Depending on which message board or review you read, Nintendo and Team Ninja's Metroid: Other M is either the worst or the best game ever made. And while we could quarrel over its quality until the end of time, there's at least one thing about Other M that cannot be called into dispute: the presence of its game-breaking bug. Once you grab the Ice Beam, do not go backwards and kill the spiked enemy rather than proceeding forward through the nearest door. If you do, your save will be broken and you'll be unable to keep going in the story.
Nintendo has acknowledged this bug and is now offering a fix, according to MTV. Just don't expect that fix to be convenient.
== TEASER ==For the price of free, Nintendo is offering to fix all glitched save game files in the most ridiculous way possible: by asking you to send your SD card to Japan. Yeah, that Japan, and specifically this address:
Nintendo Service Center "Metroid Other M" Dept
56 Kaguraden Ogura-cho
Uji, Kyoto 611-0042
Now, I know what you're thinking. "They can't be serious," you say. Trust me, I thought this was an April Fools joke at first, but then I looked at my calendar and realized that it's nearly October. (I also need to take my cat to the vet at 4pm.) This, unfortunately, is an actual solution for a bug on a console that does not support traditional means of fixes via fancy things like "patches" and "title updates."
It goes almost without saying, but if you're stuck with a borked save, think real long and hard about how much that lost time means to you, because, and I'm guessing here, you're not going to see that SD card for a while. I suppose, though, that you could pass that extra time writing angry messages about Other M on the Internet. I heard that's all the rage these days.
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