In spite of Nintendo’s ill-informed insistence, the fan project AM2R was never a commercial product meant to be sold or profited from. It was created by a guy who has a passion for Metroid, a passion for game design, and the talent for building an entire freakin’ video game on his own.
Some would even say Nintendo took his idea of remaking Metroid II. But no matter how you look at it, Milton Guasti has triumphed in landing himself on a project perfectly suited to his design skills. The official AM2R Twitter page reports that Guasti recently landed a job at Moon Studios, where he now acts as a level designer for the upcoming sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
It's a special day for another reason. I'm now part of Moon Studios, I'll be working on level design for Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
— Project AM2R (@AM2Rgame) August 6, 2017
In the end, while there was no monetary benefit from Project AM2R, his persistence in developing the game ultimately benefitted his career.
In the meantime, you can check out Metroid: Samus Returns on Sept. 15. It looks like a decent Metroid II remake… just not as decent as Project AM2R.