Another Metroid 2 Remake Updates DMCA’d Signaling End Of Project
Another Metroid 2 Remake
(Last Updated On: September 3, 2016)

Nintendo of America have sent out Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices to the creators of the fan-made project Another Metroid 2: Remake to pull his game off the internet and to no longer release any updates for the game.

There was a post over on Project AM2R website where the developers updated the community following plans to release an update for the game, where he writes…

“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. “

This means that there will be no more official updates for the unofficial Metroid game.

Fans are not taking this well at all, given that Nintendo have refused to make a notable Metroid game in recent years. They opted to make the Metroid Prime: Federation Force, but it didn’t star the lead character Samus, and has been firmly rejected by the gaming community.

Nintendo has been hitting a number of fan-projects over the years with DMCA notices to pull them off the internet. And while it’s still possible to get your hands on Another Metroid 2: Remake from peer-to-peer file sharing services and torrents, you won’t be able to simply grab the game or any official updates from the team from their website or any other easily accessible distribution portal you can click on right off a search engine without it being at risk of being hit with a DMCA.

Gamejolt also recently reported that 562 games have also been taken off of Gamejolt after being hit with a DMCA notice by Nintendo because they were fan-made projects related to or containing copyrighted material from Nintendo’s properties.

Interestingly, there’s an article over on Sir TapTap that explains that Nintendo isn’t really in the right here with shutting down so many fan-made projects on the grounds of them having to protect their copyrights lest they lose them forever. In fact, they quote lawyer Sara F. Hawkins, who explains on her website

“Improper use of a trademark may dilute your rights or create confusion. Inconsistent enforcement of your trademark rights can cause you to lose protections afforded under state or federal law. With copyright, that isn’t the case. As a copyrightholder, you can pick and choose which cases of infringement you pursue without diminishing the host of exclusive rights under copyright law.”

So in this case, Nintendo claiming that the copyright infringement will “weaken” their projects is wrong, which is what they claimed in a statement to Polygon…

“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.”

That actually applies to trademarks, and if the trademarks aren’t being infringed upon, then it’s just Nintendo deciding to be litigious about fan-made projects and not necessarily because they have to shut these projects down. The too long, didn’t read summary is that the suits at Nintendo are choosing to be dicks about fan-made projects and not because they’re forced to be dicks by the U.S. Copyright Office.

(Thanks for the news tip CG Saturation)

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  • C G Saturation

    Getting an urge to play this again, it’s so good. Way better than anything Nintendo has done for Metroid in the past decade or two. I’d place it a little behind Super Metroid. It’s beyond disgusting that Nintendo ignored Metroid’s 30th Anniversary and pumped out that piece of shit Federation Farce.

    Back to AM2R, I beat v1.0 on Hard already, so I’m not too pleased about the nerfs in v1.1. Also sad that it can’t be translated properly into a bunch of languages, because the in-game font doesn’t support special characters.

    I think there was a guy in the comments on TechRaptor who said something like, if you don’t protect your trademark properly, the amount you can be rewarded in damages becomes significantly less. Dunno how true that is.

    • Well it’s true that you need to protect your trademarks, but if people are only using copyrighted material there’s no need to aggressively protect it.

  • scemar

    nintendo you’re trash
    you’re garbage

    • C G Saturation

      I miss when Nintendo used to make good games. Makes me feel old.

      • scemar

        sometimes they still make good games, but then they pull out something like this
        sometimes it feels like an abusive relationship with nintendo

        • TT

          sometimes they make good games and bastardize it too

          • scemar

            seen worse forced memes, that one’s tame by comparison

            might not even be so bad if the context is appropriate and it doesn’t get rid of anything else of value for it

          • TT

            well it was more of just using it for an example, but in particular with this, i just can’t help but think of the meme. I imagine the original dialogue is along the lines of “I can’t believe I messed up” but i dunno.

          • C G Saturation

            Why do they keep shoving memes into localization? I don’t think I can recall ever seen a Japanese game refer to a current meme in its character dialogue.

            It better not be their idea of an “alternative” to untranslatable puns. They’re not the same thing at all.

            I’ve always hated the low quality of English localization, but I never thought it would get EVEN WORSE.

          • TT

            My guess is they are trying to make it “fun” and “exciting” in a lazy, half-assed sort of way. I could handle a meme, even forced ones, if it doesn’t detract. I think it would be lazy, but I could at least get it, but holy hell it’s like there’s a reliance with most “localizers”.
            That aside, with that and stuff like this article, I can’t fully see what Nintendo stands to gain from this. It’s within their rights, but they’re being mighty dickish lately.

          • Shelly the kid

            We’re going to buy some AK-47’s and a couple of magazines.

  • LurkerJK

    they should just switch assets and release it as an “homage”, i always wonder why fan games dont just do that

    If i ever got into making these things i would plan an easy way to turn it into a different game early on in case i cannot use the license

    • C G Saturation

      I wonder if he’d get away with calling it Mutroid and changing the colors. Probably not.

      • LurkerJK

        According to their excuse if you no longer directly threaten the license they have no reason to pursue a free product, in your example they wanted their cut

  • Grey

    I’m not up on the legalities, but I’ve always wondered why not, instead of squelching these fan projects, companies like Nintendo don’t take them under their wing. The people involved are putting a considerable amount of time and effort into them, throwing those resources away is wasteful on top of being disrespectful.

    It doesn’t seem as if it would be that difficult to work out some manner of agreement that both protected the intellectual property of the company, while allowing the fan project to continue. Recognize and promote them under some side label as unofficial works.

    • scemar

      they can and they often do
      sega took fanmade game creators and hired them or so they say
      valve has made embreacing fans into a business model
      it happens often

      but nintendo is trash they’d rather destroy than create

    • Yep, as @scemar:disqus pointed out, some companies who aren’t douche bags bring gamers under their wing all the time. Valve is notoriously famous for hiring in mod teams or giving them their blessings so that they can make headway in the industry. Avalanche Studios recently brought in the JC2 MP mod team into their fold, and before DICE was swallowed up by EA they did the same.

      Other companies are far less affording and less accommodating toward their own community.

      • fnd

        I was thinking the same thing. Instead of making bucks with an excellent game, they prefer to gain bad PR.

  • Laytonaster

    NoA’s behavior is troubling, to say the least. It’s well within their legal rights, but the ethicacy is proving to be utterly void. This trend reeks of a lack of respect for fans and new gamers alike. I don’t like the implications this raises for NoA.

    • Bitterbear

      NoA is a cesspool of Social Justice Warriors who do nothing but shit on their clients.

      • Shelly the kid

        Not surpassingly since Chinese communist.