The high rule of Nintendo
The gang behind Did You Know Gaming has been doing an absolutely stellar job of chronicling Nintendo’s history, including looks at never-announced games, prototypes and more. As you might have guessed, Nintendo isn’t exactly a fan of their coverage, and it seems they’ve stepped in to squash a recent release.
Did You Know Gaming has confirmed that their Heroes of Hyrule video was smacked with a copyright strike. This means the video is no longer available for fans to watch, and DYKG has commented on the situation.
“Nintendo has removed our Heroes of Hyrule video from YouTube. This was a journalistic video documenting a game that Retro Studios pitched to Nintendo nearly 20 years ago. This is an attempt by a large corporation to silence whatever journalism they don’t like, and a slap in the face for video game history preservation. We are exploring all available options to restore the video.”
It’s extremely likely Nintendo won’t comment on this situation at all. There’s no doubt the Big N is upset with DYKG sharing never-before-seen details on these pitched Legend of Zelda projects, and clearly they believe they have legal ground to stand on in taking the video down. Nintendo obviously has deep pockets should this go a courtroom route, and you can bet DYKG wants to avoid that at all costs, literally.
As DYKG said, they’re looking for a way to bring the video back online. It’s not clear what path they could take to do that, but hopefully we see the feature return in the near future. For now, you can see a summary of the video in our previous coverage.