Metroid Fan Remake Hit With DMCA Notice


The recently released Metroid fan remake has not entirely surprisingly been hit with a DMCA notice, enraging numerous fans online and immediately causing them to point out that hundreds of other (albeit less polished) Metroid fan games have been unfairly left untouched.

The fan project supposedly took an entire decade to reach its finished state, with such hard work being all for nothing it seems as Nintendo have mercilessly attempted to keep the game from seeing the light of day – though the fan game’s developer has mentioned that he has yet to actually receive a cease and desist.

Why Nintendo would bother to stop non-profit fan creations like this which only serve to further boost the notoriety of their franchise has naturally bewildered many, though the event itself is none too shocking considering the company has previously gone to great lengths to prevent people from unofficially “monetizing” their property.

The devoted developer has yet to give up on his project of course, as he has mentioned that he will continue to create bug fixes and updates, though it seems acquiring a “legal” means of distribution will be quite the challenge…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 11/08/2016 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Isn't it obvious? Nintendo is jealous of the remake team because a small group can make a better Metroid game than their shitty federation crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:23 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    old asshole men jerking off to a long sunken ship. fuck nintendo

    Comment by Anonymous

    lol you're a fucking idiot, the only thing these people did was rip assets from Zero Mission and it still looks dull as fuck, they couldn't make a Nintendo-quality game to save their life.

    The only reason Federation is crap is because of the concept, which happened because someone at Nintendo apparently wanted to do something "different" because they knew Nintendo would get shit on for "rehashing" if they dared to make another regular Prime or 2D Metroid sequel (and you know it too). It has nothing to do with actual game dev skill.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    And it still looks better than federation shit. Nintendo could also rip Zero Mission assets, give them some upgrades and make a decent 2d Metroid, but no, some idiot said: "hey let's make a hibi halo game and stick the Metroid name over it, what could go wrong?"

    And thinking federation is crap just for the concept? Well, clearly you're the fucking idiot here. It's not only the concept, the graphics look worse than Hunters, the art style is shit and to add salt on the wound, this is the 30th anniversary game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's being plain retarded. It looks like the same guy is arguing that the sprites are copy-pasted from existing Metroid games that don't actually have those sprites.

    You can tell he hasn't played Metroid, and hasn't even looked at the fan remake. Probably doesn't even know what Federation is, either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't tell if sarcastic or just plain retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You idiots wouldn't know art if it bit you in the face. Federation has professional production values. This fan shit is just shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:45 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is no need to be rude.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hi, Nintendo!

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's crap because it looks like crap. Not only because of the concept. Visually, it even looks awful for a 3DS game.

    And there's no way it's a Metroid game without Samus.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:13 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fuck Nintendo. This is how they celebrate Metroid's 30th Anniversary?

    Oh, right. And the release of the shitty game that is Federation Force.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, due to how copyright law works, Nintendo would have no choice in the matter. Blame bullshit laws, not Nintendo.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    11:42 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, if you do not defend your copyright at least in some form officially, you do have the chance to lose it. What should have been done was Nintendo backed this with support officially in a similar way to Square Enix TRIES to do with their community voting system. Not entirely hands on, but with support and helping with assets while even charging a for it a bit. There's nothing really stopping them from working in tandem. It would allow them to shut down projects they deem unworthy of the franchise and support ones that show promise and integrate fandom to a greater degree.

    The issue still remains legal implications, but Red vs Blue basically partnered just fine with Bungie, so it's not that hard a hurdle to overcome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:12 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    At this point, anyone who wants to become famous and work with a company on their IP, can just fucking take some of that IP without permission, and make a new game with it, and the company will have no choice but to hire that person or face the wrath of the internet for shutting down the project.

    Fuck that. It is immoral.

    Everyone attacking Nintendo over this is an ignorant selfish piece of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Morality is for the weak.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not like they give a flying fuck about the franchise anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Streisand Effect. Look it up, Nintendo.

    If I hadn't stumbled upon this project entirely by accident in a totally unrelated about a week ago, I'd now be madly searching for this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    People who do this stuff should just ignore such notices. Don't even reply to it just delete it and say you never got it. If by some chance you are using something that insists you send a receipt like Microsoft office before closing the email just curl alt delete it and force it closed. They can't do anything if you never got noticed.

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    07:50 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about Mother 4?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just play Undertale...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:20 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    should have stopped it earlier it's been known for years but at least he got to finish it and it's every where on the internet now

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    Comment by ceniza
    06:47 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    nintendo does in fact make IP more famous shutting down fan-made content, the developer of this remake is just a collateral Nintendo could not care less about, anyplace he uploads it, will have clicks and clicks are money, if not him, it will be mirrored to exhaustion and somebody will make a buck out of it. The more of a fight he puts, the bigger <metroid gets, the less chances he will come out a winner, and the more pumped up fans are for an official release. Now, is it fair, or morally adequate, etc, who knows. who cares at this point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dunno about that. I stopped buying Nintendo's shit over 10 years ago. Not because I hate them or anything, but because they stopped making shit that I want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude shut the fuck up - blogspot barely pays ad money and there's not enough interest to buy a big mac from what little there would be

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:20 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    "nintendo does in fact make IP more famous shutting down fan-made content"

    Actually, the word is "infamous".

    It sounds like you should work for Nintendo (or any other company that shuts down fan projects like these). You only see fan projects as a threat to the company's IP because you would 'lose' revenue, which is a fallacy (you aren't -losing- money, you just fucked up and aren't -making- any).

    Here's a thought: buy the damn fan group and sell it as an official property, everybody wins. If you simply shut them down, then all you do is make yourself look like the bad guy who hates the fans.

    Nintendo shut down Metroid because they want to re-release the original as-is for another 30 years.

    CBS wants to shut down a Star Trek fan film because they know their reboots are losing steam fast and want to milk them for as long as possible.

    EA shut down the Battlefront fan project because they made a shitty game and refuse to admit it.

    Konami shut down a Metal Gear project because they're pure evil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Other companies have been relatively okay with fan efforts.

    Capcom was keen with supporting Street Fighter x Megaman in a official capacity for the 25th anniversary of both Street Fighter AND Megaman.

    SEGA has a system in place on steam where as long as you've bought the base game there, you can download any mod that uses it straight from that site and implemented a system that incorporates it from the frontend.

    I'm sure methods existed for Nintendo to have permitted the project yet still have maintained the IP. It would've been a no-brainer to do so since it would've mitigated a lot of the negative fan-reaction towards the upcoming 3ds title. They could have even worked together to port it to the Wii U as an eshop title which could be cross-promoted with the 3ds title.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    It depends on the company. Some (ie. Konami) are huge fucking assholes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just call it Meteord and voila, Nintendo will leave you alone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks around......

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's less that they're doing this out of pointless cruelty to a forsaken community of gamers, but more that they are obligated to do so to prevent much more egregious cases that might happen in the future. Say, for instance, that Federation Force turns out to be wildly popular and monetarily successful (or better yet, they make an actually good Metroid game some years later). A few months later, a game comes out from some Taiwanese developer also called Federation Force. It's the same game, doesn't bother to change the color of the assets, just a general downscale in quality. It actually impacts the sales of the original game, enough that Nintendo feels that they need to crack down on it, and take them to court for damages. "But wait," the Taiwanese developer cries, "you left AM2R go untouched, why do you care now?" And it's true, they didn't defend the IP that time, and it weakens they're claim this time. They would still win, of course, but they'd waste time, hassle, and money doing so. A very loose hypothetical, but it's what goes through the legal department's mind when this happens. That they only sent a take down and not a C&D is telling, and waited over a day before doing anything says a little more. It was around long enough for pretty much all the die hard fans to get they're hands on it, and even a number of casuals. If anyone missed it, they probably know a friend who will send them a copy, to "keep circulating the tapes" as it were. As for the AM2R devs, that game is practically a resume all on it's own, so it's not like they're left high and dry.

    TL;DR It's their legal obligation to take it down.

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    Comment by Tetra

    Nintendo are firm believers of protect their IPs, because if they don't, there's a risk that they might "lose" it.
    I do think they go too far sometimes (all the time, like on youtube), but it's their stuff.

    To be honest, this is why you shouldn't make too much "noise" over "fan projects" like this. Keep it low until everything is done and then release it. Because once it's out there, a DMCA can do nothing, even if it does go "down" on the main website, many more will popup with mirrors of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, I realize that. But at the same time they clearly don't give a fuck about Metroid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:41 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    its unfortunately true, that they cannot selectively defend their against one group and not another. its all or nothing as far as court goes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't get why fan makers haven't learned the lessons of the Chrono Trigger remakes and sequels by now. I get you're proud of what you're doing and you want to hype it, but for god sake keep quiet about it until you're ready to release. If they C&D you before you can get it out, all you've done is waste your time.

    I don't have a whit of programming knowledge myself but if I was ever to do a fan remake or hack everyone involved with the project or having any knowledge of it would be sworn to secrecy precisely to prevent this sort of thing from happening.

    The hilarious thing is that when Japanese people do it the video game companies are just okay with doujinshi games, but when Westerners do it WE MUST PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS IP. Fucking hypocrites.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:26 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah and he deserved it. What the hell was he thinking? Just print out some existing models from someone else's game and sell them for money? What a fucking ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 12/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rather than hypocrisy, it may just be how copyright laws work in the US.

    I am unfamiliar with copyright laws in Japan, but it may not be as stringent as US copyright laws (in that if they choose not to defend once, they lose the ability to defend forever and ever).

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 11/08/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo and Square come down with that DMCA hammer.

    Remember this guy?!?

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