After ten years in the making, Project AM2R, a fan-made Metroid 2: Return of Samus remake, sees its first release on Metroid’s 30th birthday.
For more than eight years, Milton Guasti, a fan of Nintendo’s 30-year-old Metroid franchise, has meticulously chronicled the laborious efforts of his Metroid 2: Return of Samus remake project. But his work on AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) started well before that.
“This is a project I’ve been working on for over two years, and now I feel it can be finished, so I decided to make it public,” Guasti wrote on January 3, 2008. “This is my own remake of Metroid 2, one of the most important chapters of the Metroid saga. I always wanted to play the game with the graphics and physics of Metroid: Zero Mission, so I decided my next game would be a remake.”
Guasti, a 36-year-old sound technician turned professional programmer living in Argentina, tells Nintendo News that he’s not worried about Nintendo taking down his project.
“I haven’t ever been contacted by Nintendo,” Guasti said. “When I started the project there were already many fan-made games with Nintendo characters in them. AM2R recognizes Nintendo as the owner of the IP, and it’s not something made to make profit.”
(Nintendo, to this day, continues to protect their IP and brand by taking swift action against fans and their game projects.)
“I’m trying my best to be respectful with the Metroid brand. Even if [Nintendo] issues a cease and desist at any minute, it’s not something that worries me. Hopefully, AM2R will encourage people to play the original Metroid 2 on the eShop.”
Unlike the original Metroid 2 on Game Boy, AM2R features updated graphics and gameplay mechanics while incorporating the fast-paced gameplay of Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance) and “the atmosphere and solitude” found in Super Metroid on SNES.
As far as development goes, Guasti said it was the combined efforts of many. “A lot of people helped over the years, contributing varying amounts of assets — seven graphic artists, two writers, two musicians, four beta testers, and lots of play-testers.”
Metroid 2: Return of Samus is an action-adventure space exploration game developed by Nintendo for Game Boy. The game debuted across North America in November 1991, launching a few months later in Japan and Europe in 1992.
Those interested can download Project AM2R for Windows. Guasti said a Linux build will be available soon.