JAPANESE GAMING OUTFIT Nintendo has cottoned onto the fact that some fans have created a version of Metroid 2 as an homage to the game that was launched 30 years ago.
AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) shone briefly, according to TorrentFreak, and was a fan-made thing for fans.
The suggestion is that it was never going to hurt Nintendo financially, but we assume that Nintendo would want to make its own kind of splash on a 30-year anniversary and get all the available attention.
Metroid 2 was pretty well accepted by players and reviewers, but not by anyone at Nintendo. The firm sent lawyers in the direction of the developers and an official takedown and removal notice.
It seems to have worked. The game came out for downloading on 6 August, according to the developer's Twitter feed, which does not mention the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). Today is 9 August.
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, a fan site for the game that has run since 1996, posted a link to a torrent for the game and celebrated the release, but soon tweeted that it received the letter and had to go along with it.
"August 6 marks the 30th anniversary of Metroid's original release in Japan, and in celebration DoctorM64 has released his masterwork, AM2R," the site said.
"In short, it's the sort of remake fans have been hoping for since Zero Mission was announced a decade ago. It is quite an achievement and certainly has the Metroid spark, so is well worth exploring. AM2R is free to download, and you should go and get it immediately to see for yourself."
By the end of the post the text is being struck through, and there are suggestions that people should download it. Then comes the update.
"We were hit with a DMCA from an attorney on behalf of Nintendo and were forced to take down the file links," said the post.
All of the download links have been removed. µ
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