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Title: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: tvtoon on August 06, 2016, 06:42:54 pm
Good experience, great game, get it while the C&D is not coming! (http://metroid2remake.blogspot.ca/2016/08/am2r-10-released.html) :D
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Jorpho on August 06, 2016, 08:39:50 pm
Holy cow, it finally finished!?

First Sonic Mania, and now this!  What's next?  Card Sagas Wars?  Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth?  Night of the Meteor?  Super Mario Fusion Revival (or whatever they're calling it now) ?

Ordinarily I wouldn't start playing something like this until the next version, but oh yes, I'm downloading this now before the C&D comes along.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MathUser2929 on August 06, 2016, 09:26:00 pm
I'd like to see a youtube video or pics. I didn't get far in M2 so I don't think I'll play this. It's good to see it made it to 1.0 tho.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Axiphel on August 07, 2016, 06:09:14 am
Looks and plays great so far!
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Gamerhenky on August 07, 2016, 11:26:21 pm
Look https://seafoamgaming.com/2016/08/07/noa-isnt-your-enemy-regarding-the-am2r-takedown/

(I don't know if Nintento are doing that) (https://www.twitter.com/MetroidDatabase/status/762485456621625345)  :banghead:

UPDATE: Good Lord (AM2R is down).
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MisterJones on August 08, 2016, 02:43:34 am
It definitely feels like the zero mission take on metroid 2. Loads of great changes and keeps the spirit of the original to a degree. It misses a bit of the atosphere, but gameplay wise its top notch
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: justin3009 on August 08, 2016, 09:52:20 am
It's honestly a brilliant fan remake. Beat this bugger in one sitting. The gameplay is practically flawless and it feels just like Metroid. They did a fantastic job!
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Spooniest on August 08, 2016, 10:20:12 am
Message to Nintendo
Re: Metroid's 30th Anniversary

C/O RHDN

You can't keep a good space hunter down.

Samus Aran
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: stuffgnome on August 08, 2016, 04:34:45 pm
Too bad the source was not released along with the executable, the Linux version never even made it out.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Sliver X on August 08, 2016, 08:01:35 pm
Too bad the source was not released along with the executable, the Linux version never even made it out.

About an hour of my save game was logged running it on my Linux laptop under Wine. I had absolutely no issues. (http://sliverx.arc-nova.org/am2r-wine.png)
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: jink640 on August 08, 2016, 08:23:02 pm
YES! YES! YES! I got it before it was shut down. oh wait..... Im not even a fan of metroid  :(
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: resq on August 08, 2016, 09:33:03 pm
not a fan of Metroid? begone thou unholiest of impersonators! :P
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: VicVergil on August 08, 2016, 10:01:18 pm
Look https://seafoamgaming.com/2016/08/07/noa-isnt-your-enemy-regarding-the-am2r-takedown/

(I don't know if Nintento are doing that) (https://www.twitter.com/MetroidDatabase/status/762485456621625345)  :banghead:

UPDATE: Good Lord (AM2R is down).

Major gaming sites giving needless exposure to legally grey fan projects for clicks. Said articles often dwell on the legal aspect, even reaching for the companies "for comment" to cement the point. Fan-translations get some hatred on the virtue of being accurate and not changing stuff unlike localizations and thus "dry" and undeserving existence. Project gets taken down with a C&D. Articles about the C&D drama and more clicks. Even better are the ones where they go "but why take down this when you missed that other fan project too?" Rinse and repeat.

However by now many have caught on to this charade. Super Metroid Fusion's author when he got the unwanted coverage just went in hiding mode for a few months, site closed, project on hold and all... then after a while resumes working on it. Now there's articles about how Nintendo never took down fan projects before, and calling everyone calling them out on harming the project with such exposure.

To deny the project takedown as it's ongoing is a new low, to be honest.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Idkbutlike2 on August 09, 2016, 12:30:38 am
Got the game one minute one and beat on day one. Fantastic remake. Sucks that Nintendo had to give it the axe.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Kallisto on August 09, 2016, 02:50:27 am
Angered as I have been all night about this, but I hope one day justice will be served.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Axiphel on August 09, 2016, 08:53:25 am
If anyone needs it just remember help will always be offered to those who ask for it. ;)
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: CM30 on August 09, 2016, 11:01:10 am
Major gaming sites giving needless exposure to legally grey fan projects for clicks. Said articles often dwell on the legal aspect, even reaching for the companies "for comment" to cement the point. Fan-translations get some hatred on the virtue of being accurate and not changing stuff unlike localizations and thus "dry" and undeserving existence. Project gets taken down with a C&D. Articles about the C&D drama and more clicks. Even better are the ones where they go "but why take down this when you missed that other fan project too?" Rinse and repeat.

However by now many have caught on to this charade. Super Metroid Fusion's author when he got the unwanted coverage just went in hiding mode for a few months, site closed, project on hold and all... then after a while resumes working on it. Now there's articles about how Nintendo never took down fan projects before, and calling everyone calling them out on harming the project with such exposure.

To deny the project takedown as it's ongoing is a new low, to be honest.

As someone who runs a gaming site... I know what you mean here. A lot of sites do tend to hype the hell out of an ongoing project and risk it getting shut down and all that.

But that's kind of why I'm kind of cautious when I cover these games. If it's a project that's less than about 50% complete, I likely won't post an article about it. There are exceptions, but in those cases (like if I personally know the game's creator), I'll avoid mentioning it to the likes pf GoNintendo and My Nintendo News as well, and not post it on Reddit either. This stops the mainstream media going nuts over the games.

It's also why for my own works, I pretty much don't seek any attention until they're complete. The odd video (like on fan sites and stuff), sure. But I know that if it gets too heavily advertised, it'll get too much coverage on sites like Kotaku or IGN or what not and cause potential issues down the road.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Gamerhenky on August 09, 2016, 04:57:40 pm
No C&D letter received but DMCA for download host (http://metroid2remake.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-future-of-am2r.html)
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Spooniest on August 09, 2016, 05:07:46 pm
Perhaps Nintendo is thinking they have a fan-pleasing move up their sleeve after all?

Not ordering a Cease and Desist, but issuing a takedown notice?

Doesn't something seem odd about this to anyone else?
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Seihen on August 09, 2016, 06:04:36 pm
Perhaps Nintendo is thinking they have a fan-pleasing move up their sleeve after all?

Not ordering a Cease and Desist, but issuing a takedown notice?

Doesn't something seem odd about this to anyone else?

What would be the point of a C&D? The project is already finished.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MisterJones on August 09, 2016, 06:20:54 pm
he plans to continue updating, so it might sort of work...........................................................
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Psychlonic on August 10, 2016, 03:29:30 am
Well, they may have taken down this amazing remake of the game they seemingly forgot about, but at least we get that overpriced plug and play NES game library everyone is excited about for some reason plus the Wii U 2 is right around the corner. Nintendo knows what you really want. Don't question them. 
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: tc on August 10, 2016, 08:33:16 am
What would be the point of a C&D? The project is already finished.

For now there's still room to patch and update it. Nintendo hasn't (yet) swooped in with demands that development cease.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Gemini on August 10, 2016, 09:31:05 am
Well, the magnet link is still up and working. They certainly can't stop that, since the DMCA was directly aimed at the server hosting the release. Serves Nintendo right for being so fucking stupid about Metroid (yes Prime Federation, I'm looking at you).
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Spooniest on August 10, 2016, 09:50:05 am
Let me get this straight.

There's a new Metroid game coming out, and Samus is not in it.

This is how you make a Metroid game in the Bizzaro World.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Gemini on August 10, 2016, 10:12:28 am
^ That and the game looks super retarded. GG Nintendo.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Idkbutlike2 on August 10, 2016, 10:22:59 am
I guess Nintendo just doesn't like playing it particularly safe with Metroid. To their credit, Prime happened because of that, but it's been a downhill climb ever since.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MathUser2929 on August 10, 2016, 01:43:58 pm
Years ago everyone hated wind waker then it became a classic in the minds of people over time. Same could happen to Other M and that Federation game.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Kallisto on August 10, 2016, 04:17:29 pm
Nintendont

We don't do because reasons.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Zero Dozer on August 10, 2016, 04:25:15 pm
I would give my two cents about Nintendo's actions, but then I would get warned for spamming F-Bombs aimed at Nintendo.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Axiphel on August 10, 2016, 04:29:56 pm
Companies have to protect their IPs or else they risk losing them... It's not like they're doing it because they're trying to keep the little man down.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Idkbutlike2 on August 10, 2016, 08:19:49 pm
Companies have to protect their IPs or else they risk losing them... It's not like they're doing it because they're trying to keep the little man down.
I don't think people have too many complaints about the takedown. What's far more disappointing is the direction that Nintendo has taken Metroid these past eight years.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MisterJones on August 11, 2016, 10:16:27 am
Companies have to protect their IPs or else they risk losing them...

This is somewhat innacurate. Forst of all, what you might lose is a trademark, not uyour IP or any form of copyright. And even then, the conditions are very specific:

http://www.inta.org/TrademarkBasics/FactSheets/Pages/LossofTrademarkRightsFactSheet.aspx

The relevant bit for this scenario would be: " a trademark may be deemed abandoned if the trademark owner licenses or authorizes other parties to use its mark without exercising adequate control over the use of the mark, which can include inadequate control over the quality of the goods and/or services offered under the mark.

In addition, a trademark may be deemed abandoned if the trademark owner purports to assign its mark separate and apart from the goodwill represented by the mark. Under U.S. trademark law, this often is referred to as an “assignment in gross” of the mark. Other countries may recognize assignments without the associated goodwill. Always check with local counsel in the country in which an assignment is contemplated."

The dfun fatc is that the quality of this remake seems superior than what the actual owner has over it nowadays.


It should also be noted that they could have come into an arrangement for distribution as well, so it can become eventually an officially sanctioned product.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: CM30 on August 11, 2016, 10:25:32 am
Of course, if they lost the trademark, that wouldn't affect the copyright side of things. So... you might suddenly be able to use the name Metroid in reference to a video games, but not the actual characters from Nintendo's Metroid series.

So even losing the trademark wouldn't really do all too much. You still couldn't say, sell your own version of an existing Metroid game.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MisterJones on August 11, 2016, 10:30:26 am
There might be a ground for the takedown in favor for nintendo (which is still dickish tho):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use
"For instance, in L.A. Times v. Free Republic, the court found that the noncommercial use of LA Times content by the Free Republic Web site was not fair use, since it allowed the public to obtain material at no cost that they would otherwise pay for."

While the original is a different ordeal from the remake in many ways, it could be considered that the free remake is a superior rpoduct and more appealing to consumers over the paid official version. Given nitnendo loves to sell overpriced old releases on the virtual console, there is a ground for them for this shit.

It is still bullshit though.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Spooniest on August 11, 2016, 10:38:13 am
If people will keep cool about this, and not get their torches and pitchforks out, perhaps Nintendo will take some time, review the case and say "Hey, our WiiWare shop could use a new Metroid game"

Capcom done it with Street Fighter x Megaman.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MisterJones on August 11, 2016, 10:45:15 am
But we are already releasing a Metroid game! I dont get what our audience wants!

It is a general belief that Nintendo cares way more about the japanese market over the international one, with only looking at the international market if a brand is popular on both sides. And it seems Metroid isnt that popular over Japan.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Spooniest on August 11, 2016, 11:10:55 am
Popular thought would seem to state so, yes.

But there's always the chance that somebody will say, "why don't we try something different?" Human beings been known to do that sometimes, and whether corporations are people (they aren't) or not, they are in fact run by people, and sometimes those people do crazy things that become wildly successful.

The making of Chrono Trigger is a good example; Square and Enix don't seem to have wasted much time, they just called each other one day and said "what would happen if we got our teams together for a game making party?" The result was a huge freaking hit, and still inspiring people to this day. Hard to top Chrono Trigger. And it was just a whim, you know? They didn't sit down at marketing meetings and say "let's team up with a rival company and make a game." Marketing would have shot that stuff down.

Nintendo has options at this point, they could C&D development of the game itself, or they can own this fan game and make a lot of people happy instead of going around pew pewing everything their fans like with their NES Zapper guns.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Bahamut ZERO on August 11, 2016, 02:27:03 pm
Dammit, I knew I should've downloaded it before it was taken down. >:(

Fan can't help it if his remake was better than big N's last what, 2-4 Metroid games (including that Metroid/LEGO Bionicle buttbaby in the works?).

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: stuffgnome on August 11, 2016, 02:41:57 pm
Quote from: Bahamut ZERO
Dammit, I knew I should've downloaded it before it was taken down. >:(

You can still find it by searching for "AM2R_10.zip" in your search engine of choice.

For .zip:
CRC32: b53aa788
MD5: cc2244b28c3a8f21acf256413319b3d3
SHA-1: 26f11b2635f317b8b9a3571f54c20a7dc09245b4

For .exe (just because)
CRC32: 463c13ec
MD5: 504bb993ace33fb764ce158d0d22f106
SHA-1: 430465100d92b7b79498c8bec0bb94c0c41798b7
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MisterJones on August 11, 2016, 03:39:11 pm
Dammit, I knew I should've downloaded it before it was taken down. >:(

Fan can't help it if his remake was better than big N's last what, 2-4 Metroid games (including that Metroid/LEGO Bionicle buttbaby in the works?).

 :banghead:
imo it plays and feels better than zero mission but worse than super metroid.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Idkbutlike2 on August 11, 2016, 04:15:56 pm
The making of Chrono Trigger is a good example; Square and Enix don't seem to have wasted much time, they just called each other one day and said "what would happen if we got our teams together for a game making party?"
Weren't there 2 or 3 years of pre-production agreements before the development of the game started, though?
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Spooniest on August 11, 2016, 04:35:31 pm
Weren't there 2 or 3 years of pre-production agreements before the development of the game started, though?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrono_Trigger#Development (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrono_Trigger#Development)

Hey, this is really freaking interesting! Hm...

Seems it was first conceived in 1992 when Sakaguchi, Yuji Horii and Akira Toriyama were all on a bro trip studying computer graphics. :D
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Chronosplit on August 12, 2016, 01:50:17 pm
But we are already releasing a Metroid game! I dont get what our audience wants!

It is a general belief that Nintendo cares way more about the japanese market over the international one, with only looking at the international market if a brand is popular on both sides. And it seems Metroid isnt that popular over Japan.
Communication failure happens when you're such a big company, even when you're a smaller one than Nintendo.  You notice this in interviews every now and then.  For example, when talking about Pokemon Game Freak at least used to be habitual liars; in one not long before X/Y's unveiling of full 3D they said they wouldn't ever abandon the sprites.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MisterJones on August 12, 2016, 05:22:19 pm
im not sure what does that have to do with anything i siad. can you clarify?
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Seihen on August 12, 2016, 05:47:23 pm
Gotta love fans. If a company doesn't upgrade their graphics to 3d, fans complain that the company is old, outdated, and the games are unattractive. If they do upgrade to 3d, the fans call the company a liar. =D
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Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: FAST6191 on August 12, 2016, 07:19:59 pm
Gotta love fans. If a company doesn't upgrade their graphics to 3d, fans complain that the company is old, outdated, and the games are unattractive. If they do upgrade to 3d, the fans call the company a liar. =D

"I don't like change"

Wonder if it is the same foundation of logic as that which leads to the "flip flopping" thing some seem to dislike in politicos.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Chronosplit on August 12, 2016, 10:26:33 pm
im not sure what does that have to do with anything i siad. can you clarify?
The belief that certain big companies in Japan care more for their "home" fanbase than overseas is usually more like a general breakdown in communication.  They have people observing and it's evident in parts, but somehow or another the information doesn't make it's way to the higher-ups all the time.  Square-Enix is another example of this, maybe one that's even more evident depending on how you look at it.

A quote would be nice.
I only remember what I read by now, not specific enough to make up a quote.  It's kinda old-ish in Internet time but I'll try to track it down.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Spooniest on August 14, 2016, 01:54:22 am
http://am2r.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1557 (http://am2r.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1557)

Better than a boycott...

The idea here is to send a message to Nintendo. Buy a Metroid Game besides Federation Force in some way, shape or form that will show up on Nintendo's radar, on the day that Federation Force comes out. Preferably the EShop, you'd think, for the quickest delivery of the kind of message they want to send.

If Nintendo sees that people are upset enough about the perceived lack of attention the Metroid Series gets, it would be interesting to see the result. I don't recall if this is even a thing that has ever been tried before. What do you call a community activity like this?

The Great Metroid Flash Mob of 2016? :D
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: FAST6191 on August 14, 2016, 02:42:21 am
I tend to view most such activism type things as silly and ineffective, and in cases like this it just means profit for the company so they don't care. Granted there are no so many ways to show by not buying, and most of those are more retail focused (a company gets 2000 requests, and 2000 might be high as we are probably operating on FCC complaints logic where 1 complaint = 1000 comical fainting sessions at the rudeness of the thing being complained about, for a product they would theoretically stock across a few stores over a week/weekend -- wander up to the service desk with a barcode number or other identifying number and watch it get stocked in fairly short order).

Anyway
http://gizmodo.com/253131/format-war-soldiers-syncd-hd-dvd-purchase-by-fanboys-spike-amazon-rank-blu-rayers-set-to-retaliate

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8423340.stm (amusingly it turned out the contracts were both owned by the same company).

I recall some game ones in the past where "buy ? instead" happened but can't remember specifics. Never really seen a game related one I did not find silly though -- left4dead sequel too soon was wonderfully dissed by valve when they showed how many signed the petition but got it anyway, mass effect 3 never made sense to me...

Anyway one of Nintendo's main pillars of business seems to be "bring back something we have not seen in a while", 3ds kid icarus being a good example, and nostalgia mining being a greater superset of that. To that end I am sure they know they have fans of a given franchise.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: SCD on August 14, 2016, 10:31:25 am
The smart thing they should have done is team up with Doctor M64 and make a official release of his game for their eShop store for both the Wii U and 3DS, both of them would have made a lot of money and the fans would have been very happy instead of very angry right now.

Both trailer videos of Federation Force and Paper Mario: Color Splash are the most disliked videos on their official YouTube channel, that's a bad sign for them because that means they're starting to lose fans instead of gaining fans.

Thank god I downloaded it on day one.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Jorpho on August 14, 2016, 12:02:00 pm
So has the question been settled that this takedown truly and unambiguously originated with Nintendo and not from some overzealous legal team?

The smart thing they should have done is team up with Doctor M64 and make a official release of his game for their eShop store for both the Wii U and 3DS
Porting things like this is rarely trivial.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MisterJones on August 15, 2016, 05:11:52 pm
The belief that certain big companies in Japan care more for their "home" fanbase than overseas is usually more like a general breakdown in communication.  They have people observing and it's evident in parts, but somehow or another the information doesn't make it's way to the higher-ups all the time.  Square-Enix is another example of this, maybe one that's even more evident depending on how you look at it.
I only remember what I read by now, not specific enough to make up a quote.  It's kinda old-ish in Internet time but I'll try to track it down.
ah, got it. Yeah, that makes sense as well. I have been giving thought to this and I also believe there were some stakes in regards to Other M too
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: DarkSamus993 on August 18, 2016, 11:57:38 pm
I wonder how long it will be until someone continues the old tradition of hacking in Zero Suit Samus. I did a quick test just for fun using sprites from Metroid Zero Mission (it was actually quite easy to do):

(http://i.imgur.com/WhYOf5i.gif)
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Idkbutlike2 on August 19, 2016, 09:27:27 am
How are you gonna handle the morphball, though?
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: MathUser2929 on August 22, 2016, 04:18:37 pm
I heard that Nintendo don't have much of a presence in the country the Metroid 2 Remake developer lives in, so he's ignoring their DMCA takedown. He just released a update of his fangame too.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: w7n on August 22, 2016, 10:57:53 pm
I heard that Nintendo don't have much of a presence in the country the Metroid 2 Remake developer lives in, so he's ignoring their DMCA takedown. He just released a update of his fangame too.
Nintendo has little presence in my country either (in fact it'd even still be long before piracy gets penalised in practice), so :-)
Or I'd just say: I have the game, and a bunch of Chinese sites are still hosting them with no chance of even being taken down.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Reiska on August 23, 2016, 02:57:14 pm
I heard that Nintendo don't have much of a presence in the country the Metroid 2 Remake developer lives in, so he's ignoring their DMCA takedown. He just released a update of his fangame too.

A DMCA takedown is just a takedown anyway.  It's not a cease-and-desist order, which he hasn't received one of.  Until he does receive an actual cease-and-desist there's not really anything to stop him from reuploading.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: LoganN64 on August 24, 2016, 05:20:46 pm
i played about 2 hours worth, and WOW! amazing! kudos for showing Nintendo that there is interest in their IPs!
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Gamerhenky on September 02, 2016, 12:58:48 am
No further updates (https://twitter.com/AM2Rgame/status/771573559231557632)
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Jorpho on September 04, 2016, 01:28:13 am
1.1 was the last official version, right?
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: tvtoon on September 04, 2016, 01:27:37 pm
Yeah, the last one released, but you can finish the game with 1.0 just fine (bugs are random issues).
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: w7n on September 04, 2016, 10:44:10 pm
How much effort does it take to cut the game's ties with Metroid in legal aspects then?
Changing a few names is easy, while original graphics can easily be defined as the author's own works. And since ideas are not copyrightable, most if not all mechanics can be preserved. So it mostly comes down to the graphics of enemies and Samus and some other things. And if enemy graphics are original and don't clearly resemble original design, then they can be preserved too.
Anything I missed?

BTW if anyone wants to play a joke on this turn of events, he could draw an icon '2-10-1' (homophonic pun) on a sinking ship in a Metroid (or whatever) hack.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Idkbutlike2 on September 04, 2016, 11:05:52 pm
Honestly, if the dude wanted to make a Metroid-inspired indie game at this point, he'd probably start from scratch and create something new.
Title: Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
Post by: Kallisto on September 06, 2016, 08:53:28 am
Alright because I've been seeing this debate in another site, I think the point is that it is a passion project, and he never had intended to make his own original IP for money, some people are just not like that. The guy sought out to do what he wanted, and his dream was accomplished.

If he wanted to put his skills he learned to use for a original project then that is great.  I've just grown tired of the debate of it all.