AM2R, a fan-made remastered version of the original Metroid 2, may have been struck down by Nintendo’s legal team, but it still has a future.
For nearly a decade, Milton Guasti and other Nintendo fans have been remastering the 25-year-old Game Boy game Metroid 2: Return of Samus — from improved visuals and music to fresh gameplay mechanics to new map areas. In celebration of Metroid’s 30th anniversary, Guasti released the first public version of the AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) project on Saturday, August 6.
But it took less than 48 hours for the well-groomed and dark-suited Seattle, Wash. attorneys at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn (Nintendo’s legal representation) to send Guasti’s project plummeting into a digital abyss. Download links for the game and many of its related webpages were quickly expunged. Gone forever.
When Nintendo News talked to Guasti on Sunday, he wasn’t concerned at all about AM2R infringing on Nintendo’s protected intellectual property. “AM2R recognizes Nintendo as the owner of the IP, and it’s not something made to make profit,” he told us. “Even if [Nintendo] issues a cease and desist at any minute, it’s not something that worries me.”
However, Guasti has today provided loyal fans and followers of the project with plans for the game’s future. “I’ll continue improving and fixing AM2R privately,” he wrote on his blog. Future updates and bug fixes is something he’s still trying to work out for players.
Yet despite having ten years of work wiped off the public Internet, Guasti has remained level-headed and respectful. “Please, don’t hate Nintendo for all of this. It’s their legal obligation to protect their IP. Instead of sending hate mail, get the original Metroid 2 from the eShop.”
But the damage has already been done. Immediately following the game’s release, thousands of fans downloaded the game. And while download links may no longer be available, a quick Google search is sure to deliver desired results.
This certainly is not the first nor last fan-made video game project Nintendo will strike down. Until the next legal action surfaces, the AM2R trailer from 2013 is definitely worth a watch.
Guasti now makes a living working as a professional programmer.