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Posted 11 February 2015 - 12:25 PM

Nintendo reportedly wanted exclusive access to the Harry Potter video game rights.

According to a report on Unseen64, Nintendo of America's NST studio came up with a pitch for two games back in the late 1990s.

With a week to come up with ideas, the studio was split into two teams, one of which was said to be working on third-person games that would coincide with the release of each book, while the other wanted to make a quidditch game.

It is believed Nintendo lost out on the license because bosses wanted to adopt a Japanese/Manga art style, while JK Rowling wanted to keep things "strictly British".

"It went against all my instincts based on what I had read quotes from JK about keeping it strictly British, and I had to revamp my initial designs and go more manga/Japanese," a former artist explained.

"I had a big fight about that, but my boss insisted."

Warner Bros eventually secured the video game rights for reported £1 million, and would task Electronic Arts with creating a series of games to coincide with the release of each film.

Digital Spy