Set your clocks back 30 years, or calendars back 30 years, and around this time you’ll be witnessing the launch of Nintendo’s action-adventure title, Metroid. Recently, to celebrate the anniversary of the launch, a group of Metroid fanatics, and game makers released their own Metroid game, called Another Metroid 2 Remake, or AM2R for short. Nintendo had the classic response, send in the lawyers to protect its IP.
Launching back in 1986 on the classic Famicom system, Metroid quickly garnered a dedicated, and very passionate following, in a fledgling video game market, still getting over the great crash of 1983. If you’re interested in a short history of Metroid, Kotaku has an article about it here.
Releasing completely free, with no fees hidden or otherwise attached, Another Metroid 2 Remake launched on the annivsiary date of the originals launch. Although a demo version was available back in 2014, this launch marked the full version of the game, after 10 long years of development.
Metroid Database, one of the internet leading fan sites for the Metroid series, posted this tweet in response to Nintendo of Americas dislike of AM2R.
Friends: Nintendo has hit us (meaning, our website host) with a DMCA takedown notice. We can no longer host the AM2R file. Sorry!
— Metroid Database (@MetroidDatabase) August 7, 2016
Metroid Database followed up that tweet with the full email they received from Nintendo of America.
Dear Copyright Agent,
We represent Nintendo of America Inc. (Nintendo) in intellectual property matters. Nintendo recently learned that content hosted by SoftLayer at http://www.metroid-database.com/files/AM2R_10.zip infringes copyrights owned by Nintendo. This notice is provided pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 USC Â§ 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.
Attorney for Nintendo of America Inc.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower | 111 S.W. Fifth Avenue | Portland, Oregon 97204
Office: 503.224.5858 | Fax: 503.224.0155
They have since then confirmed that this email is a legit cease and desist email from Nintendo of America. Why NoA would target a fan remake like this is clear, as Nintendo has in the past targeted fan remakes of its titles on a consistent basis. However, the game is still available around the internet with a little bit of searching.
Let us know what you think of this remake, and Nintendo’s stance on fan remakes of its games in the comments section below.