Hand-Drawn Game Guides Kickstarter shut down shutdown Nintendo law legal metroid zelda contra ninja gaiden

Nintendo is strict about use of its IP, shutting down fan projects that might conflict with its own projects or confuse its brands. This time around, the Hand-Drawn Game Guides Kickstarter by Phillip Summers has found itself in “legal trouble,” heavily implied to be with Nintendo. The project was to create hand-drawn strategy guides for Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, and a combo book of Contra and Ninja Gaiden. But as a result of said legal trouble, Summers has been forced to shut the Hand-Drawn Game Guides Kickstarter project down, which may come as a disappointment to a lot of people. Summers released a statement on explaining why he had to make this unfortunate decision.

The campaign had managed to raise over $322,000, and the guides were going to include beautiful hand-drawn maps, helpful walkthroughs, and more. Personally, I’m heartbroken by this news, as I was excited to get my hands on these gorgeous guides. This isn’t the first time Nintendo has shut down a huge project like this. The most notorious example of this is probably Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R), which received a DMCA takedown directly from the big N. The move ultimately made sense when Nintendo released an official remake of Metroid II in 2017, Metroid: Samus Returns, but fans were still upset by the removal of this brilliant fan-made game. Unfortunately, this won’t be the last time that Nintendo issues DMCA strikes against these sorts of things.

While the Hand-Drawn Game Guides Kickstarter may have been shut down, I’m excited to see what Summers does in the future. What are your thoughts on this situation?


Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on Zelda Universe and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The chances are you'll also hear him scream Persona.

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