Nintendo Will Patch Your Broken The Other M Save… By Mail

Are you suffering from the “Sector 3 locked door” glitch in Metroid: The Other M? (Read Ron’s review) Good news! Nintendo has acknowledged the glitch and figured out what is causing it. See here:

There is a door in Sector 3 that cannot be unlocked and opened. It remains red and locked, making it impossible to advance in the game.

Location Of The Door:
The door that remains red and locked is located in the basement of the Desert Refinery in Sector 3. After defeating the crustacean boss enemies located on the top level of the Desert Refinery, an elevator appears that goes down to this area. The door can be found on the other side of the wall from the three Grapple Points.

The Cause Of This Problem And How To Avoid It:
This sequence of events will cause the door in Sector 3 to remain locked:

In the room after the large lava area in Sector 3, battle the Space Pirates to unlock the Ice Beam.
Proceed to the second room ahead.
Defeat the enemies with spiked, purple legs to unlock the door at the end of the room.
– To create the issue: Do not go through this door and instead backtrack to the room where the Ice Beam was obtained. Continuing to play from here creates the issue.
– To avoid the issue: Proceed through the door that was just unlocked at the end of the room before doing any backtracking to any previous rooms.

Wait, that doesn’t really help those who are stuck because o’ this, does it? Well, you could restart your game and not do that bad thing you did to curse your saved game, or you could do this:

If you are experiencing this issue, we are able to resolve it by fixing your save data. For instructions on how to set up a repair by sending us your save file on an SD card, or for other options, please call 1-800-255-3700. Representatives are available from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm (PST) seven days a week.

Since the Wii isn’t set up for automatic patches over the webz, there had to be some other awkward solution to this, and that’s it. I’m kinda weirded out by this, because wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper for everyone if you could just email them the save file? Thinking like that’s why I don’t have a job at Nintendo, I guess.

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