble legally.

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Wow2

@hughesyboozy: most video game players don't think of the legality and crap it could cause. Just the next mountain dew and fps.

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Lord_Sesshy

@hughesyboozy: Nintendo is notorious for it though. Most companies actually don't care about fan made products as long as you don't make money off it. There are tons of Halo fan made projects that MS, Bunige (when they made Halo) and 343i actually encourage people to make.