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The release of AM2R was scheduled to line up with Metroid’s 30th Anniversary.

On August 6th, the long awaited fan-powered port of Metroid 2: Return of Samus hit the Internet, dubbed AM2R, Another Metroid 2 Remake. The remake was a massive undertaking by loyal fans that sought to recreate the Game Boy game for PC and update some of the features. Only a day after release fans from MetroidHQ held a charity livestream, showing off the game (and other Metroid titles) while raising money for Child’s Play. Fans may have some trouble enjoying their PC ready Metroid 2 though, after Metroid Database, one of the biggest hosts of the port, reported they had received a DMCA notice from Nintendo telling them to take down the remake. 

Metroid Database received an email from a Nintendo lawyer, claiming that AM2R violated Nintendo’s copyright, by displaying depictions of Samus and other Metroid characters. 

Dear Copyright Agent,

We represent Nintendo of America Inc. (“Nintendo†) in intellectual property matters. Nintendo recently learned that content hosted by SoftLayer at infringes copyrights owned by Nintendo. This notice is provided pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 USC § 512, and SoftLayer’s DMCA Policy.

The above URL provides access to a software file that makes unauthorized use of Nintendo’s copyrighted material from its Metroid video game franchise, including but not limited to the images and fictional character depictions from U.S. Copyright Reg. Nos. PA0000356142, supp. by PA0000547461 (Metroid); VA0000474073 & TX003221317 (Metroid II: Return of Samus); PA0000720157 (Super Metroid); PA0001275461 (Metroid Prime); PA0001275460 (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes); PA0001633666 (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption); PA0001915118 (Metroid Prime Hunters); and PA0001791606 (Metroid: Other M).

I have a good faith belief that this use is not authorized by the intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law. I hereby state that the information herein is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am authorized to act on Nintendo of America Inc.’s behalf.

We would appreciate your expeditious removal of all infringing content. Please contact me immediately with any questions.

This notice is not intended to and shall not waive or prejudice any rights and remedies that Nintendo may have at law, in equity, or otherwise. Any and all such rights and remedies are hereby expressly reserved.

Best regards,

Brian Sniffen
Attorney for Nintendo of America Inc.

Metroid Database responded by removing the AM2R download, but expressed that they would be investigating to make sure the takedown notice was real. This is likely in response to several fake DMCA notices that were sent earlier this year. However the notice received by Metroid Database differs significantly from the fake DMCA notices, specifically by naming the exact copyrights that are supposedly in violation. Users have pointed out however that the attorney contacting Metroid Database is from a different state than where Nintendo’s legal offices are located. TechRaptor contacted Metroid Database webmaster Ryan Barrett, who says they have contacted a lawfirm to confirm legitimacy. 

If the notice is fake, Metroid Database says it will re-host but on a limited upload speed, saying that even in the one day they hosted the game, fans had used up a full terabyte of their bandwidth. The game was also hosted on several other hosts, where it has also been taken down, including MediaFire, FileDropper, and on Google Drive

TechRaptor reached out to Nintendo to try and find out whether the DMCA was legitimate. Nintendo PR did not immediately confirm that they had sent the DMCA. However, they defended their right to protect their intellectual property, stating that allowing people to use their IPs without permission can “weaken our ability to protect and preserve it”. 

Nintendo’s broad library of characters, products, and brands are enjoyed by people around the world, and we appreciate the passion of our fans. 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.

TechRaptor reached out to the AM2R team for comment and will update if they respond.

In the meantime there are still torrents and mirrors of the game available however these may also be taken down. Users on the AM2R forums have been sharing torrents to ensure all users can try out the game. AM2R users discussed the potential for a DMCA before the game was released, believing that Nintendo would not take down the fan project or that if they were going to, they would have taken action before the game’s release. AM2R has said they have not been contacted by Nintendo.

This story will be updates as more information becomes available.

Update – 8/8/2016

It appears Metroid Database has received confirmation that the attorney is legitimately representing Nintendo.

This does mean that they will not be rehosting the game as per their past comments.

Update – 8/9/2016

The creator of AM2R, DoctorM64, has updated the games blog to update fans on the DMCA issue. The developer clarified again that he has not received a DMCA notice personally, and that the takedowns seem to be targeting only hosting sites. He is working on a process to get fixes and updates out despite not being able to simply host the game somewhere. However, he says he is still satisfied even though the game, a project which took ten years to complete, has been taken down. M64 says the skills he learned while creating the game prepared him for a professional career in programming, and that he is still technically and artistically satisfied to just have completed the project. He emphasized that people should not be directing their hate at Nintendo, but instead emphasizing the demand for 2D platformers and Metroid titles. 

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 M2 from the eShop. Show them that 2D adventure platformers are still a thing people want. 

Kindra Pring

Staff Writer

Teacher's aid by day. Gamer by night. And by day, because I play my DS on my lunch break. Ask me about how bad my aim is.

  • TrojanHorse711

    As a quick minor nitpick – the original Metroid 2 was on the Game Boy, not the SNES (which was host to Super Metroid). But yeah, if it is indeed from Nintendo they’ve just killed off all hype for the ‘official’ Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

  • KindraPring

    I am shame. I fixed it.

  • Ryan Barrett

    Hi Kindra. I assume this is what you’re looking for:
    Take care.

  • Johnathon Tieman

    I missed it when it was up, and the torrent link I have isn’t getting anything at the moment. Any place you could point me that I might find a copy?

  • Jypsie

    Yeah, I’m glad I grabbed my copy when I did.

  • jaygerbomb

    Well it’s not like *they’re* doing anything with the franchise.

  • Casey

    Too late assholes. It’s already out there and there’s no stopping it now.
    By the way, I hope you lose everything you put into federation force, you enormous dickbags. Great way to celebrate Metroid’s 30th anniversary… with a DMCA.

    Fuck you Nintendo.

  • DrearierSpider

    Not this quick? They had a countdown going for a whole month before release, and the blog for 8 years. I expected it to be DMCA’d before it was even out. Just shows how dedicated they are to neglecting Metroid.

  • DrearierSpider

    If Nintendo had any sense, they’d bring this guy on and release it officially for 3DS and Wii U and/or NX. It’s worked wonders for Valve, and seems to bode well for Sega with Sonic Mania.

  • Karl Smith

    I knew this was going to happen and this is getting really bullshit now. First they take down speedruns and fan videos, then deleting Mario Maker levels, then content claiming videos on YouTube,censoring RPG’s, treating their customers like ass and now they are going after fan games and hacks which makes NO PROFIT or HURT NINTENDO’S PROFIT what so ever.

    Nintendo, I have a question for you. WHAT THE FUCK IS YOUR PROBLEM!? Do they realize fan hacks, speedruns and fan-made games does not affect your business either way and not to mention fall under fair use? I swear, this cease and desist bullshit like is starting to piss me off. Nintendo is going keep losing fans if this shit keeps up.

    Also, the only thing Metroid gets for it’s 30th Anniversary is just a mere figure and a shitty multiplayer that doesn’t feature the main character of the series. Shame you Nintendo.

  • BurntToShreds

    Nintendo is well within their right to issue a DMCA. However, Nintendo should take note of how this labor of love completely upstaged their own project, Federation Force, and look to how they can channel passion and the desires of fans into their own future titles.

  • SoulEdge

    “Oh No! Someone is paying tribute to a beloved series we’ve been neglecting. Silence them now!”


  • Johnathon Tieman

    Found a copy, for others interested I suggest checking the official forums…

  • KindraPring

    Thanks. Got it up there now.

  • Nope Naw

    I dunno why people are surprised that this happened. It’s not like it’s the first time Nintendo has taken down fan games. Nintendo are usually about as quick as Disney to sniff out and shutdown fan games.

    The fact that it took them this long to shut down AM2R, which people have known about for a long time, doesn’t really fit the usual MO. I would hazard to argue that Nintendo might have waited to officially step in until after the game was finished. Meaning the game goes into circulation on its own (it’s already happening, looking at the comments on this very article).

    There’s, of course, no way to actually confirm that that’s the intent and Nintendo would never admit to it if that was the case, but the timing of the takedown doesn’t fit how Nintendo usually handles stuff like this.

  • Fuck you too nintendo.

  • tBanzai

    No one’s surprised. We’re just disappointed.

  • Man

    This one clearly is real.
    Brian Switten represents Miller Nash, a company assisting other companies with preserving property etc.

    Jason Allen (the fake Nintendo Employee) has nothing to do with this,

  • FlamingoJet

    Why did they wait until it was released? If they knew about the project they could have shut it down before it even got off the ground.

    I really fucking hate when companies do this shit.

  • Joseph Fanning

    So, what’s more damaging to the intellectual property, a lovingly-crafted fangame, or an abject refusal to do a goddamn thing with it despite regular demands from the fanbase to the point where they have to start MAKING THEIR OWN METROID GAMES?

  • T1125P

    Use the magnet link it’s there all good ^_^. Come on Nintendo what can you do now? Nothing!! You dick heads hahaha. Go ahead and try to, your efforts to try to remove the torrent will never work. Plus I have the torrent and the game 😀

  • T1125P

    This is the only way to release remakes like this. Put a torrent up, share, then tell everyone. Once the remake is on the torrent sites Nintendo, or any other company can’t do shit.

  • Here’s the mega download link in case anyone wants it.!9Qs2DIDI!4rDo161uFXwRmqEDZdXQA0nOkpplhPTsS_4jMFJBV8w


    Nintendo also DCMA’d the site that archived the first 140 issues of Nintendo Power magazine.

    Goddammit, Nintendo. It’s not like they were charging anyone, and you guys certainly weren’t making a profit from those old issue either.

  • RepeatingDigits

    Too late, assholes. The game is out there and you can’t stop it.
    Fuck you Nintendo. Getting up to EA levels of idiocy.

  • Dom The Elegy

    At Nintendo HQ:
    – Well, the 30th anniversary of Metroid is upon us but we already brutally murdered the franchise at last year’s E3. How do we top that?
    – We could kill off a non-profit, beautifully recreated fan remake of Metroid 2 that was only released days ago.
    – Perfect. Also, if you see a fan, kick his dog and shit in his cereal while you’re at it.

  • Cap’n Catpants

    That’s the surprising part. That they took 8+ years to take it down. As everyone’s already pointed out, it shows they really don’t give a damn about Metroid.

    Except when this happened, of course:

  • Clock

    There was a slight chance they would let it slide.
    they allowed the mother 3 translation to stay so… thats all i got.

    its too late now though. its been released to run free on the interwebs.
    If i wore an optimistic tinfoil hat i might say that they were waiting for it to release so they could allow it out while pretending to protect their IP; but they probably didnt think the guy would finish.

  • vonSanneck

    Seeding the torrent version DoctorM64 has on his website. Did a 10min sample and I love the gamefeel.

  • Cy

    At this point, I have no idea why anyone would waste their time making a fan game based on a major IP. They always get taken down, most before they ever get finished, and as far as I know no one who makes them ever gets hired by any game developers, so it’s not even useful as a practical resume.

  • korruption

    Sounds like they got jealous over a game in a franchise they were never going to develop. Well I played AM2R and enjoyed it – so thank you to DoctorM64, and Nintendo can go snort an ass.

  • DrearierSpider

    The game got released before the takedown, so his efforts weren’t in vein. And the developers of Sonic Mania would like a word, as well as many Valve employees.

  • David Navarrete

    Well, that one is the biggest bullshit I’ve read. DCMA´s a website for hosting old magazines

  • Casey

    You’re doing god’s/yahweh’s/jehova’s/Morgan Freeman’s work my good man.

  • Reptile

    While it is understandable what I mostly hate is that they just remove it and do nothing, they don’t do their “version” of games being removed, they just remove and forget the said IP in a cage in their basement.

    Look, if people are willing to spend hours developing a fan game and others are willing to play said fan game, that is because… PEOPLE WANT DAMN GAMES FROM THAT IP. Nintendo have the resources to buy this project or people behind it, slam their “genuine” bullshit sticker on it and put on anywhere for sale, that would require little to no work, they would have the talented team behind it and people would have the damn game they want.

  • Kraas

    Two things:

    -This one got finished
    -It’s very, very good

  • Kraas

    How much are they paying their legal department to do this? Couldn’t that money have been better spent on, I don’t know, maybe a new 2D Metroid game? Something to wash away the foul taste that Other M left in our mouths?