Nintendo’s lawyers are busy hunting for unofficial content that uses company games. Sued by the developer, artist Philip Summers was creating detonated for the first titles of the Metroidseries, Legend of Zelda, Ninja Gaiden and Contra,with beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. On Kickstarter, the project had raised $300,000 before it was canceled.
Since 2018, Summers has worked on illustrated — unofficial guides — for the four franchises, called “Hand-Drawn Detonated.” The artist’s idea was to get players back in the past, recreating the feeling of detonated folear to pass the stage and find secrets. These books were even more special, as they had the beautiful hand-drawn illustrations by Summers.
The illustrated guides soon succeeded on Kickstarter, drawing the attention not only of players interested in buying the books, but also from Nintendo, who were not happy to see a person profiting from usas intellectual properties. Last Saturday (4), Summers announced the end of the project with the following sentence:
Creator of the detonated knew the risks of the project
Even disappointed, Summers knew the risks when marketing the guides. In addition to the difficulties of mass-producing and shipping around the world, nintendo’s chance to involve the sale of the books —and that’s what happened. After having the project cancelled, the artist took advantage of the announcement to thank the supporters.
It is worth noting that hand-drawn detonated had only illustrations of Summers. The three guides would be released in February 2022 and were being sold for $25. In the coming days, users who collaborated with the project will be reimbursed by Kickstarter.
This isn’t the first time Nintendo has closed interesting projects created by fans of the developer’s franchises. Even, Big N’s fixation on suing artists and modders has even become a joke among the gamer community. It’s a shame to know that the ones detonated with Summers’ gear won’t hit the players’ shelves.