Update (April 8, 2016)
As expected, Nintendo asked Scott and Mike to have the tribute game removed due to copyright infringement.
“Nintendo asked us to remove this site for copyright infringement. I guess Zelda30Tribute was a little too pixel perfect :-),” they said.
“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.”
The duo is planning to post the revised version of the game to Github in the future after they have taken out all Nintendo-owned assets.
“This was not the greatest game in the world, no. This was just a tribute. Thank you Nintendo for the inspiration!”
The original story is below.
Before Nintendo will have it removed.
It’s been 30 years since The Legend of Zelda was introduced to fans and they have been hooked to the game since then. Now two fans have created a playable voxel-based The Legend of Zelda as tribute to the popular game’s 30th anniversary.
The pair, Scott Lininger and Mike Magee, recreated the Zelda tribute game in 3D version and uploaded it on the web for anyone, fan and non-fan alike, to play for free.
Kotaku wrote that the Zelda tribute game is entirely built in WebGL, combining 3D voxels with the sound effects, music, and fundamental ideas which Nintendo protects extremely. It is currently hosted at Zelda30Tribute.com and can be accessed through mobile or PC-based web browser using on-screen controls or keyboard.
Mike admitted through the Zelda tribute game’s official Facebook page that it is “not a 100% finished overworld” and encourages players to give feedback on their experiences and the bugs they’ve encountered along the way via Facebook or Twitter.
Htxt.africa has already tried out the Zelda tribute game briefly and found it great despite the hitches and lag they have to deal with. The demo game includes 3 out of the original game’s 9 dungeons.
Nintendo might found this Zelda tribute game a violation of their property rights though, and will demand to have it taken down from the web despite the developers not earning money from it. Let’s just hope that they will turn a blind eye just this once, as this is a labor of love from die-hard fans who just want to give others a chance to experience the fun of playing The Legend of Zelda game.
So start playing the Zelda tribute game now while it is still available!
Photo Credit: Gamesbeat