Not content with waiting it out for Nintendo to release a version for the current-gen consoles — or the upcoming NX — a group of fans created their own remake of Metroid, and it was awesome.
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) had been in development for more than a decade, and was based on the popular Gameboy title: ‘Metroid II: The Return of Samus.’ On Saturday, the creators launched the full version free of charge. After playing it this weekend, I can honestly say it was as good or better than any Metroid game I’ve played — and I’ve played them all.
According to DoctorM64, one of the game’s developers:
It was a long journey. I grew up both as a person and as a developer along this project. Today I can start sharing with you the rest of the game. There’s lots of improvements and features planned for a near future.
The fun ended yesterday after a DMCA request made its way to Metroid Database — a Metroid fansite and host of the game’s files. Curiously, the game’s official site wasn’t targeted with a takedown request, but this may be because the files are hosted with third-party hosts, like MediaFire and FileDropper (there’s a torrent file as well).
As of this writing, the files still appear to work on the AM2R website. Get ’em while you can; they won’t be there for long.
Update: Well, it was fun while it lasted. It seems like the files have been taken down.