It is now official: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is available across the globe on Nintendo Switch. However, yesterday brought an all-new calamity in the form of the ban hammer from Nintendo. Multiple streamers on Twitch took to Twitter to inform their audiences that Nintendo had banned them from the popular streaming platform over Age of Calamity. Nintendo has claimed that this was because of “copyright infringement” and/or gameplay from an unreleased video game. This is particularly odd considering that the game was available in a variety of regions including Australia, Japan, and all of Europe.
Fortunately, the bans are temporary, lasting for 48 hours from when the ban was imposed. Nintendo is known to be quite strict with content creators over the use of its properties. This isn’t the first time this has happened, and these Age of Calamity bans are only the latest episode. Two of the affected streamers are quite large within the Nintendo community. Linkus7 is a well known influencer in the Zelda community, holding the world record for a variety of speed runs in The Legend Zelda: The Wind Waker. The other streamer is REVERSAL, who is also a well-known character who dabbles in Nintendo content creation, primarily the Pokémon series.
BRO DID I JUST GET BANNED ON TWITCH FOR AGE OF CALAMITY?! pic.twitter.com/kKdEX6Yhkm
— REVERSAL (@REVERSALx7) November 19, 2020
Despite all of this nonsense and arbitrary bans, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is indeed now available for Nintendo Switch. The game looks fantastic and we’ll be delivering our impressions in the near future.