Nintendo has a popular fan-made remake of Metroid 2 shuttered, leaving the game's development team without any means of resurrecting the project whatsoever.
If there's one company notoriously protective of its IP, it is Nintendo. The firm has gone to various lengths throughout the years to insure that fans stay away from utilizing its various properties in their own games, which has traditionally left many feeling scorned by a firm that leaves many of its franchises on the shelf for long stretches of time. The most recent instance of this comes from the fan-made Pokemon Uranium getting yanked, and now a popular revamp of Metroid, titled Another Metroid 2 Remake, has officially joined that list.
This initial takedown request was issued shortly after the aforementioned game made its debut on August 4, 2016. The reality of this is something that should have been expected, as Nintendo has a longstanding history of aggressively protecting its intellectual properties, but the future of the initiative all came to light in a tweet from the man responsible for programming, level design, sound design, and music production for Another Metroid 2 Remake, Milton “DoctorM64” Guasti.
The official page where the revamped fan project could once be downloaded is now adorned with a general notification of the takedown, verifying that the team has complied with the request issued by Nintendo.
“Nintendo of America, Inc. has filed a takedown request under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). I received the request on my personal email, so I’m complying with their requests. There will be no more AM2R updates, and no more releases under any platform. Thank you for the support during all these years.”
Many gamers are sure to be disheartened with a move that has ensured that the hard work of fellow gamers has been effectively shelved. Given that AM2R was launched to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Metroid franchise, it had garnered the interest of a number of Samus Aran aficionados – although apparently all for not. Despite this, fans eager to see more of the beloved sci-fi series do have Metroid Prime: Federation Force to tear into, even though that title is certainly shrouded in its own controversy.
In the meantime, it seems as if those hoping to get their classic Metroid fix will have to turn to offerings found across the Virtual Console on several Nintendo platforms – including the Game Boy's Metroid II: Return of Samus on 3DS. Additionally, hopeful players can keep their fingers crossed for a new major installment in the franchise arriving for the long-awaited NX platform. Although, at this point in time, the latter suggestion could leave fans chomping at the bit for quite some time still.