The historic and iconic Legend of Zelda franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. As tribute, a dedicated and ambitious group of Zelda fans were working together to recreate the entire original Legend of Zelda as a 3D browser game. Unfortunately, but completely unsurprisingly, Nintendo does not approve of this use of their IP.
The team has announced today that Nintendo asked them to remove the website for copyright infringement, and they have complied. The team thanked fans for their support and announced that they plan to upload the project to Github so that others can learn from the code they wrote, but first they’ll be removing all Nintendo-owned assets. You can read their statement below.
“Nintendo asked us to remove this site for copyright infringement. I guess Zelda30Tribute was a little too pixel perfect 🙂 We’re sad about that, but we get it. We started this project because we love Nintendo and the joy they have given us throughout the years. From the start of development, we knew this result could potentially happen. Nintendo has every right to protect their IP. No complaints from us, we had a blast working on this tribute and made some friends along the way.
“Big thanks to the half million folks who played our game! We learned a bunch and wrote some code that others might learn from, too. We plan to post the project to Github soon, once we’ve had a chance to remove Nintendo-owned assets. 🙂
“We both have future software projects in the works. If you would like to keep in touch, please follow us on social media or join our mailing list. We’ll let you know!
“This was not the greatest game in the world, no. This was just a tribute. Thank you Nintendo for the inspiration!”