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.
— Philip Summers (@heyphilsummers) September 4, 2021
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?