AM2R Creators Don’t Want People to Boycott Metroid: Samus Returns

Awhile back, a lot of seemingly justified hate was thrown at Nintendo when they shut down AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) almost immediately after the game released. Nintendo had not only (at least on the surface), practically abandoned the franchise, they shut down what was then (and still is) a really impressive remake of a game the fan base loved. A lot of the hate, of course, was stemmed not from the fact that Nintendo didn’t have the right to do it, but that Nintendo was killing it while at the same time not doing anything for the series.

It turns out not only was Metroid Prime 4 in the works, an official Metroid II remake was going on as well inside Nintendo. There are still many avid fans who are trying to encourage folks to boycott Metroid: Samus Returns. However, the creators of AM2R are weighing in, suggesting that the boycott flys directly in the face of what AM2R truly was meant to do. Here is how they put it in a reddit post:

Hello, everyone.

To our surprise, an official remake of Metroid 2 was announced during the Nintendo Treehouse last week. Let it be know that DoctorM64 and the rest of the devs behind AM2R are very much looking forward to Metroid: Samus Returns. AM2R was originally started to serve as a platform to practice programming. After 10 years, it gained a much bigger following than anticipated and eventually served as a loudspeaker for the demand of mainline Metroid titles.

Now we know Nintendo was listening.

Whether or not AM2R had any influence on Metroid 2 receiving an official remake, we honestly don’t know but so far the signs seem to point to no. Yoshio Sakamoto was not aware of the project until after M:SR had already been in development for about a year. (http://kotaku.com/the-creator-of-metroid-ii-fan-game-am2r-isnt-mad-about-1796175492?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Twitter&utm_source=Kotaku_Twitter&utm_medium=Socialflow)

Regardless of their awareness of the project, the fact that we are getting two brand new Metroid games is wonderful news! Most fans, like us, seem to be ecstatic. However there’s some concerning behavior cropping up.

This morning I saw on Twitter that some people want to boycott M:SR to support AM2R (https://twitter.com/sabre230_AM2R/status/876493925694881796). PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. If you don’t want to buy the game because you can’t afford to or it doesn’t seem like a game you would enjoy, don’t buy it. That’s your money, spend it the way you want. But if you’re not buying it because of the whole AM2R/Nintendo debacle, that makes the community look bad, like we’re upset with them for giving us what we’ve been asking for for years.

The overwhelming support is great, we’re so incredibly thankful for everyone who played the game and stuck by us when things got rough. Your kind words mean the world to us.

tl;dr – We love you and the support you give us, but now it’s time to support Nintendo for listening to their fans. Play Metroid: Samus Returns, show them yes, this is what we want!

Thank you for your time.

In other words folks, if you wanted a Metroid II remake, boycotting a real one doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

 

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

A veteran in the video game media sphere, Nathanial co-founded Gamnesia, founded MetroidWiki.org, ran the news the segment on the Zelda Universe Podcast, found and ran Zelda Domain from 1998 to 2006, and built Zelda Informer as the Editor-in-Chief from 2008 to 2017. He now owns and operates Nintendo Prime. You can follow him on twitter @NateJanc, otherwise just stay tuned at Nintendo Prime for more of his work.

  • Martin Roselli

    It saddens me that some people would feel so entitled as to say things like they don’t need another remake (when in fact, they are prlly gonna be very different games) or that they should’ve hired the people from AM2R.
    If anything this could explain the legal actions against AM2R (though I personally don’t think there’s a correlation there).
    Videogame fans are so… hyper reacting. You don’t have to hate everything, you don’t have to expect a thing and get mad for every single thing that’s not what you expected, you don’t have to be afraid for every franchise. The time where videogames were highly frowned upon by most people is in the past, can’t people just be happy with things they like and ignore things they don’t? Live and let live.
    We are getting TWO metroid games! How is this not a good thing?!
    I wish I could say all this to the entire gaming world…

  • Corvo Attano

    I just want these Nintendo games to be on PC, Android and iOS (although I don’t care for iOS). Mainly because at this point, 1080p 60 fps is guaranteed at this point unless you are running a budget rig, and gameplay recording is so much easier thanks to Shadowplay (Nvidia gpu required).

    • Andy Snyd

      ikr i own breath of the wild on switch and wii u but i had to emulate it to record it and im not a fan of having to do that and i don’t want to pay 2 – 300 dollars on a good capture card if i dont have too.

  • Jorge Tavani

    we need to boycott this game (nah i just joking :p)

  • Leonard Norwood Jr.

    That’s always been the problem with some people, they just get so arrogant and self-entitled about things not going their way. It’s so bad stuff like that could actually contribute to what could be the end of a franchise. We all know the progress Nintendo has made that decisions that made things go up and down, but they are still the only ones to provide, and the future of each ips depends on not only how they make the game, but support of the people who buys them. When these people thought about boycotting, I actually thought that that these guys would rather not have Metroid continue at all. You get two games and it’s still not enough. I’m glad creators brings stuff like this up. They made that game out of a passion and love for the series for people to enjoy, but they want people to know that buying Metroid games from Nintendo is still the best way they can support the series, without any support whatsoever, Metroid would be finished sooner than later.

    Sometimes I just don’t believe people, but that’s what happens when they let plenty of mishaps just get them so livid even to the point that even when the opportunity arises for what could be the continuous of their favorite series, they let some bad news ruin the moment. It’s not the first time we get good news from Nintendo, then some news of what they did recently that’s not good with the fans brings them back to complaining a lot. Don’t get me wrong, some things are sensible and Nintendo does need to work on these things, but come on.

    I’ve already made my argument, in the end AM2R is a fan game, while a good one, is ultimately not done by Nintendo, plus there’s still the stance of Nintendo fan games that hasn’t been settled yet, but AM2R gets a lucky break because guess what? It’s already out there on the Internet for everyone to play on. It’s only a matter of where you need to look for it. But don’t expect something like that to happen from the same creators, as the guy already has a job that ultimately results from his payoff of his creations that has to be part of his portfolio. It’s that kind of opportunity anyone who wants to be a game developer is working to have such an event become reality, and be a part of the gaming world in that way. Good for the guy, and I hope to see more of his work in the future.

  • Gino Vincenzini

    Frankly I wish I could boycott it now that I’ve bought and started playing it. Samus Returns is really a crap game for its difficulty, gimmicky features, and frustrating gameplay. The only redeeming qualities are the graphics and the music and AM2R still does both better by comparison.