Breath Of The NES Gets Hit With A DMCA From Nintendo
Breath of the NES
(Last Updated On: May 1, 2017)

WinterDrake, an indie dev, was working on an 8-bit version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was called Breath of the NES and was designed to imitate the gameplay and environments from Breath of the Wild, but in 8-bit form.

It didn’t take long for the project to spread throughout the great expanse of the interwebs via gaming websites looking for a few good clicks, and overnight WinterDrake became a smashing sensation with people taking bets on how long it would be before Nintendo took him to the Smackdown Hotel, tied him to the bed, and spread his legs, and rammed the DMCA vibrator up his rump like Bill Nye jams things up there for butt science. Well, it didn’t take long.

For those of you who can’t read it or access it, it basically says…

[…] “Nintendo recently learned that content available on [] infringes copyrights owned by Nintendo. This notice is provided pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 USC § 512, and’s Terms of Service. We submitted a notice through’s web form yesterday, but the infringing content still appears.”


“I have a good faith belief that this use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. I hereby state that the information herein is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am authorized to act on Nintendo of America Inc.’s behalf.”


“We would appreciate your expeditious removal of all infrining content. Please contact me immediately with any questions.”

It’s interesting that Nintendo didn’t actually find out about the project, nor did they actually personally issue the cease and desist, but the legal team working on their behalf did it.

It does make you wonder if Nintendo would be okay with the project if someone managed to actually ask one of their higher-ups?

Anyway, WinterDrake isn’t giving up. In fact, he says that the project will come back bigger and better than ever before, and I’m sure there will be a DMCA vibrator bigger and better than ever waiting for him along with Nintendo’s legal team.

To his credit, he does mention further down the thread that he will be making the project more original and that the project isn’t entirely dead.

I don’t know how well an 8-bit not-Zelda game would do with not-Zelda hype and not-Zelda marketing hype behind it. The only reason WinterDrake gained any sort of recognition and a bunch of headlines in the press was because it was an 8-bit version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

I guess it’ll be worth keeping an eye on him to see what he does with the project and what his not-Zelda game will be like when it eventually resurfaces.

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  • SevTheBear

    Nintendo’s NO FUN department strikes again

  • RichardGristle

    Why the fuck do these people announce their games before they’re finished then get surprised about legal action?

    Finish it. Put it on the Internet. Profit.

    • fnd

      Actually, that’s zero profit, since it would be free. If Nintendo would be amenable, the guys making it could pick up some donation bucks maybe. There is also the ego issue, helluva drug.

  • mikebrand83

    Surprise factor = 0.

    Especially when this game appears to have been deliberately piggybacking on the fame of the actual 2D Breath of the Wild prototype made by Nintendo.

  • EroBotan

    maybe i should make a zelda game too with zelda on the title, i want to become famous too!