Nintendo let the fan-made Legend of Zelda film "The Hero of Time," stay up over the holidays, but its creators have now taken it down after the company asked for its removal.

The Hero of Time (that's one of its trailers above) had been shown at film festivals, and on Dec. 22, had been hosted at DailyMotion. But earlier in the month, the film's creators came to an agreement with Nintendo to stop distributing the movie by the end of the year. "In the spirit of the holiday season they were good enough to let us keep the movie up for you to watch and enjoy through the end of 2009," the team wrote on their blog. "We understand Nintendo's right to protect its characters and trademarks and understand how in order to keep their property unspoiled by fan's interpretation of the franchise, Nintendo needs to protect itself - even from fan-works with good intentions."

The creators say they have "a real sense of peace bringing the project to a close." They indicated a new project is forthcoming, and "no, it's not Majora's Mask."

Nintendo Pulls Zelda Fan Movie [Cubed3]