Without a doubt, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already being considered by many reviews and fans to be one of the greatest, if not the best game of the year, as it has inspired fans around the world to explore the title’s lush and expansive environments, and it has also encouraged them to play the action-adventure game with an inquisitive nature and eye for experimentation. As a matter of fact, this nearly universal love for the recently released Switch and Wii U title has also motivated fans like Winter Drake, AKA YouTube’s MicroPig Gaming, to make pet projects such as their 2D version of game.
As seen in the trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s fan-made 2D version known as Zelda: Breath of the NES, Drake has made it a free game available for Windows PC that draws inspiration from the two-dimensional prototype that Nintendo originally used to lay the groundwork for BotW of which it showed off at this year’s Game Developers Conference. As it so happens, this latest version of the project has incorporated a day and night cycle, interactive environment, as well as collectibles and enemies similar to both classic Zelda games and the recent Switch and Wii U title.
Zelda: Breath of the NES still has a way to go before it reaches its maximum potential, as Winter Drake has written at the end of the video that they are still looking for pixel artists and music composers to contribute work to the project. Of course, considering Nintendo‘s often fierce protection of its copyrights and intellectual properties, the 2D version of BotW could end up getting cancelled due to a cease and desist from the Big N’s legal department.
In the past, fan made projects relating to Nintendo’s assets have been axed due to the company filing DMCA takedown notices against independent developers who have worked on the unofficial products. For example, a Metroid 2 fan remake got shut down after receiving a complaint from Nintendo, as did a fan’s playful take on No Man’s Sky using Mario as its protagonist.
Nevertheless, it seems as if Winter Drake is pressing on with the project, as the developer has already uploaded the demo to itch.io so that fans can test out how Breath of the Wild’s gameplay would operate in a 2D landscape. Those interested in trying out Drake’s creation can do so by downloading it right here, and they’d better hurry to give it a go before Nintendo catches wind of the situation and shuts it down completely before it gets off the ground.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.
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