During the most recent Nindies Showcase, we were surprised to learn that Nintendo is lending one of their most popular franchises to an indie developer for a crossover game. Brace Yourself Games, developers of Crypt of the NecroDancer, are making a Hyrule-themed sequel called Cadence of Hyrule. So how did this partnership come about?
Game Informer set out to find the answer to this question. Ben Hanson inquired about the process in a Nindies interview with Nintendo’s Kirk Scott, and he was told that the process is “organic.” Scott said that indies shouldn’t just reach out to Nintendo and ask, but that they might, for instance, run into a Nintendo producer at a bar and strike up a conversation.
Imran Khan then put forward a different scenario. Khan claims he was contacted by “someone who would know” that gave him the real scoop on Cadence of Hyrule. According to Khan’s unnamed source, the real reason Brace Yourself Games got to work with the Zelda IP is that Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto and producer Eiji Aonuma are huge fans of Crypt of the NecroDancer. Khan says the duo became addicted to the game after its release on Switch and decided they had to get in contact with the developers.
Obviously, Nintendo and Brace Yourself Games have not confirmed the validity of this story, but if true that must be a huge ego boost for the NecroDancer team. Miyamoto has inspired and excited countless developers over the years, so getting him addicted to your game to the point that he wants to hand you the reigns to Zelda is quite the achievement!