Is Zelda coming to Netflix? Nintendo CEO Iwata refutes live-action TV series rumors

live action legend zelda tv series heads netflix link25
Netflix is reportedly developing a television series based on Nintendo’s venerable Legend of Zelda franchise. This live action series will tell the story iterated over nearly three decades of Zelda games of a boy named Link who must rescue the princess Zelda and save the kingdom of Hyrule. A source close to the project told the Wall Street Journal that it has been described as Game of Thrones for a family audience.

Updated on 3-24-2015 by Will Fulton: Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has responded to the rumor. His comments are below.

Without a writer attached to the project yet, there is no firm timetable for if and when the series might become a reality. Netflix is reportedly working closely with Nintendo to develop the series. The Japanese game company, which published the first Legend of Zelda for NES in 1987, has been historically protective of the rights to adapt its intellectual properties.

Nintendo issues a half denial

In a recent interview with Time, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata spoke against rumors about a live-action Legend of Zelda television series being developed with Netflix, which were reported by the Wall Street Journal in February.

“As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information,” said Iwata.

It’s disappointing news for the many fans who were excited by the initial rumors. Optimists can take comfort in the fact that he did not quite explicitly say that a Zelda series is not happening, but rather that the WSJ’s sources were incorrect, which leaves open the possibility that something comparable could still be in the works.

Zelda and Nintendo’s history with TV

An animated adaptation of The Legend of Zelda aired for one season in 1989 and characters from the franchise such as Link and the villainous Ganon appeared in the cartoon Captain N: The Game Master from 1989 to 1991. There have been very few Nintendo film or television projects since the Super Mario Bros. film was a notorious flop in 1993. Kirby and Donkey Kong are exceptions to this rule.

The trailer below was made by fans, but might tickle your imagination as to what the series could look like.


Break out the Wii: ‘Just Dance’ movie reportedly in the works

Sony's Screen Gems has reportedly acquired the film rights to the Just Dance video game series from Ubisoft, which previously helped bring the game Assassin's Creed to the big screen in 2016.

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now.
Movies & TV

From premiere date to footage: Here's all we have on 'Game of Thrones' season 8

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Home Theater

The seven best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2019.

You could be gaming on AMD’s Navi graphics card before the end of the summer

If you're waiting for a new graphics card from AMD that doesn't cost $700, you may have to wait for Navi. But that card may not be far away, with new rumors suggesting we could see a July launch.

Sharing your best gameplay moments is quick and easy on the Xbox One

The current generation of consoles make it easier than ever to share your gaming highlights with the world. Here's a quick guide on how you can record a gameplay video on Xbox One.

Blizzard’s latest hiring spree is likely for the unannounced ‘Diablo 4’

Activision Blizzard is hiring for more than a dozen positions on unannounced Diablo projects. Some of the roles are likely for the unannounced Diablo 4, the next mainline entry in the series.

Everything we know about 'Red Dead Online', including the new mode Gun Rush

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.

Fortnite V-Bucks being used by criminals for money laundering on dark web

Criminals are using Fortnite's V-Bucks for money laundering schemes on the dark web. Epic Games, apparently, is not doing enough to prevent the game from being used for the illegal activity.

Relive the 8-bit gaming era with the best NES emulators for Android and PC

For years prior to the release of the NES Classic, emulators have offered a means to every NES game ever created without needing the console. Here are the best NES emulators for Android and PC.

Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition comes with a life-size Scorpion mask

The Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector's Edition will come with a human-sized replica of the mask of Scorpion, one of the most iconic fighters of the series. NetherRealm Studios has also announced the game's preorder bonuses.

Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!