Unsurprisingly, the fan-made The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2D adaptation has been hit with a copyright notice by Nintendo of America.
The project, Zelda: Breath of the NES was originally an internal proof of concept shown at GDC 2017. It proved so popular that it was planned to be released for free to PC.
WinterDrake, the fan designer behind the game uploaded a playable demo that included a day and night cycle, interactive environment and collectables to itch.io.
Over the weekend, itch.io received a copyright notice from an attorney representing Nintendo of America citing its copyright to The Legend of Zelda and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. WinterDrake shared the notice via Twitter.
— WinterDrake (@WinterDrakeDev) April 30, 2017
While the itch.io version has been taken down, WinterDrake promised to go on and vowed that “the project will come back bigger and better than ever.” With fans suggesting he change the sprites and use of Nintendo owned material, their response was that “I’m going to make the next release a lot bigger than a simple name change.”