When it comes to Nintendo, they’re a very loyal company when it comes to both their people, and their properties. They’re actually a bit infamous for being a bit too loyal in regards to shutting down things that involve their characters and games without their permission. Including numerous fan-made projects. But then, during the recent Nindies Showcase, they broke their rules by revealing that an indie dev was going to make Cadence of Hyrule.
This game is a spiritual sequel/successor to the very popular Crypt of the Necrodancer made by Brace Yourself. Originally, the team approached Nintendo and asked if they could have some of the Zelda characters to make a DLC for the game. But instead, Nintendo gave them full rights and access to the entire world of Hyrule, and thus, Cadence of Hyrule was born.
Since that announcement, many have wondered what turned Nintendo’s minds, as Legend of Zelda is one of their biggest properties, so there had to be a big reason why they let Brace Yourself get the IP rights.
Game Informer’s Imran Khan may have the answer. Because he believes that the reason this whole things has happened is because of the support that two Nintendo legends gave the game. Shigeru Miyamoto, and Eiji Aonuma:
“So I was talking about this on Twitter, and I was saying, ‘Hey I kind of wondered how this happened because it doesn’t seem there’s a lot of cross pollination between Nintendo and Brace Yourself Games.’ I got a DM from somebody who would know, and they pretty much straight up told me it’s just that Miyamoto and Aonuma are huge fans of Crypt of the NecroDancer. When that game came to Switch, they apparently just got addicted to it and were like, ‘Find these people. We need to talk to them.’”
If this is true, that’s a big endorsement from Nintendo. Cadence of Hyrule is set to come out this year.