Nintendo Hopes to Have Metroid News to Share in the ‘Near Future’

by Clay Johnson - June 17, 2014, 7:02 pm PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: Kotaku

The company is having internal discussions about what to do with the series and wants to serve fans of both traditional and Prime styles of play.

Nintendo is talking about what to do next with the Metroid series and hopes to have news to share on that front soon, according to a Kotaku E3 interview with Nintendo Software Planning & Development head Shinya Takashi.

When asked about the current status of the series, Takashi said, “So it has been a while since we released the last one and we're having discussions internally about what we can do next.” He noted that they “have two different types of Metroid games,” with these being the “traditional style” and “the Prime style.”

“We feel that we do need to take care of both of these styles of play,” he said. “And the hope is that at some point in the near future we'll be able to share something about them.”

A bit later in the interview, Takashi and the also-present Shigeru Miyamoto were asked to choose which style of Metroid was their favorite. Takashi likes them both, but Miyamoto responded, “I have the New Super Mario Bros. series [for 2D], so I like Prime. I think there’s still a lot of new things that could be done with the Prime series.”

Talkback

the asylumJune 17, 2014

Hopefully this time they just focus on ONE style of play per game.

Also hopefully this time it isn't a brutally linear hand-holding experience.

Also hopefully this time it has Sakamoto nowhere near it.

Hopefully, they let Retro tackle metroid again. I love a lot of the new 2-D platformers, but Nintendo is in danger becoming a one-trick pony. It seems like a waste to have had Retro on Tropical Freeze (I'm not saying it's a bad game, just that other second-party developers could have done just as well), when they could be doing more innovative work like Prime.

TurdFurgyJune 18, 2014

I really don't want Retro tied down to Prime. I REALLY want them to make their own game because I believe that they can do it.

Triforce HermitJune 18, 2014

2D if it is a 3DS game (treat it like A Link Between Worlds). 3D if it is a Wii U.

And I wish everyone would stop harping on Sakamoto. It is getting old and I'm sure he understands that what he did was a colossal failure. Stop beating a dead horse.

If they do make a Metroid game anytime soon I will be very surprised if it's not on Wii U, regardless of what direction they go with it. The series has never done especially well in Japan, and the west is a lot more console-focused. And Metroid may be niche, but it's got enough of a reputation among gamers that it would sell some people Wii Us, at least as part of the reasoning.

BlackNMild2k1June 18, 2014

*takes out crystal ball*
Metroid will be a top down 2D game with 360o aiming. It will be developed by a small but known 3rd party developer that has close ties with Nintendo.

There will also be a 3D game. It will be developed by Retro. It will switch from FPS to TPS and be in large beautiful lush environments.

Sakamoto will have input and influence on the 2D version. Miyamoto will oversee the 3D version.
This is not the only game Retro is deeply involved in.

*puts crystal ball away*

We have new Metroid news to bring directly... to you.

Metroid is now Devil World.

SundoulosJune 18, 2014

That's encouraging.  I was suckered in by Reggie's statements about wearing his Metroid Pin. 

Whatever they do, I'd like them to propel the character and the series forward for a change.  I don't want them to keep looking backwards and inserting new games that took place before Super Metroid.  I don't even mind them giving Samus more personality like they tried to do in Other M; it was just that the execution behind that game that was flawed.

I also wouldn't mind Nintendo either doing a 2D Zero-style remake of Metroid 2: Return of Samus or even farming out a that out to a studio like Wayforward.

nickmitchJune 18, 2014

Yeah, I'm also ready for them to move the plot forward from Fusion.  I just gotta know what happens next!

Ian SaneJune 18, 2014

Quote from: Sundoulos

Whatever they do, I'd like them to propel the character and the series forward for a change.  I don't want them to keep looking backwards and inserting new games that took place before Super Metroid.

They do the same thing with Zelda.  The most recent Zelda game in the timeline is Zelda II.  What is Nintendo's bizarre infactuation with prequels?

the asylumJune 18, 2014

Actually the most recent Zelda title is 4SA and Spirit Tracks (along with Zelda 2)

split timelines yo

I want Samus and Boba Fett to get married and have bounty hunter babies!! Every time he comes home she goes, a little short for a storm trooper? And then they both laugh and kiss each other hello omg it would be soo adorable

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