Project AM2R (Metroid II Fan Remake) Gets New Demo

By Ishaan . January 12, 2013 . 10:30am

Project AM2R, a fan remake of Metroid II, is still in development, and a couple of weeks ago, its creator released a version 1.1 demo to the public to try out. You can download the demo at this page. We’ve taken a few screenshots to show off below.


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  • ronin4life

    … how has this managed to survive? I thought Nintendo usually shut these kind of things down?

    I can’t be impressed… because I don’t remember what M2 looked like. Gonna go look that up…
    Wow. This is pretty cool…

    • WizardoftheBlueOrder

      Have you seen the sheer number of Mario hacks around? In general, from what I’ve seen, Nintendo doesn’t mind the fan projects. I think they’ve said something along the lines of “understanding that the fans are excited and love the games, and wanting ways to show off their excitement and love”

      I mean, they let the Zelda fan live action movie go through and stay up long enough for everyone who wanted to see it to download it, as well as make sure it had internet immortality. (Instead of an outright C&D, this was a postponed one. I believe it was something like them recognizing the fans’ devotion, but wanting to protect Live Action Zelda in case they wanted to one day pursue that angle.) They not only allowed the Zelda Reorchestrated project (and made it legal with respect to copyright) but they also took it upon themselves to give advice to make sure it met their standards. They let Mother 3 and all of its fan stuff go through.

      While they do shut down things like pseudo-MMO Pokemon, and they did overall C&D the Zelda Live Action movie, I think Nintendo’s generally a lot better about letting the fans do their thing than most other companies. They’re probably about on par with Capcom as far as letting the fans go to town.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Hey, Nintendo. We want a new 2D Metroid.

    • Go2hell66

      and a new 2D castlevania while they’re at it

      • Derek E Nay

        Nintendo owns Castlevania?

        • Dede Ogbe

          they don’t

        • Go2hell66

          lol well no, guess that should be directed at konami XD

        • not true, Konami owns CastleVania.

        • Derek E Nay

          lol I love how at least two people reply trying to “correct” me :P. It was more of a sarcastic response to Go2hell66.

      • Yes, yes and a thousand times yes. This would be so good :x A new 2D Metroid AND Castlevania?

      • AkuLord3

        Oh god yes…please Konami get Koji Igarashi out of his prison cage and make him do the games i enjoy again…*goes to replay

        Order of Ecclesia”

        • eilegz

          it was kojima who put iga in a prison :(

          • What is a haircut?

          • eilegz

            i think it was the belmont whip that scare the hell out of its coworkers xdddd

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      2D star fox…. hmmm

    • Yes, a new 2D Metroid made by Team Ninja. Baby baby baby baby baby.

  • hiro64

    Seems awesome. I have tried previously to play the original version, but just couldn’t find a way to go through the game….

    Let’s try again hehe

  • ResidentMetroid

    Wow, looks pretty good.

  • Visa Vang

    Yeah the games pretty awesome. Ah, good ol’ days IN HD!!!

  • The map system itself is worth it. I purchased this game off the e-shop (not having been able to play it back in the day, I remember seeing it in the stores but I had never played Metroid before so I wouldn’t know what I was missing out on), and honestly, I really missed an auto-map feature of sorts.

    That being said, I am definitely supporting this 100%.

  • This looks like it’ll be pretty cool until it gets C&D’d by Nintendo’s lawyers.

    • CirnoLakes

      I’m going to just cross my fingers and hope that doesn’t happen.

  • CirnoLakes

    Wait, Siliconera are discussing fan-made games now?

    That’s pretty awesome!

  • Brimfyre

    That would be great if Nintendo was smart for once, like Capcom did with Street Fighter vs. Megaman and just paid the guy for this and released it officially.

    It would save them time, money, and they would get incredable good press.

    They won’t because if anything is clear from the complete lack of updates on the Wii U shop since release it is that Nintendo is allergic to money and they don’t want their fans to give them any.


    • I honestly doubt that this game would receive any sort of critical acclaim if it were released as an official Nintendo product or a collaborative product.

      The idea of a Metroid II remake is nice, and the creator is clearly putting a lot of effort into making this game, but something that he can’t change is that Metroid II was very much a product of its time. They were trying to take the concept of Metroid and squeeze it down onto the Game Boy, which brought with it a lot of changes and compromises.

      For starters, Metroid II is a slower-paced game. Samus doesn’t run, she jogs. In her original GB version, her sprite took up nearly 1/3 of the screen. Because the game was slower, a lot of Metroid II’s areas are designed more with constant jumping around in mind, rather than running/quick-paced exploration.

      This is very noticeable in the remake, in areas where you have large stretches of terrain that you’d expect to be able to run across in a straight line, but annoying little nooks and speedbumps get in the way. It would take a much more ambitious re-imagining than this to modernize Metroid II and bring it up to par with Zero Mission or Super or Fusion.

      • AaqibRawat

        I prefer metroid 2 over fusion and zero mission.

        fusion and zero mission tell you where to go making the games really short.

        metroid 2 is a pain in the ass you can be stuck for hours but when you do find out where to go it feels good :]

        I would buy it in a heart beat if it was an official release Other m Left a bad taste with me :{

        • Fusion is more linear and objective-driven but Zero Mission is very open and exploratory.To each their own, I suppose. To me, ZM is the best game in the series. Metroid II is probably the weakest in my opinion. I like Other M a whole lot, too. Despite whatever faults it may have had, it got a lot of things right and layed down a template for future games.

          • Brimfyre

            Yep I actually agree with everything you said. I’m one of the few Other M supporters.

            Even if Nintendo is reeling still from the Other M backlash, they could still look at the complete success of ZM and at least do a 3DS game to get them back on track. Like you said a Metroid II remaining.

            It’s just that I get this feeling they have no clue what to do with the franchise anymore. So I would take a fan remake that was officially released instead of nothing.

  • Sergio Briceño

    Going to give it a look. Never actually finished M2.

  • Dude this is awesome. They really should remake metroid 2. The gameboy original game is hard to go back to.

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