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Nintendo sues artist who draws Metroid and Zelda guides by hand

Even with Philip Summers' artwork, hand-drawn detonados were canceled by Nintendo's lawyers

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:

“Tonight I canceled the Hand-Drawn Detonated Kickstarter. Yes, for the exact reason you’re thinking. I hoped I could deal with any legal problems, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to do that. Is the project over forever? I don’t know yet. I’ll find out in the next few days.”Philip Summers, creator of hand-drawn detonados.

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.

“What I do know is that this last month has been amazing. You all came together in ways I didn’t think were possible. It’s been an amazing trip and no matter what happens, I’ll always be grateful for that. I always knew that doing this was risky, but I watched how other similar books dealt with this kind of problem and tried my best to learn from them.”

Philip Summers, creator of hand-drawn detonados.

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.


George Philiphttps://www.betechwise.com
George is a technology content writer with few years of experience. Specialized in mobile devices, personal computers and consumer technology, as well as software and applications. He explains all technological concepts so that users with less knowledge can understand it. If not writing, you may find him engrossed playing action games on his smartphone. Just so you know, he loves Xiaomi products alot. You may contact him via his email - [email protected]


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