Nintendo Nukes documentary on canceled Zelda Tactics game from YouTube

Link's business is caught off guard after getting Nintendo's latest copyright strike.

picture: Nintendo / YouTube / Kotaku

In October, the DidYouKnowGaming YouTube channel, DidYouKnowGaming, marked the history of gaming Reported in 2004 Pitch Failure to zelda Tactics game on Nintendo DS called Hyrule Heroes. After two months , Mario The manufacturer has now used copyright infringement to remove the video from the internet. The channel, which has made hundreds of videos about Nintendo games and their history, says it’s the first time the company has responded with a takedown notice.

Nintendo has removed the Heroes of Hyrule video from YouTube, DidYouKnowGaming chirp late Wednesday night. “This was a press video documenting a game that Retro Studios delivered to Nintendo nearly 20 years ago. This is an attempt by a large corporation to silence any press it doesn’t like, and a slap in the face for preserving video game history.”

The original video by Contributor d. lava documented Metroid Prime A decades-old developed offering of a zelda The game that looked like a lot Advance Final Fantasy Tactics. It is a turn-based strategy game with puzzle-solving mechanics, and focuses on kids reading a historical book about Ganon’s defeat, and then playing through those historical battles. Children will find new pages and magical objects in their own time that will then affect the battles that took place in the book.

DidYouKnowGaming’s report was pulled from the original 22-page pitch document for the game, as well as an interview with the Retro programmer who penned it, Paul Tozour. While not a game to share early build footage from, I did include some illustrations from the doc (my city included one in Our previous coverage from the video and no legal complaints have been received yet). In addition to describing what the game might be about, the video also talked about studio burnout Metroid Prime 2 At that time, some employees’ desires to take a stab at a different type of project.

A screenshot from DidYouKnowGaming's Heroes of Hyrule video shows a sample demo.

The above is one of the sample illustrations from the Heroes of Hyrule Pitch document that DidYouKnowGaming used in their video.
screenshot: Retro Studios / DidYouKnowGaming

It was a great example of quality type YouTube Games journalism DidYouKnowGaming became famous, and how great moments in the history of the medium can easily be lost without people putting in the time and effort to document them. But apparently, the fact that the stadium was nearly 20 years old and ultimately failing didn’t stop it remarkably litigation Nintendo managed to treat it as a very sensitive trade breaker.

“The Hyrule Heroes The video was created using the same process and video editing style used for most of the other videos on the channel,” said DidYouKnowGaming my city in a letter. “What’s special about the video is that it’s one of the few videos on the channel that documents a part of Nintendo’s history that was first revealed and reported by us.”

A screenshot shows the types of videos DidYouKnowGaming posts.

The Group believes that coverage of the offer falls under the protection of fair use, and sticks to its original reporting. “We heard from several sources during the video’s production that Nintendo was upset at the number of former Nintendo employees who were willing to speak up and share material from unreleased games, flopped pitches and other canceled projects,” the channel said. “This has not deterred us and will not prevent us from documenting the history of video games.”

While the manufacturer Switch has become infamous for YouTube copyright strikes on everything from Free fan mods for Old video game soundtracks, this seems to have taken banality to a whole new level. “This is Nintendo trying to bully and silence independent historical researchers who do a completely above-the-desktop job,” he said. chirp Liam Robertson, who never worked on Hyrule Heroes video but has been a contributor to DidYouKnowGaming in the past. “They shouldn’t pick and choose what is said about them on YouTube.”

Nintendo and YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Correction 8/12/22 10:54AM ET: An earlier version of this article stated that the video was created by channel creator Shane Gil.


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