Update: Nintendo kills fan remake of Metroid II that took more than eight years to make

By Shawn Knight ยท 28 replies
Aug 9, 2016
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  1. After more than eight years in development, the fan remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus is now available to download free of charge.

    Dubbed AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake), the game’s release coincides with the 30th anniversary of the popular Nintendo franchise as the first Metroid game launched on August 6, 1986, for the Famicom Disk System in Japan. A year later, Metroid made its debut in North America for the Nintendo Entertainment System followed by the launch of Metroid II: Return of Samus on the Game Boy in November 1991.

    AM2R, as Ars Technica notes, includes a mix of updated mechanics, refreshed artwork, a new soundtrack, a map system, logbook, new areas to explore, new bosses to battle and more. Based on multiple first-hand accounts from those that have played the game, the level of polish here is on par with what you’d expect from a piece of work from Nintendo itself.

    The team behind AM2R says this is not a definitive version, but just the first as there are lots of improvements and features planned for the near future.

    One can only hope that Nintendo won’t take it the wrong way and issue a cease and desist letter to shut the project down (that’d be a real shame after close to a decade of work). That said, you’d probably better go ahead and download AM2R sooner rather than later… you know, just in case.

    My personal favorite in the Metroid series is 1994’s Super Metroid for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. From the haunting soundtrack that still holds up today to the massive world for Samus to explore, everything about this game was superb.

    Update: As feared, Nintendo's lawyers wasted little time in filing DMCA takedown requests with each service that was hosting AM2R. It would be easy for the gang behind the project to be bitter at Nintendo but they aren't. Instead, they urge fans to download the original Metroid II from the eShop to show Nintendo that there is still a market for 2D adventure platformers.

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  2. J spot

    J spot TS Addict Posts: 150   +79

    Wow, unbelievable. I was just playing Metroid II last night, completely random, and thinking how it would be good for a community to redo the game based on more modern hardware. I was also thinking how good the game was back when I played it in 1994, without and other distractions, such as hundreds of other games to choose from, or the internet. Just complete focus and that made it really good.
    astralcyborg likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    Wow indeed. Everyone is going mad in his own way.
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,665   +1,097

    They did incredible work. It took 8 years, but it was definitely worth it.
    Darius Moon, Hexic and SirChocula like this.
  5. petert

    petert TS Addict Posts: 220   +63

    Good stuff
  6. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

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  7. Awrethien

    Awrethien TS Rookie

    Well I guess it can be confirmed....

    "The file you requested has been removed from MediaFire for a violation of our Terms of Service.

    This file has been taken down by:

    File Name: AM2R_10.zip (71.55 MB)

    Company: Nintendo of America Inc
    Email: dmca@millernash.com

    Still have questions, or think we've made a mistake? Please contact support for further assistance. "
  8. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Damn that's too bad, though not surprising in the least.
    Jamlad likes this.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    I'm so glad I don't support Nintendo. This only strengthens my desire to keep it that way.
    robb213, darkzelda and NeoFlux like this.
  10. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    HA! They only THINK it's been taken down. I've already seen it on one torrent site, I'm sure others have it as well.
  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Well spending that long on it... did they try and fail to get Nintendo's ok?
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    That's just it, there's not a market for it. I'm not buying the original, nor am I buying this remake. I doubt I am alone, so their take down notice served no purpose.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016
  13. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    Nintendo is headed by *****s. Nothing to gain but a lot of face to lose.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  14. Jamlad

    Jamlad TS Booster Posts: 113   +93

    I'm going to play Devil's advocate here and argue they are just defending their copyrights and IP. If they don't defend their work, by that I mean issue takedown requests for fan remakes, then how can they argue against piracy of their prior work? I assume the distribution of ROMs counts as piracy, and it only the emulation that is in a technically gray area.

    Square-Enix did the exact same thing with the Chronotrigger fan project.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    Original vs Replica? Hmmm! This is normally only a problem when the replica is being sold.
    ddferrari likes this.
  16. jonny888

    jonny888 TS Booster Posts: 37   +35

    Preface - I haven't been a Nintendo fan since the Gameboy Color, so I'm not trying to be biased towards nor do I have any kind of Nintendo fanboy-ism.

    To everyone saying Nintendo is being unfair for asking it to be taken down, think about this.

    You are Nintendo. You have over the years, established your brand name, made recognisable characters, and spawned your own game series. That game series helps give your company it's reputation as people associate it directly with your company.

    Now, you hear that someone outside of the company has taken your characters and your game series, and remade it entirely according to their own design with no input or approval from you at all.

    Do you:
    a) Agree to let anyone use your existing source material and modify/copy it in any way they see fit, all whilst maintaining your characters names and imagery. You thereby trust blindly in their re-use of your material, in their quality control, and that anything negative that might come about from these people and their product imitation isn't in anyway going to have an impact on your own reputation.

    b) Take the viewpoint that letting anybody and everybody use your source material as they see fit is highly likely to backfire on you one day when someone releases something that damages your brand image. You then follow the proper procedure in asking for them to remove the content they never owned the rights to and never got approval to use.

    Now apply that same logic to any business about any product it has ever produced, and you should see that they've done nothing wrong by asking for this to be taken down. All they've done is taken perfectly standard steps every business takes to help protect itself.

    You might, understandably, feel sympathy for the people who've put their time into making this (I certainly do), but at the end of the day, it really wouldn't have killed them at the very beginning on the project to ask Nintendo if they'd be allowed to do it, and saved themselves the effort.
  17. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    I'm sure that's what the executives are thinking. Still a poor strategic move.

    They could have approached with an offer to buy and distribute. Literally triple-plus ultra discount development costs (since all the work is done) and virtually guaranteed to break-even. This gives them money and makes them look like champions of independent development.

    Instead, they create bad press and make themselves look like a money hungry pigs. Brand damage.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    Think about this. You spend 8 years on a project and want to share regardless of where the inspiration came from. And then find that which inspired you is also preventing you from sharing. Now if Nintendo is somehow quietly compensating them for their work, and quite possible adding it to the original content, my complaint will disperse in the wind never to be heard again. But to throw up a wall (aka: DMCA takedown request) and ignore this guys passion is my complaint.
    andrewyoung likes this.
  19. jonny888

    jonny888 TS Booster Posts: 37   +35

    I agree it's a sad outcome, and I hope they can come to some kind of agreement that sees it restored. I just don't think Nintendo deserve to be called the bad guys on this one. It wasn't their fault these guys didn't ask permission first, and they've done nothing they aren't fully within their rights to do to protect their own work.
    Darth Shiv, Jamlad and cliffordcooley like this.
  20. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Nintendo will stay in the gadget segment but from the looks of the NX they have no desire to get in the ring with Sony and Microsoft.
    A new Mario game on the next Xbox? It's possible.
  21. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    No basically anything that is created that uses their theme or world, they have a right to say who creates what in that theme. It's their idea. It's basic courtesy to ask permission to do something with it first. It's Nintendo's IP and the reputation of the games and media are affected by fan remakes etc.

    I think it's pretty irresponsible for the devs to have wasted their time on something that was so obviously going to be shot down.
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    Then we agree to disagree!
  23. Levi Sterling

    Levi Sterling TS Booster Posts: 80   +26

    I hope to see some of these comments on adoseofbuckly
  24. robb213

    robb213 TS Maniac Posts: 330   +100

    It was a given that Nintendo would file a DMCA. It's literally any Japanese developer/publisher that does it, so quick as if it's without a second thought. I would've told the developer(s) of this remake to not even bother 8 years ago because this is how Nintendo has always been.

    Although why Nintendo always goes to such extremes over these things, especially over a long dead game and character that today's kids know nothing about, shows how out of touch they are with their older age group market imo.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  25. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 268   +39

    Nintendo being Nintendo. They're worse than EA, Ubisoft and Square Enix when it comes to this type of shyte.

    Time to look for it on a torrent site..

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