One cycle that seems to be never-ending with Nintendo is the ongoing battle with copyright infringement. Fans do a fan project, it gets popular, Nintendo orders it taken down. The latest example of this has been the Breath Of The NES fan game, an 8-bit recreation of Breath Of The Wild’s demo from this year’s GDC. For a good while, you could download the game for yourself and try it out. That is now no longer the case, as Nintendo has issued a takedown of the game. However, according to the creator of the fan game, the project will continue with different characters. Below is the creator’s tweets and the takedown notice that Nintendo had issued to them, so feel free to check them out.
Dear Support Team,
We represent Nintendo of America Inc. (“Nintendo”) in intellectual property matters. Nintendo recently learned that content available at https://winterdrake.itch.io/breath-of-the-nes-zelda-fangame infringes copyrights owned by Nintendo. This notice is provided pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 USC § 512, and itch.io’s Terms of Service. We submitted a notice through itch.io’s web form yesterday, but the infringing content still appears.
This page linked above provides access to downloadable files that violate itch.io’s Terms of Service and infringe Nintendo’s copyrights in its The Legend of Zelda video game franchise, including but not limited to the audiovisual work, images, and fictional character depictions from the following: U.S. Copyright Reg. Nos. VA0001419268 (Link character); PA0000356140 (The Legend of Zelda); and PA0002028142 (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild).
I have a good faith belief that this use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. I hereby state that the information herein is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am authorized to act on Nintendo of America Inc.’s behalf.
We would appreciate your expeditious removal of all infringing content. Please contact me immediately with any questions.
This notice is not intended to and shall not waive or prejudice any rights and remedies that Nintendo may have at law, in equity, or otherwise. Any and all such rights and remedies are hereby expressly reserved.
Attorney for Nintendo of America Inc.