Nintendo recently showed off a 2D version of Zelda they used to develop the interactive world of Breath of the Wild, their latest Zelda release. To the dismay of fans, Nintendo said they would probably never release the prototype.
Naturally, a fan is taking matters into his own hands. Designer Winter Drake has released his own version of the 2D game, which he’s currently dubbing “Zelda: Breath of the NES” over at itch.io.
Kotaku recently interviewed him on the project:
“This project is still in its early stages…I’ll be adding more areas with distinct elements and atmospheres, puzzle elements for dungeons, and lots of ways to creatively kill enemies.
“I don’t feel the need to be bound to BOTW’s exact structure,” Winter Drake said. “For example, one of the original items in the game is a ‘Byoki Berry,’ which the game tells you is poisonous to humans. However, if you drop a Byoki berry near some Octorocks, they’ll flock to it ignoring everything else, allowing you to trap them, kill them, or sneak by.
“I have a lot of plans for original features in the game, and although I’d like to capture the spirit of BotW and NES Zelda, I’m not restricting myself to be perfectly faithful.”
Will Nintendo shut him down?
“When a lot of people hear about this project, they jump to worrying about a cease and desist from Nintendo,” Winter Drake told Kotaku. “While I’m going to stay hardworking on Breath of the NES for as long as I can, if Nintendo asks me to stop using their IP, I do plan to continue development with my own original characters. I’m having way too much fun creating this world to just give up.”
You can follow the game’s development on Drake’s twitter.