We knew it was only a matter of time with Nintendo already shutting down fan-made games such as Pokemon Uranium and AM2R. Nintendo has now pulled Breath of the NES, which was a mix of a remake of The Legend of Zelda on the Nintendo Entertainment System using design aspects of Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch.
Winter Drake made a statement along with Nintendo’s legal takedown (which you can see below). He has made it clear that he’ll continue to develop the game without Zelda characters.
A demo for the game was already available, but has now been pulled at Nintendo’s request.
Honestly, this is a massive shame. It’s obvious that this breaks Nintendo’s copyright, but it was actually a nice looking 2D Zelda game.
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