Nintendo removes DidYouKnowGaming’s Zelda documentary along with copyright

Oh, Nintendo… you can’t stop yourselves from people who are copyright infringers, can they? Yes, Nintendo is out to bury more attempts to preserve games or look back at lost history. This time, it’s centered on YouTube and the DidYouKnowGaming channel in what could be seen as an insult to the press. Let’s analyze what happened.

Earlier in the week (as hectic as it already was with The Game Awards 2022 and all that), YouTube channel DidYouKnowGaming uploaded a video called “LOST Zelda Game for Nintendo DS: Heroes of Hyrule – Ft. Zeltikintended to highlight a nearly two-decade-old Retro Studios project that was ultimately rejected.

As fun as it always is with topics like this, Nintendo filed a copyright takedown request, removing the video from YouTube three days ago. DidYouKnowGaming mentions this on Twitter, which you can see below.

It gives away the idea that Nintendo has a certain series that they absolutely protect under every possible circumstance, silencing those who would like to talk about it… That’s strange, given that even a couple of weeks ago a similar video surfaced about the public future of F-Zero and The Lost Enterprises was released by DidYouKnowGaming. However, this video is still active on YouTube.

Nintendo wasn’t exactly keen on letting certain things happen to their YouTube IPs. At the beginning of the year, more than 1,300 takedown notices were sent to a YouTube channel called GilvaSunner regarding video game soundtracks, including titles like Kid Icarus Uprising, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Melee and more.

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Effectively, this blew the channel out of orbit due to how YouTube’s copyright strike system works (once three of them are collected, the channel is deleted). After all, if Nintendo can break into the history of older products that never got the green light, what’s to stop them from doing it more, or better yet, for other developers and publishers to do the same things?

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