Legend of Zelda fans Scott Lininger and Mike Magee, in celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the original game, recreated the title using voxels, which are the block shapes that were made popular by Minecraft.
The remake, which can be played right on the user's browser through its dedicated Zelda 30 Tribute website, is a direct transformation of the classic NES title into a 3D world due to the usage of voxels. However, it was not expected to last long online, as despite it being a non-profit fan tribute to the Legend of Zelda, the game is still being sold on Nintendo's eShop.
On the website where the game was previously hosted, Lininger and Magee wrote that Nintendo asked them to take down the project due to copyright infringement. The developers were not against the request, and in fact knew that such a thing could happen as Nintendo has every right to do so.
"No complaints from us, we had a blast working on this tribute and made some friends along the way," wrote Lininger and Magee, adding that the project will soon be posted on GitHub once they remove the Nintendo-owned assets from it.
"This was not the greatest game in the world, no. This was just a tribute. Thank you Nintendo for the inspiration!" Lininger and Magee ended their post on the website, along with the music video for Tenacious D's Tribute.
Despite the remake covering only a portion of the original game, half a million users tried it out. It is a shame that it has been taken down, as it was packed with nostalgia with the original Legend of Zelda's music and sound to accompany the project.
Legend of Zelda remains as one of Nintendo's most popular franchises, with the latest installment of the game said to be coming to the Wii U and the upcoming NX console. In the game, it is rumored that players will be able to choose between playing a male or female version of Link.