Artist Philip Summers canceled Kickstarter campaign his successful Hand-Drawn Game Guides, a collection of unique guides to classic NES games. The author explained his decision by legal problems.
The Hand-Drawn Game Guides planned to include guides for Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Contra and Ninja Gaiden with full walkthroughs, secrets and lots of illustrations – images of enemies and characters, as well as level diagrams. All drawings are completely original.
The campaign started on August 6 and was canceled on the last day. During this time, the players transferred more than $ 322 thousand, which is 16 times more than the minimum amount. All additional objectives were achieved, including embossed covers and gilded page elements. More than 4,700 users participated in the funding.
Each of the three manuals (Contra and Ninja Gaiden combined into one) sold for $ 25. The complete set was offered for $ 65, and for $ 85 was available a set with a fourth book – a collection of all illustrations. Investors were expected to receive their goods in February 2022.
At the start of the training camp, Summers emphasized that Hand-Drawn Game Guides is an unofficial project that he creates on his own initiative without the participation of Nintendo, Konami and Koei Tecmo.
“Tonight I had to say goodbye to Hand-Drawn Game Guides, – wrote artist on Kickstarter blog update. – Yes, exactly for the reason you thought. I was hoping that it would be possible to avoid legal problems, but it did not work out. “
According to Summers, he deliberately took the risk, hoping that he would not face legal obstacles in the same way as the authors of other similar projects. “I am disappointed, but I fully understand why this happened, He added. – This is just the wrong moment. Had it happened three weeks ago, it would have been better. “
V another entry blog, the artist clarified that Nintendo did not send letters with any requirements. The authors were contacted by a lawyer of a certain gaming company, who warned of possible difficulties. How explained the publishing house Dreamprism Press, with which Summers collaborates, this happened less than a day before the end of the collection. The partners decided not to wait for the official end of the campaign, so as not to lose money spent on its implementation and not to find themselves in a situation where they cannot issue guidelines and at the same time reimburse contributors in full. However, they hope to return to the project if they get permission.
Nintendo continues to maintain strict control over fan projects. In August, at the request of the company, terminated development of the amateur game Metroid Prime 2D, and last year bad luck The Legend of Zelda: The Missing Link, connecting the events of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.