When we reported on Breath of the NES, Winter Drake's 8-bit take on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the indie developer made it clear that if Nintendo did decide to take legal action to prevent distribution of the game then production would continue with different characters.

That moment has come a little sooner than expected, as Nintendo has already filed a takedown notice against the game and it is currently not available for download from Drake's site.

Despite being realistic about the game's chances - and acknowledging that Nintendo has every right to defend its IP - the developer is understandably disappointed by these events:

It stinks that Nintendo treats fan games this way. It's unfortunate that this came so soon, as I won't be able to release the massive update that was planned for this week.

Winter Drake intends to replace the Zelda visuals with more advanced 32-bit graphics, which could take some time:

Ideally I'd like to make the final game a big cross-platform release on Steam. I may even start a Kickstarter once I can show off what the new game will have to offer.

Thanks to Kalmaro for the tip!

[via kotaku.com, winterdrake.itch.io]