It seems like it was only yesterday we where scratching our heads trying to figure out the correct moment to switch sides on our Famicom Disk System "Metroid" copy, released in Japan on 6th August 1986. We gladly suffer trough the loading times in exchange for better music thanks to the extra hardware on the FDS unit; of course because the passwords in the western cartridge versions were also a nightmare, we'll take save slots any day. Three decades have passed by, with Samus Aran always a big part of pushing new Nintendo hardware and delighting fans worldwide while saving the galaxy over and over. But while we wait for Federation Force to deploy soon, perhaps we should take a look elsewhere to scratch our Metroid hunting itch.
Project AM2R (which stands for "Another Metroid 2 Remake") has been a labour of love for many years, with steady updates and playable demos and even a switch in game engine half way through development. The end result has finally been released over on the project page, with version 1.0 available for free right now.
You can check out a few minutes of early gameplay in this video clip below. Hint: if you're a fan of both Metroid II: Return of Samus and Metroid Zero Mission, prepare to be very, very happy indeed.
A dream of many fans has finally been accomplished: the old Game Boy classic has been injected with the best features of Super Nintendo's Super Metroid and both Game Boy Advance titles, making this 2016 remake something very special indeed.
The true test will come soon, with something much scarier than having a real Metroid latched on to you: Nintendo's legal department. Will the big N embrace this tremendous effort from a fan and maybe even help it get converted and sold on the eShop (we are sure people would gladly pay money for this), or will there be a Cease & Desist letter being typed up as we speak?
Whatever the future of AM2R holds, at least for now you can blissfully play it on your Windows PC and enjoy the fantastic remixed soundtrack just by simply downloading the game; the audio files are easily accessible from the game's parent folder. What an excellent way to celebrate the big 30.
Nintendo sucks. They should pay the guy to port it to their system.
It is pretty sad that Nintendo has no longer got teams making this sort of thing.
I love Zero Mission (even more than Super Metroid) but never got into Return of Samus, so I'll have to check this out!
@Zach777 they will more likely pay a lawyer to c&d the guy instead.
If you're at least slightly interested in this, download it now before it gets pulled.
Guys, think about it this way...
Nintendo could still make the 30th anniversary by releasing a Metroid game between now and August 7th 2017.
I doubt Ninteno would do miss out on a this momentous opportunity, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Metroid game on the NX to be released in 2017.
Edit: Well I guess Federation Force is coming out, although it's not really a true Metroid game. I'm going to keep on hoping anyway.
The very fact that they haven't seemed to publicise the fact that it's Samus' 30th anniversary keeps me hopeful that they have something secret in the works that we will hear more about in the near future.
They need to slow the game down a bit.
Gun fires too fast
Jumping animation is too fast. Should be a floating effect to the jump.
25% would probably do it.
Had recently downloaded this for play and was wow by how these guys handle it. Now all they need to do and get Nintendo's approval and maybe we might see something out of it.
This is ridiculously polished. Nintendo should give this guy a job and put this on 3DS and Wii U ASAP.
Looks fun but I'm sure Nintendo wont allow this for long
Probably not the best place to ask, but...
I got the gravity suit, so now I have every power up witht the big exception of the Ice Beam. I think it's needed to destroy those pillars of bubble-like enemies in Area 7, but I can't find where it is. Does anyone know?
@Marce2240 As far as I know it's faithful to the original gameboy game. Perhaps try gamefaqs.com or something for an old guide to the gameboy original and see if that helps?
@WillTheLion Thanks for the suggestion, but I think they've moved it. I remember the Ice Beam was in the temple area in the original, very early into the game, because it was needed for platforming. Since that isn't an issue anymore, they've replaced it with the Wave Beam instead. Worst thing is, I recall it being on Area 1 in previous demos, but either it has been replaced or I'm an idiot missing something extremely obvious.
I never understood why Nintendo treats Metroid as the least of all their franchises. Metroid is actually my favorite franchise. The only game I didn't like was Prime 3.
Oh well... I guess some things are neglected to be explained. Hopefully Nintendo will pump out some good new Metroid games for NX, definitely not holding my breath though...
Looks better than Federation Force.
@A01 A plastic bag looks better than Federation Force.
Heh, better snag it up quick, I enjoyed the demo.
@YeshaYahu5417 Whilst Metroid is a... somewhat neglected franchise, I can assure you, it is not their least treated franchise. There are many far more obscure Nintendo franchises which get nowhere near the treatment that Metroid gets, and even among the better known ones, series like F-Zero and Punch-Out have fewer entries and go longer without them.
While to some it may not be exactly a thing to be celebrated, at the very least, the Metroid series is getting a spin-off game this year.
I downloaded it but I will buy any Metroid games in the future.
@FireFlower Federation Force is probably what is for the 30th Anniversary.
They didn't do anything special for F-Zero's 20th anniversary or any of their other series that isn't Mario, Zelda, or Pokemon.
Would be a nice little port too put on the NX handheld.
Cease and desist in.....in all serious though this project is awesome. However this is Nintendo we're talking about. "Fan effort" means nothing to them at all, only fan MONEY.
@Xaessya They did something for Kirby's 20th too. Remember that compilation disc for the Wii?
@Marce2240 I remember Kirby's Dream Collection not coming out in the UK and Europe. That frustrated me quite a bit.
It was nice to see a celebration of Kirby's 20th anniversary though, and goes to show that Nintendo can celebrate the anniversaries of series outside their biggest trio.
Wow, this looks like something every Nintendo fan would want. No doubt Reggie will make sure to kill it as soon as humanly possible.
This is amazing. If you just showed me footage of this, I would never guess this wasn't an officially developed Nintendo game.
Too bad Nintendo is so out of touch with its fans that they have to make their own Nintendo games.
Download it now before Nintendo's lawyers make them take it down!
Downloading now. Don't want to be left in the cold when/if Nintendo forces it offline.
I still have to play the original Metroid 2, though. Guess I should hit up eBay soon.
@YeshaYahu5417 The Metroid series has never sold as well as many of Nintendo's other franchises like Mario, the DK platformers, Zelda, Kirby, or even Animal Crossing. This is something they themselves have acknowledged, but they know that fans are still out there. I think that they also feel that they need to innovate and add new gameplay elements whenever they make a new installment in a beloved franchise. Nintendo actually said that the reason we don't have a new F-Zero is because they didn't feel like there was anything new to do with it that they haven't already done.
I think we will get another prime game eventually when they feel like enough time has passed.
Thank goodness for fans, because we all know Nintendo would never make a Metroid game.
Downloading before Nintendo issues a C&D. They won't want people playing a Metroid game that isn't Federation Force for the 30th anniversary!
@Tops Nice investigating. I would like to know what is up with that. Old rules maybe?
Yeah, that's the unfortunate thing about Nintendo and their practice. They will lose fans; I know because I've been one... And they're losing my interest pretty quick with their no info no games anymore logic.
They made it so that the Chozo ruins background music isn't ear-bleeding terrible to listen to? What sorcery is this!?
Ummm, this is amazing. Holy carp, a fan outdid Nintendo at Metroid. PLAY THIS!!!!!
Maybe it's just me, but the story's plot seems off. If I remember correctly, Samus was not the best choice for the mission. She was called in to finish the mission because other teams who were ordered to do the extermination had disappeared.
As far as "why you no do Metroid, Nintendo" goes, they have their reasons. Their dev teams may be deep in other projects. They can't just drop other projects and make something Metroid-related. There is the NX releasing next March, and they must have games for it, to prevent another Wii U and/or 3DS situation from happening. However you feel about Federation Force, it is still a Metroid game, and many of the complaints regarding it are rather stupid, such as no playable Samus.
Well, it took him what.......8 years to make it? I believe the author began dabbling with the concept back in 2008.
I love Metroid II, but I know in my heart it's not a very good game. Hopefully this remake fixes things while retaining the weird spirit Metroid II has. It's really not quite like any other Metroid game.
Also, it'd be great if someone could do a remake of Metroid Fusion. That game is so horrible it makes my blood boil.
Played one of the demos a while ago and it was AWESOME. Metroid 2 is a classic and desperately needed an overhaul. Hopping on to download the full version now!!!
But do you prefer?, information of a game that will be out soon and "well done"; or information of a game that will be released soon but with many bugs and gameplay issues.That's what bothers me people are impatient today knowing that the games are not very quick to develop...
Example: Star Fox Zero:
They had time to develop, but people wanted the game already, and when they saw the problem of control, they had to delay it, but as there was also delayed Zelda for another year, here came the pressure to have the game ready for the people do not impatient; Nintendo should have announced Foz Star Zero a few months it was finished, but, as people want more games soon, the pressure in Nintendo is huge, and not just for Nintendo ...
now, NX, you want a NX Great or NX mediocre?, then wait!!
The ice beam is further into this final version because he found a brilliant way to work it into the experience. Let's just say, getting the ice beam feels momentous now and not just a "oh cool, ice beam" moment.
Oh, and Metroids now fall when you freeze them. It's great to see it happen, a small touch but this game is full of both large strokes of genius and small finishing touches. It's the complete deal. I'm just glad I didn't realize how great this fan project would turn out 8 years ago, the wait would have been unbearable.
@SanderEvers You clearly haven't played it. This goes far beyond a simple remake. This is a better remake of Metroid 2 than Zero Mission was for the NES Metroid. This dev didn't make power bombs a super late game powerup like Zero Mission, this dev made entirely new physics and puzzle changes, I mean, the list goes on and on.
Mac compatible by chance? May just download it anyway before Nintendo finally sends a C&D.
This looks very cool, and the small amount I've played was indeed cool, but it's crashing out as soon as I get hit by an enemy so it's obviously got at least one bug that still needs to be fixed, and a pretty major one at that.
Just played it. I have to say that it's a really good game. Really fast-paced and lots to explore, and i'm not even a Metroid fan. It's a shame that Nintendo didn't do something like this for Metroid's 30 anniversary, but at least a fan did.
@Kirk I experienced no bugs in this release. What system do you run? I'm just running it on Windows 10 on an inexpensive laptop and no issues. I didn't even change it to compatibility mode like some programs need.
Looks neat, but yeah I do expect Nintendo to pull a C and D. I understand why, but it's a shame they dont do what Capcom did with that one guy and Mega Man vs. SF. Now if only Ninty and Capcom would pick up good fan made game developers.
This is really good. Enjoying it much more than the original game boy version. Great stuff!
Played the demo sometime back and it was so good! Can't wait to finally finish it. The only thing that's missing is a scan line filter.
Thanks god someone did a real Metroid.
If Nintendo announced something like this instead of Federation Force, I bet Metroid fans would have been alot happier.
Come on Nintendo! I have been waiting for a sequel to metroid fusion for several years now!
Is it truly completely done? Finally!
I played a demo some months ago and it wasn't completed yet.
@Uncensored Right? I want to know what happens from there! It's almost a cliff-hanger.
@Kirk Does not happen here. Widows 7 64 bit on my laptop working flawlessly. Try running the game in compatibility mode.
@EXP How is Fusion horrible? It's my second favourite 2D Metroid:(
I actually finished it this morning with an 82% completion rating! The Queen is BRUTAL until you learn her attack pattern! This is one of those games that RIGHT after you finish, you actually WANT to start all over again and play it! Awesome music, tight controls, LOVELY graphics! This game is AWESOME!!
Also, I saw somewhere where MetroidHQ will do a charity fundraiser by playing through Zero Mission, AM2R, Super Metroid, and Fusion in one sitting!
I want to thank those that worked EXTREMELY hard to make such a wonderful game as well as the fans for supporting it!
Downloaded it and I've been playing it for the last day and a half. I'm 93% done, but as usual in 2D Metroid games I'm having trouble getting some of the expansions that require Shinespark tricks (if anyone knows how to get them, I can't get the one in Area 1 that you need the electrical ball thing to open and Area 3 in the upper right corner of the area that has a column of Power Bomb blocks in front of it). Anyway, this game is amazing and really breathes life into the original experience, and it'd be a travesty if Nintendo takes it down.
@Marce2240 Go back to the outside of the area and go in the bottom entrance (it should be underwater and there should be a set of columns before it). Go through to the next room where you'll see columns of crates, you need to use the Speed Booster and Space Jump through the crates until you get to the other end of the room. In the next room, fall down through the pipe (there's a crumbling block on the far right) and go into the room on your right and continue through to the next room where you'll be at the bottom of a long vertical shaft. Go up until you see a room on the left and you'll be in a long room with a bunch of platforms, continue to the left end of the room and you'll find a pipe that takes you to the upper section of the area. Here, you'll see another wall of bubbles and you'll see a wall above it, shoot the suspicious blue block on the wall and there will be a Morph Ball Tunnel bypassing it. Go in the door and viola, you'll find a Chozo Statue with the Ice Beam.
Downloaded just in case it gets pulled and i might want to play it.
Looks great! Why can't Nintendo make anything like this anymore?
As much as I love this and the idea, Nintendo doesn't care as much about Metroid as Westerners do. They will probably never put the resources they should into projects like this, and it is pretty sad to me. It would be awesome for Nintendo to hire this team and get them to develop a new Metroid for NX.
I'm at 99% item percentage and agonizing over the one pickup I can't find.
It's turning into a better game than Super Metroid.
Mechanic's are more stylized and snappy, makes you gotta Git Gud. Love that Bomb to Spider Ball puzzle.
If there's anything I love about the game, ledge hopping animation.
This looks neat and all, but honestly, who wants to play such an outdated game? I don't get this obsession with retro. Outdated things were replaced with new, improved versíons for a reason.
I'd rather have Nintendo invent new IP (like Splatoon) instead.
Why didn't that guy make a modern Metroid game instead of a remake?
And what is all the fuss about anyway? The Metroid franchise got so many new titles in the Gamecube and Wii era, while a lot of other Nintendo franchises are waiting for a new entry a lot longer (like F-Zero for example).
Seriously, Metroid is ripe for a film trilogy, but we really don't need new Metroid games at this point.
@MrPuzzlez I'm having enough problems with the Omegas. I can't even imagine how bad the Queen must be.
@Bolt_Strike A beastie, for sure! But! Learn her pattern and take advantage of what she spits from her mouth with the ice beam. If the items are out of reach, charge up!
IMO, the Omegas were harder than the Queen because they have a tiiiiiny weak spot. Use your supers boldly then hide and seek with your regulars.
My method for beating Omegas went like this:
Aim super or regular missiles at its weak spot until it gets pretty close to me, then jump to the top of the room and attach to the ceiling with instant morph button + spider ball attach. Stay up here until the Omega turns around and gives you room to repeat. It certainly preserves health.
They don't just camp and wait for you to come down, they actually leave you alone each time you trick them like this, thank heavens, lol.
I've been playing this masterpiece since yesterday and, OMG, it looks and play awesome. I've been playing SM and MF on the VC and this is the best game by far. Amazing how the love of a fan can deliver such a thing! Nintendo should remaked all the 2D Metroids for this 30th aniversary. Instead we will get that carp called Federation Force.
@MrPuzzlez I've gotten better at them now. I've found the best time to hit them is right after they spit fire at you, beyond that I just dodge its attacks and hide in the upper ground when I feel I'm about to be cornered. They're still pretty tough though, I've still died quite a bit with that strategy.
Anyway, I'm up to 97% and I know there's the two Shinespark expansions I mentioned earlier, but there's probably one more beyond that. Anyone want to compare notes?
And yet we're getting Federation Force lol. GG Nintendo.
@dronesplitter Have you gotten the Gravity Suit yet? There's a known issue experienced by Windows 10 users where whenever the Gravity Suit is enabled, Samus turns invisible (I've experienced this issue myself, it's manageable but extremely annoying). If you're running Windows 10 and not seeing this glitch, the problem might be a little more complicated.
@Bolt_Strike I'm on Windows 10 and have no gravity suit glitch at all. I'm not invisible with gravity activated and I now have 100% on my file. It's probably not a guaranteed bug, but only happens in isolated cases.
@Dr_Corndog If you have a 3DS, there is the Virtual Console release. No Super Game Boy coloration option, but I've seen arguments toward monochrome's strengths: http://www.jonas-kyratzes.net/2007/04/26/the-graphics-of-metroid-ii/
Seems the site got taken down. Nintendo... please.
All I can say is they were too late if it's really Nintendo trying to stop this. Talk about being asleep at the wheel, I already finished this amazing Metroid game 100%, Nintendo, so I'm good. Also, the game will be out there in some form even if the author complies with any takedown notice (if one happens anyway). It's already released.
Indeed. Most fan made games never go far because they get shutdown before completion. This one is finished... and this is the age of the internet. The file will now always be available if you know where to look.
@Nashew Well some of the Twitter comments are saying that it could be a fake Nintendo account by some troll wanting to take it down.
But if this is real, then Nintendo's effectively killed the Metroid fanbase by proving how boneheaded they are with this series, and it'll be a shame to see such a great series go.
Nintendo really needs to take a page from SEGA and actually work with these fan developers, not shut them down. The fans clearly have a better idea of where this series needs to go than Nintendo is, so opening up the opportunity for fans to work on their IPs could really help the IPs that Nintendo doesn't really give enough love to. They don't have a dedicated team to work on Metroid, so maybe the fans can fill that gap.
This is so cool, too bad it is not on the Wii U.
It feels like I've been following the development of this game for 10 years. Amazing to see it's finally complete!
Downloading this before a takedown notice is issued.
Well, it IS rather disturbing that I can no longer connect to the Metroid Database.
Hey, guys! Isn't the Power Bomb on this game AWESOME??!!! Now THAT'S an explosion!!
@Zach777 i just read that they already hit the host of the remake with a c&d, according to game informer. i shoulda predicted world peace while i was at it.
@MrPuzzlez Holy hell, I just got to the Queen and she is EVIL. This fight is so ridiculously long that I'm having trouble outlasting her. Yeah, no, the Omegas don't even come close to this.
@3MonthBeef Well that's a bigger problem with Nintendo, they're disrespecting westerner's views. They cannot survive in this market if they're going to hold that kind of attitude.
@Jamotello That's just a site that distributes the game, not the developer of the game. Also, it appears to be fake, the developer has said he's gotten no such takedown notice. https://www.reddit.com/r/Metroid/comments/4wngys/mdb_no_longer_hosting_am2r_due_to_dmca_takedown/d68ickt?st=irlecrd2&sh=015bd0ed
Awww shucks. I tried to DL it earlier but got distracted by something else. Oh well... Maybe someday Nintendo will do Metroid justice and make a proper sequel. Ahhh... maybe Nintendo will do itself justice and make a game at this rate. It's been quiet. Too quiet.
@Zach777 Nope, that DMCA notice was issued to Metroid Database, which is a download site. The developer's site is still up and you can download it from there.
As a matter of fact, there's questions about the credibility of that takedown notice anyway.
I'm trying to download but the AM2R zip thing seems to be stuck on downloading. It just says starting. I'm not very good with computers and this is my first downloaded game. Help?
NEVERMIND I fixed it. My goodness this game is Awesome!
Been waiting for this for a while - congratulations on release.
Honestly, all of this about the C&D would have happened a long time ago if it was going to. By all means download it now regardless - it's good.
Mostly good. There's this cute endgame section under the golden temple that isn't fair.
I blame my controller...
IMPOSSIBLE! I demand skreneshotz!
Fan does what Nintendon't and Nintenwon't. Shame on you Big N, Samus deserves to be treated better!
Oh well, this remake is delightful and a grand job. Neentendou still hasn't shot it down, so grab it while you can!
Because they almost killed the franchise with Other M. But let's pray to all gods you're right, as I'm waiting for a proper Metroid game since 2010...
But hey, at least we're treated better than F-Zero fans.
@Shiryu I'll give it a try.
@dronesplitter I just loaded it up and ran it as is on my crappy Windows 7 PC. And it completely crashed out the very first time I made contact with an enemy in the game, and did the same each time I started again and then touched an enemy (I think I tried two or three times before giving up).
Just gave this a try and it's amazing, it's just as good as any official Metroid release IMHO. The control options are excellent (allowing you to set controls more like Zero Mission or Super Metroid) and Samus feels exactly as she does in Zero Mission with crisp, fluid movements that respond quickly to your inputs. It's a sterling achievement.
Nintendo, you need to get this game on your systems now! Don't go suing the author, hire him and get him working on 3DS and Wii U ports.
@Kirk Very wierd man, I have no such reports from anyone, anywhere. Give DirectX a update/upgrade/repair, that might sort it.
When remaking game it could be good idea to contact IP owner before making it available online. If they had done that we could have seen this game in eshop.
I've discovered that the queen in this can die two ways, cool. One way seems to be that you damage her enough that she has no time to try to swallow you at all.
@DarkJamD After like a year of porting it to 3DS. ><
But I have been playing this on my PC using a NES30 controller and it is GLORIOUS!!! This is so much damn fun. I played the Original Metroid II on my Gameboy (still have my copy!) and was crazy enough to play the game WITHOUT a map lol. Probably have around 30 or so hours in it. XD.
Imma downloading it! I saw a trailer for this years ago and I really want to play this game in remake form.
It´s a funny 30th anniversary for Metroid. I´m much more excited about the fan-game than the actual Nintendo product coming soon.
I'm glad to see this is finally finished. Already downloading it. I played one of the demos years ago and honestly loved the original Metroid 2. It's survived so long, so maybe that's Nintendo's way of silently approving it. (Although isn't legal action essentially required?)
So I downloaded it, it all went very smooth. Tried my cheap usb-controller, all went fine. Smooth controls, nice graphics, nice music. Only a bit of screen-tearing, but that may be my old laptop (wich has Windows 10 on it by the way).
I love it, a cool remake of Metroid 2. By the way, I never got very far in Metroid 2 (I have the vc version), but that was because I got stuck. But now that I know what to do, I might try again someday!
Download it before its down, guys!
The original Metroid 2 has a similar overall design, but it lacks a ton of elements that this remake brings to the table. The Game Boy original was all about the hunt of the metroids with hardly any boss fights other than the metroids themselves. Although Arachnus is actually in the original game, he dies from a couple of morph ball bombs and barely puts up any fight at all. You'll find that AM2R adds several other really cool fights as mini bosses, a few totally new areas (some quite large), and features a better sense of connectivity and pacing as you explore SR388. It feels like DocM64 (and his team) has expanded things out to almost double the content.
Oh, and beams didn't stack in the original game. This meant if you had spazer and picked up plasma or ice, you had to live with one or the other, so it was not possible to freeze enemies with plasma power. AM2R revamps things to have the standard beam mixing that the series is now known to support in most releases.
It's a superbly handled remake. Top tier, irrefutably so.
@TJF588 Tempting, but I like to have physical copies of all my Metroid titles.
I downloaded the game yesterday, only to learn a few minutes ago that Nintendo's lawyers pitched a fit. Oh, well; at least I can still play my copy.
The irony of Nintendo being the cancer killing video games is both surreal and infuriating.
Screw you, nintendo.
I hope I don't get the axe for this, but May It Live Forever As a Torrent.
@Zach777 exactly! Nintendo could hire this guy, polish the game up a little bit and release it on VC.
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