Almost 250 comments, that´s a record. I appreciate each one of your suggestions, seems like the options listed in the poll pale in comparison to some of the later suggestions. One thing for sure: Second Mission is a terrible idea for a name, I added it just to see if anyone seemed to like it, and a couple of minutes later it was leading the poll. Second Mission wouldn´t fit because of A) The chronology and B) The project tries to be a little darker than Zero Mission, even if it defined the style of the gameplay it´s quite different right now.
There are submit button mashers everywhere I guess.
So, I thought about the name these days. Mostly what kind of words would the title screen have. Could I use "AM2R" and find some other meaning for the "A"?, Does it HAVE to include the word "Metroid" in the title?, If not, then the phrase "Return of Samus" should be somewhere, maybe?
The ammount of comments on the last post reminded me how popular the project is, and how people are familiar with "AM2R" already. So, using it for the name with a new acronym would work quite well, IMHO. Something like: "AM2R - The Return of Samus" ("Advanced Metroid 2 Remake" in small print below)
This would be a different approach, since there are a lot of fangames names with the "Metroid: [Something]" formula.
I think sharing my thoughts will help me find a proper name a lot more than a poll.
About the progress: I took a couple of days off, now I´m starting to work more on the game. If everything goes well, after I finish mixing a couple of big albums I´ll have studio time to dedicate to the soundtrack. In the meantime, I´m optimizing some of the bigger and slower rooms of the game to use fewer collision objects. That combined with some code cleanup I did last month resulted in a slight FPS boost in my test laptop. There´s still a lot of room for optimization.
Well, thanks for the constructive comments! I´ll be posting more regularly now. (And replying all the emails, please be patient if you wrote to me)
PS: Sean, if you´re reading this, please resend the email you sent me. I checked my inbox and I couldn´t find any emails with the names "Sean" or "MetroidGuardian". Mail me here: doctorm64[at]live.com