Another Metroid 2 Remake: Return of Samus

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Another Metroid 2 Remake: Return of Samus
Another Metroid 2 Remake: Return of Samus cover
Milton "DoctorM64" Guasti
Release dates
Windows August 6, 2016
macOS (OS X) 2016[citation needed]
Linux 2016[citation needed]
Monetization Freeware
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Metroidvania, Platform, Shooter
Art styles Pixel art
Themes Sci-fi
Series Metroid
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Key points

Another Metroid 2 Remake: Return of Samus is a free fan-made remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus for the Game Boy.
Features various control style options based on Metroid II: Return of Samus, Super Metroid, and Metroid: Zero Mission.
No longer available for download due to Nintendo's DMCA takedown, preventing any future updates, bugfixes, and other platform releases.[1] An unofficial patch, however, is available.
Both Mac OS X and Linux versions are unofficially released.

General information

Official forums
Wikitroid - A Wikia for the Metroid franchise.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website (unavailable)
macOS (OS X)
The soundtrack is available for free at higher quality than in-game here.

Essential improvements[edit]

AM2R Launcher[edit]

Requires a zipped archive of the official v1.1 of the game ( originally distributed by DoctorM64 prior to the DMCA takedown.
An unofficial front-end tool that can launch and update the game with the Unofficial AM2R Patch, which features the following improvements:
  • New game modes, extra unlockables, and some of the planned but canceled features.
  • Widescreen support, although the original aspect-ratio is still available.
  • Implements the remastered, high-quality soundtrack originally planned for a v1.2 update.
  • Option for PlayStation and Nintendo SNES/Switch controller prompts; only applies to XInput-based controllers.
  • Various bugfixes and tweaks.
  • Eases creation of an *.apk file to install the game onto supported Android devices.
How to use AM2R Launcher[2]
  1. Download the launcher here.
  2. Extract the contents of this zip file to its own folder somewhere it can be easily accessed on your computer.
  3. Copy your file to where you installed the AM2R Launcher.
  4. Run the launcher and allow it to download the necessary patch files, check Use high quality music when updating to install the remastered soundtrack with the patch, then click the Update button to install the latest patch. If the button displays Install 1.1 instead, then you will need to point the launcher to where your is located.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\AM2R\config.ini[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/AM2R/config.ini
modifiers.ini contains settings that alter gameplay and difficulty.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\AM2R\save#
macOS (OS X)
Save files from previous versions may not be compatible with the latest updates from AM2R Launcher.


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Upscales from 320x240 between 1x-4x or stretched to aspect-ratio in fullscreen using Nearest-neighbor scaling. Unofficial v1.5.2 patch from AM2R Launcher adds a Widescreen option that displays the game at a base resolution of 426x240.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
2D game.
Can be toggled with Alt+ Enter or from the Options menu under Display Options.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Advanced control settings.
Advanced control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not used at all.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput and DirectInput supported.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
For XInput controllers, movement is bound to both left analog stick and D-pad. For DirectInput controllers, movement can be assigned to either left analog stick or D-pad.
Controller sensitivity
Deadzone and analog movement option available.
Controller Y-axis inversion
2D game.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Numbered button prompts when using a DirectInput controller. For Nintendo button prompts, use AM2R Launcher, then go to Options → Display, then under Notifications set Controller Tips to Nintendo Pro or SNES Colored.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Only for XInput controllers.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Game switch dynamically switches between keyboard and controller prompts.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects
Surround sound
No speech outside of ending.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 90 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 90 MB
Other Following dependencies are required for Ubuntu/Debian distributions: libgcc1:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386 libopenal1:i386 libssl1.0.0:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxext6:i386 libxrandr2:i386 libxxf86vm1:i386 zlib1g:i386.


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).