Last week, a flurry of news items flew out across the internet with giddy Zelda fans eagerly rushing to the fan-made site that recreated The Legend of Zelda, calling it Zelda 30 Tribute. The game could be played across any platform with browser access and the fandom rejoiced.
According to a post on the site, however, Nintendo cited copyright infringement and forced the site to shut down.
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!
You can check out the letter on the Zelda 30 Tribute page.