Metroid 2 Fan Remake Released, Immediately Lands on Nintendo's Legal Radar

Metroid 2 Fan Remake Released, Immediately Lands on Nintendo's Legal Radar

AM2R: Another Metroid 2 Remake is out in the wild, but Nintendo has already flexed its legal muscle to get it removed from download sites.

Two days ago, AM2R: Another Metroid 2 Remake finally launched. The project is full remake of the Game Boy title Metroid 2: The Return of Samus, using a graphical style similar to Super Metroid. Within retro fan circles, there was much fanfare and joy.

All screenshots via AM2R sub-Reddit.

Of course, Nintendo still owns Metroid and has set about getting AM2R taken down from various download sites. A link to the game on MediaFire now mentions a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown from Nintendo of America. The same is true of the other download links, which have either disappeared or been replaced with a DMCA notice. Metroid Database, one of the larger Metroid fan sites, was hosting the game until their filehost received the takedown.

The letter came from Miller, Nash, Graham and Dunn LLP and some doubted the veracity of its legal claims, since it did not come from the same email address listed on Nintendo's website. The same law firm has previously been involved in protecting Nintendo IP, with take downs of a planned NES Compendium and Super Mario 64 HD. Metroid Database later confirmed that the takedown was real.

"Nintendo’s broad library of characters, products, and brands are enjoyed by people around the world, and we appreciate the passion of our fans," said Nintendo in a statement to Polygon. "But just as Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of others, we must also protect our own characters, trademarks and other content. The unapproved use of Nintendo’s intellectual property can weaken our ability to protect and preserve it, or to possibly use it for new projects."

It's unsurprising that AM2R has been taken down, but there's solace in the fact that this is the internet, where nothing ever truly dies.

Unfortunately, that's not the only Nintendo-related removal this week. Last week, the Nintendo Power Collection went up at the Internet Archive, showing every issue in Nintendo Power's long run. The page for the collection is still available, but all of the issues have been removed.

There is currently no word on whether the removals are due to legal pressure. We have contacted the archivist responsible for the collection to see why they've been removed. We will update the story accordingly once we receive a reply.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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