Nintendo kills 3D 'Zelda' tribute game on the web

The developers plan to strip Nintendo's IP and make the code open source.

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Nintendo kills 3D 'Zelda' tribute game on the web

About a half million people were amused by a browser-based Zelda tribute, but Nintendo's lawyers weren't among them. As we predicted, the company told the folks behind Zelda30Tribute to take it down on account of copyright infringement. "I guess [the game] was a little too pixel perfect," say developers Scott Lininger and Mike Magee. Overall, the duo feel that building the 2.5D enhanced demo was worth the legal action, though. "We learned a bunch and wrote some code that others might learn from, too," they say.

That means it's not quite the end of the fun. Magee and Lininger plan to strip out Nintendo's Moublins and other IP and replace them with "triangles and such." They'll then post the source code on GitHub where anyone can play or add to it. They might want to take care to do a thorough job on removing that IP, however, as Nintendo is ultra-touchy on fan remakes and even YouTube gameplay content.
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