Back when
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD was first officially announced, a similar fan-effort was discovered that looked a lot more impressive than Nintendo’s efforts. An interview with project lead Tomoya Hamasaki revealed the team’s intention to not only give the game a graphical upgrade to HD, but to improve the textures and even add new content to the title. Unfortunately, if you wanted to follow that link to his YouTube channel in hopes of getting another glimpse at the gorgeous teaser footage provided in the past, you’re going to be disappointed, as Nintendo has removed each and every video of the project.

Sad though that may be, don’t get too discouraged—the project is still around. Tomoya hosted a recent livestream to announce what had happened to his videos, and while the upload of that stream to his YouTube page failed to include the audio (leaving an almost 12-hour silent video), his message was passed on via his channel’s new description, as well as some YouTube commenters.

“MOVING TO TWITCH! Nintendo took down our videos. Project is still ongoing :)” — Tomoya Hamasaki

“The important message is that the project has been put on hiatus, and that it will be continued within the next year. During this year, Tomoya and the team will work on their own game. This is all due to Nintendo catching on to the project, and taking down their videos showcasing progress. Also, if you go to the main page of the project, the progress that’s already been made on it has been available for download.” — FubyHD

So, the fan project is still in development, but we shouldn’t expect to get any new releases of it for a while, though it sounds like they’ll be streaming it on Twitch on a regular basis. After a year has passed, hopefully the excitement of the official HD Twilight Princess will have died down, allowing this team’s updated product to quietly reappear on the web for all to enjoy once more.

Source: Tomoya Hamasaki (via Gaming Reinvented)

Our Verdict

Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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