Final Sword Removed From eShop
HUP Games’ 3D open world action-RPG Final Sword has been pulled from the Nintendo Switch eShop due to the inclusion of Zelda’s Lullaby!
Despite only releasing last week (July 2), Final Sword has met its final match in Nintendo themselves. Video clips began to emerge on Twitter over the weekend (such as this one and this one) of the game quite clearly plagiarising the “Zelda’s Lullaby” tune from Nintendo’s own The Legend of Zelda series, and Final Sword has subsequently has been pulled from the Japanese Switch eShop (the Error Code 9001-1670 reads “This content is currently not available”).
At time of posting, the game is still currently available in North America and in Europe, but it is expected to be pulled from both fairly soon. Final Sword is also available on both the Google Play Store and on the App Store, although it’s unknown whether the offending music is included in the mobile version of the game. I’ll update this post when (and if!) the game ever returns to the Switch eShop. Check out the game’s promo video (Zelda’s Lullaby omitted!) below…
Edit: HUP Games have explained to Automaton that the reason for the removal was due to the background music that was purchased from a company that specialises in selling BGM. They stressed that they did not intend to make the game in violation of copyright in explaining the situation to Nintendo and are currently working on replacing the background music, and that they hope to re-release the game on the eShop as soon as the new music is ready.