An avid Zelda fan is creating a NES-style Zelda game taking inspiration from the recently released Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. The game is called Breath Of The NES is still in early development but Kotaku reached out to the developer behind the project, Micropig Gaming, to get an insight into the development:
“When a lot of people hear about this project, they jump to worrying about a cease and desist from Nintendo. 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.”
They also go on to talk about original items in Breath Of The NES:
“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. “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.”
It’ll be interesting to see how long the project stays active given Nintendo’s track record of putting a stop to their IP being used without permission.
You can download a demo of this game here.