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Miyamoto: Retro Studios is High on The List of Candidates For A New Metroid Game

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Discusses Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and the future of Samus

The UK Official Nintendo Magazine published its 100th issue this month, which is a pretty impressive milestone, and to celebrate it sat down with Shigeru Miyamoto and spoke about several things, including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Metroid.

During the interview, Miyamoto revealed he is a great admirer of the work of Retro Studios, the developer behind the Metroid Prime series and Donkey Kong Country Returns, and said it would be high on the list of potential candidates to pick up the Metroid franchise once again.

Nintendo unveiled Retro Studios' latest project, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, during this year's special E3 Nintendo Direct broadcast after much anticipation. According to Retro Studios president and CEO Michael Kelbaugh, the developer had the chance to work on Metroid or Donkey Kong Country and opted for the latter because it had unfinished business with the series.

Miyamoto revealed the studio had a lot of fun making Donkey Kong Country Returns and had built up plenty of experience implementing that style of gameplay. The developer felt it had a lot of gas left in the tank and could do more, especially on Wii U, and as a result Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has plenty of new additions, such as another playable character in Dixie Kong, the new 3D camera and the return of underwater segments.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was the last time Retro Studios created a game for Samus and the franchise hasn't been seen since Metroid: Other M on Wii, which was developed by Team Ninja. However, Nintendo still sees it as an important IP, and proved that by including the series in Nintendo Land.

I definitely think it’s a franchise that we value and we certainly want to see what we can do with it in the future. And, obviously, Retro is a very high priority in terms of the potential team that would be considered for working on a Metroid game.

He also said Retro Studios is more than capable of having different projects in development at the same time and there are possibilities we'll see different games from it in the future.

The full interview can be found in issue 100 of the Official Nintendo Magazine.

What are your thoughts on the Metroid franchise? Would you like to see Retro Studios take the reins once more? Let us know in the comment section below.


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aaronsullivan said:

That really, really sounds like someone isn't currently in the middle of a Metroid project right now which makes me sad.

Maybe there is room for a 2D-gameplay Metroid before the next giant Metroid title?



PioneerCinema said:

I would say this translates to... "We are working on a Retro produced Metroid game, but can't reveal anything substantial at this time"

Release date estimation: December 2015



Turbo857 said:

Next Metroid just needs to have a third person perspective. I don't care if they go the gamplay route of the Prime series or Other M just as long as I can see Samus in action.



cmk8 said:

Always the way: someone talks about a game and some interpret it as there's a new game on the way and others interpret as the opposite!



cbkummer said:

I'm just glad that this indicates that Metroid isn't dead, as I have long feared.



ricklongo said:

Can we get a confirmation of more animal buddies on DKC:TF already? It's my most anticipated game of the year, and the lack of new info is disheartening.



Shiryu said:

Hopefully Nintendo keeps Retro and it's inside talent well within arm's reach, I would certainly not want Retro to become the next RARE.



aaronsullivan said:

@ricklongo Have you given the Metroid Prime games a try though? They aren't standard 3D shooters at all. They are almost universally praised for a reason. Of course you may already know all this, but I'd hate for you to miss out.

@DarkAngel_17 That's what this feels like. What's so odd is that Miyamoto has previously hinted to look at Metroid Blast to see the direction of the game play for the next Metroid. So something is not adding up here.

Here's his translated quote: "You know, the kind of ideas I have on Metroid are already reflected in the mini-game that is devoted to the series in Nintendo Land, Metroid Blast."

Of course, that's just his ideas, but this was back before the Wii U launch, so I thought somebody's working on it, right? Maybe not.



VoiceOfReason said:

they should make it 3rd person. Trying to replicate Metroid Prime series isn't going to do much. Make something like Other M but with a different story and better camera angles. The fighting in other M was cool and intense, but too easy. And the times in other M where you were supposed to aim at the screen with the wii remote (shudder) would be MUCH smoother using the gamepad. The 3DS Metroid I'd be okay with if it was in first person and you aimed with the 3DS but think of how cool it would be as a third person Metroid prime hunters style multiplayer (even better though, with voice chat) AND without sacrificing the story mode. That's what I want.



mastermp2 said:

"However, Nintendo still sees it as an important IP, and proved that by including the series in Nintendo Land."

Metroid IS one of Nintendo MOST important franchises (case and point: Internet reaction after the Nintendo direct revealing that Retro was working on Donkey Kong instead of Metroid. Also was the 3rd franchise in the Smash trailer)

Actually I think that Metroid is pretty much Number 3 right now (First one being Mario and second Zelda)

Nintendo's triforce is as follow:

Mario= Wisdom= Miyamoto's wisdom in awesome level design and game mechanics

Zelda/Link= Courage= Great story telling that makes you feel like a brave hero in an adventure. Excellent world and quests along with great art and music

Samus= Power= Power to prove that Nintendo can appeal to hardcore audiences with powerful HD graphics and hardcore gameplay and intense action.

Star Fox and Donkey Kong used to be extremely popular back then but recently they have lag behind. Don't get me wrong the Star Fox's GCN games were good and all, but they got mixed reception. On the other hand Donkey Kong only has a few Barrel and Konga games on GCN.

While Pokemon is also a big deal, I think that it's WOW factor has slowed down recently. F-zero is sort abandoned too, and Kirby has a game almost at the end of Wii



aaronsullivan said:

The game play in Other M was fun and enabled some abilities that were lost in the awesome Metroid Prime games like shinesparking and it does a good job of subtly moving between 2D and 3D game play (not talking about missiles but just running around). Another step in that direction with the more powerful machine and GamePad and avoiding story and character missteps (and being very careful with that dodge mechanic) and you'd have something truly special.

Other M almost pulled it off. It gets way less credit than it should due to the controversy.



unrandomsam said:

2D Mario / Wii Sports / Zelda are Nintendo's biggest. (Regardless of how good or bad they are they will sell loads).

I like Sin & Punishment / Warioware / Warioland / 2D Mario / Donkey Kong Country / Kirby.

I think 3D should have been totally new franchises from the start.



HawkeyeWii said:

A new side scrolling Metroid would be nice.... but in all seriousness I want Metroid Prime 4!!



Gen0neD said:

High on the list? They should be the only ones on the list. They took a chance with Team Ninja and they eeked out a barely passable Metroid experience. Give it back to the pros.



unrandomsam said:

I prefer Nights into Dreams to any 3d Mario. I liked Mario 64 but once was enough for me never had any desire to play it again after getting the 120 stars on the n64 version. Kind of like Mario Galaxy as it had some effort put in but I think Rodea the Sky Soldier would be more my thing.



unrandomsam said:

The gunman clive guy could probably do a good Metroid with the right other people - Bionic Commando Rearmed is exactly the type of thing I would want from Metroid.



VoiceOfReason said:

@ aaronsullivan
Exactly! This is what I try to tell people. Metroid Other M wasn't a failure. It was just the first step in the right direction. It had problems, but I think it was needed to test some things, and now in the next game it will be perfected and BAM! New awesome Metroid game.



Gate_Shikimuri said:

Personally, I actually LIKED the first-person Metroid Prime games. To me and a few others, Metroid Prime was a step in the right direction. Then again, it's all subjective.



cookiex said:

I would've been let down regardless if Retro's first WiiU project was Metroid or Donkey Kong even though I love both series, because I foolishly bought into the rumours that they were rebooting StarTropics. -_-



plunkettmonster said:

Can't wait to see this turn into a reality. if they haven't started development of this game they need to put a rush on it. i want to see a metroid game on the wii U before next Christmas.



NintyMan said:

Retro Studios is going to be the obvious team for a return to Metroid. Nintendo has a great amount of respect and trust for the studios. But it doesn't seem like they are working on two games right now, so they would have to get to work on Metroid Prime 4 immediately after Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.



aaronsullivan said:

I keep reading about people that worked on Metroid Prime leaving Retro and working other places - a Kickstarter or off doing design of the look for Halo 4. Are the right people left in Retro to pull off a new Metroid? Hopefully. Maybe after DKC they'll be perfect for the 2D gameplay Metroid.

My real dream is to see what internal Nintendo studios would do with a new Metroid. As unlikely as that is I'd be very curious.



MitchVogel said:

Well at least it's on their minds. After Other M's flop, I feared that the series was done...



Pachterkid said:

Make it happen, then. And make a new F-Zero and Star Fox while you're at it as well. Again I say, Nintendo has all of these great IPs that they're just sitting on.



ungibbed said:

A return to Metroid would be awesome on the Wii U hardware and curious how the Game Pad would be used. Or for the action, how it would hold up with just the Pro Controller.

I say this as the Pro Controller is one of the most comfortable controllers I've used in ages compared with the PS3 and 360. Or the ability to use the Wii Motion Plus Wiimote and Nunchuck. Just the thought of play options and the graphic abilities of the Wii U have me excited.




Doma said:

3 games was enough from Retro imo. They should've been put to work on a new smash hit IP (similarly catering to the teen/adult demographic) as their first WiiU game. Doing so might have generated some actual interest in Nintendo's brand new console, unlike the slew of samey looking sequels to Wii games planned currently.

Give Metroid to Platinum, and make it a 3ds game. Screw the WiiU.



the_beaver said:

I hope they will make a Metroid (an impressive one), a F-Zero and a Stafox eventually for WiiU. I seriously hope, would be nonsense not to do it.
And concerning the next Metroid, I'd like it to follow the Other M style, but fixing some camera angles, giving it more depth, making it longer, and adding some stuff from the Prime series (like the scanner, I totally missed it!). I don't mind if it's Retro or another one, but just make it happen Nintendo! As soon as possible.



IxnayontheCK said:

Whatever it is, please no more freaking side scrollers! I love them but give us something else as well. An HDmetroid would be glorious!



Giygas_95 said:

I hope Retro makes another Metroid at some point.
And Prime 1 was the best of the Prime trilogy, period. As good as Prime 2 and 3 are, they just don't capture that Metroid essence like the first one did. Just saying!



TruenoGT said:

Yeah, I loved Other M AND the Prime series... I agree with others that Other M's story gripes unfairly overshadow it's gameplay innovations. There's room to grow in all three of Metroid's play styles (classic, other M and Prime), though I'd say least on the classic 2D side. There's been too many games lately that have aped that genre, and Nintendo has relied too much on 2D as of late in general (Mario, Kirby, DK, etc). I know it's cheaper to go 2D, but I'd love to see Nintendo make a move as new and bold as the original Prime was. I was absolutely shocked first playing it at a "Nintendo Club" event before it was released, it was ahead of it's time in so many ways.



Zach777 said:

Other M wasn't that bad quit whining. Ducks behind a rock to avoid the onslaught of angry fans who think otherwise



piperrobbie said:

It would be awesome if Nintendo continued the Metroid series sooner than later, however with that said as someone who never got a chance to play the prime series I would love an HD Remaster of the whole trilogy.

I know Nintendo is under fire from some fans for making HD Remakes of some games but I think it would be awesome if at least once each year they take the initiative to make an HD Remake of one of their best games this year it was Wind Waker and hopefully next year would be the whole Prime Trilogy in beautiful HD.

Anyways back to my point brand new Metroid games would be a welcomed addition to the Wii U library of games.



Diz93 said:

I loved Other M, more so than the Prime series, but the Wii U needs another Metroid by Retro, badly. It was much more "American" I guess you would say, and that will help convince players to buy a Wii U. And although I loved the art style of Other M, I really want to see a dark and beautiful planet in full HD, preferably in first person. I just hope they find a way to speed up the gameplay. I know prime 3 was pretty fast, but its nothing compared to the speedy powerhouse that is Samus.



hcfwesker said:

As I have stressed over and over, Metroid is my favorite franchise of all time, it is in fact my favorite thing in pop-culture (games, movies, music, etc). I say about Other M the same thing I say about Resident Evil 4 to that series ... Other M was a good game, but it was a terrible Metroid game. No sense of exploration or feeling of accomplishment when you obtained upgrades.

This news excites me, because at least we're not stuck with "we have no plans for Metroid at this time ....". right now I would be happy with a Prime 1,2,3 or Trilogy HD WiiU release to hold over til the next game.



triforcepower73 said:

@Fast_45er Actually I liked the 3rd prime a LOT more. It retained the isolated atmosphere that the series is famous for and threw in some people so you wouldn't feel lonely all the time. I guess that's why a lot of people still like the 1st one the most, maybe because they feel adding other people threw off the isolation feel. But I think it just added more depth and made it feel more like a real universe.

I've said this before: when they do make the next Metroid game, I hope they build upon Corruption by adding bounty quests(side quests). Take a hint from Mass Effect and make it where you can fly to the Galactic Federation and accept different missions, and then fly to the planet where the mission takes you. And to top it all off, make the planets open world. So pretty much just do your thing, Retro, and take a few tips from the Mass Effect franchise. Then we can feel like a real bounty hunter.



Senate_Guard said:

That will be the greatest gaming news I'll of heard in a long time if Retro returns to Metroid! I'll have the biggest fanboy episode...

They're such talented artists and designers; they breathed new life into the series, and arguably made Metroid better than any of the previous games had done.

Without the Prime games, I don't think Metroid would be as relevant as it is today.



UgliestSoup said:

I wouldn't count on a Metroid game in this generation. But we will get more Mario games up the the butt. Thanks Nintendo for putting your priorities straight.



CaviarMeths said:

I'll agree with others that said that they want to see Nintendo give Prime a rest and instead focus on how to polish up what was started in Other M. Other M had some great ideas as far as gameplay goes. The transition from 2D to 3D is great. It wasn't perfect, but it was a step in the right direction. Shame it was brought down by a very poor characterization for Samus.

But looking at Tropical Freeze, it's quite clear that Retro knows how to make a 2D/3D platformer, make it gorgeous, and make it HD. If they can apply that experience to their work on Prime, I think a Wii U Metroid game could be something great.



tsm7 said:

This makes it seem like work hasn't started on a Metroid title yet which I find disappointing. However, this is Nintendo.



Boxmonkey said:

I don't mean to be down beat, but if metroid has not been started yet then by the time it's released the wii u will be long dead!

Nintendo need to get a grip and start to release the games that the core fans want, Zelda 2015 & metroid 2015-2016 is not good enough. What happened to the wii u was going to be the system for core fans. What a joke!

I will never buy nintendo on launch day again! I'll just wait until they actually release something or get third party support (never).



Clayfrd said:

Hate to be the guy saying "Oh yeah, well where's the game I want?" but...

"Samus has not had her own game since 2010"

How about "Captain Falcon has not had his own game since 2004."

I'm ready for a new F-Zero, and I think Retro could really do something with it. Even still, give it back to Sega for all I care. I thought GX was great.

Pikmin's last entry was also in 2004, and we finally got the wonderful Pikmin 3. I think it's time for Captain Falcon to step back in the driver's seat.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@mastermp2 Not really. To give you an idea of how popular Donkey Kong is, none of the 3D Metroid games has outsold Donkey Kong Country Returns (the original) or come remotely close to it. Not going to bother with 3DS version since it's a port.

The closest Metroid game is Metroid Prime (a little over 2.8 million) and that's about half of the sales Donkey Kong Country Returns had (a little over 6 million).

Metroids (the 3d ones) are most popular in NA followed by Europe (which lags behind quite a bit) and isn't remotely popular in Japan. Donkey Kong on the other hand has worldwide appeal and extreme popularity in North America, so much so that Returns sold more alone in NA than the combined sales of Metroid Prime.

BUT and this is a very notable point, Metroid Prime sold for about 12% of the Gamecube fanbase and Donkey Kong Country Returns sold for 6% of the Wii fanbase. IN THEORY, a new Metroid game (that didn't have extreme criticism) could have outsold DKCR though we don't know how the casual market would have reacted either. The data is heavily distorted by a number of different factors which makes it difficult to compare the two.

I'll agree that it (Metroid) is useful for demonstrating the power of Nintendo's consoles.



Clayfrd said:

@ShadowFox254 I like the soundtrack to GX, but honestly, I think the SNES original has the best tunes. Really good arrangements of those, plus more that sound like them would be great. X had a pretty solid soundtrack too, though.



NintyMan said:

@DimetriWarrior: Actually, we're more likely to see a sequel to Metroid Prime Hunters. The DKC:TF producer, Tanabe, has thought about ideas about how to expand the ideas in that game further.

"Basically I’m thinking of, not just Samus, but how we can expand the whole Samus universe. You remember Metroid Prime Hunters. I’m thinking about things like how we could make that go out further, with all these different bounty hunters as well."

He said that around the time of E3.



gamelall said:

This makes me very happy and very furious at the same time. I absolutely love Nintendo and their games. I'm very happy that when the next Metroid game is developed, RETRO will be the ones doing it. What makes me very furious is that this game was not in production early enough to be a launch-window game. Nintendo has some of the world's most powerful franchises and for them to know years in advance that they have a new console in the works and not make games like Zelda, Metroid, Mario Galaxy, Star Fox, Smash Bros and Mario Kart among other, in development early enough for them to be launch-window games makes me angry. If these games were available on the WiiU within the first 6 months, the state of the console would have been so different right now. I'm gonna ride out this console generation with the WiiU and the upcoming PS4, but i must say the I will not be able to forgive Nintendo for entering another console generation in this manner after seeing what happened with the 3DS and WiiU and not placing priority on the games their fans want the most. Wario Ware and Nintendo Land (even though they are good games) are not the games that fans are clamoring for. Can you imagine how well the WiiU would have done if it came out the a new Zelda game like the Wii did? Please Nintendo, pull yourself together.



Darel18 said:

Is it too much to ask for a Metroid: Fussion sequel? I want that suit again!!



GraveLordXD said:

Hmmm good news but I guess we won't be seeing this for a long time
I wouldn't mind seeing a side scrolling metroid on 3ds or eshop until then I need a new metroid game asap



Buduski said:

Please bring back the prime series or have the next metroid done in that fashion with obvious new features, Nintendos own Heavy Story Driven FPS with online multiplayer running at 60fps... (Sigh) a guy can dream right?



triforcepower73 said:

What does everyone hate about Other M and Team Ninja?
@gamelall How in the world would they have made a new Zelda game in time for the Wii U's launch, just one year after SS came out? Sure it takes a year to make a decent Mario title, but this is Zelda and unless you wanted a rushed, mediocre game that would've ruined the franchise's reputation, then you should learn to wait.



Megajack said:

Well, If it is by Retro, it will be a Metroid Prime, which I'm not too fond of. I will most likely end up getting it anyway though. I just want a 2D side scroll-er Metroid game... :'/



gamelall said:

@triforcepower73 what are you saying? they could have definitely gotten 2 Zelda games out. They were recently working on 3 Zelda games at the same time. Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds and the Zelda game currently in production for the WiiU. Zelda: Wind Waker HD is being released now, Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds is being released in like 3 months and i'm pretty sure we'll be getting the WiiU Zelda at the end of 2014 or early 2015. So now tell me why couldn't Nintendo handle Skyword Sword which was released in 2011 and the WiiU Zelda which could have been released for 2013. And don't mention the 3DS remake of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, that was handled by a different developer. Nintendo really needs to start listening to it's fans and put priority on the games they want. Nintendo needs to put most of it's development power behind those games and use the rest of it's deveopment team for games games like Wario Ware and producing new IPs.



KnightRider666 said:

I'd love to see a completely revamped 2.5D version of Metroid 2 on the 3DS, or a completely new title in 2.5D. Just make it in the classic Super Metroid style, not the Prime first person style please.



Bryon15 said:

Yes please. Retro studios is awesome. I'd love for them to do the next metroid. But what about star fox? Fox McCloud hasn't been seen since 2005. Here's what nintendo should do. Buy platinum games, have them get started on new star fox.



JaxonH said:

I know right? All I hear is "oh that sucks Retro made DKC". I'm thinking, "seriously?" This is BY FAR my most anticipated game of the year! This game will be epic. It will be legend. This game will once and for all strip Donkey Kong Country from a bygone era cement it in the present for a new generation. DKC Returns was one of the best games on the Wii, but this, THIS will be the masterpiece. And I hope it has more than just Rambi in it this time around- I think it will though, considering the addition of Dixie, Kiddie (unconfirmed), and underwater levels.

I love Metroid, but I can tell you this: I can't imagine owning my Wii U without this game on it. Metroid can come whenever it comes, and when it does it will be amazing. But no rush.



JaxonH said:

It's easy for everyone to sit in the backseat and say "Nintendo needs to do this" or "Nintendo needs to do that", but the truth of the matter is, none of us work in the gaming industry, and none of us know what it takes to get games out the door that will sell millions of copies and keep a company afloat. There are factors at play here that you and I know nothing of, and probably never will. And listening to fans can ruin a game, mind you. Because the fans speaking out are usually an extremely vocal minority, and satisfying their desires often alienates the silent majority of consumers that account for the vast majority of sales.

And new IPs? Um, no. New IPs don't sell. Wonderful 101 is your new IP. If you didn't buy it, you have no right to keep demanding new IPs. Wonderful 101 is one of the finest games on the Wii U, yet, it tanked saleswise. So Nintendo would just be flushing their dollars down the toilet with new IPs, that much has been proven. People keep saying "make new IPs", then don't buy them when they make them, even though they're really amazing games.

Keep these things in mind before presuming you know how to run a company better than those who actually do it, and have been doing it for decades.



Wolf_Link said:

i dont want to open the kind of tired debate abour other m. i just want to say that its an awesome action game that portraits the feelings of what it seems to be a very cold person, and that i loved the direction they took, regardless of the game´s flaws. Team Ninja delivered a great metroid game, because of the atmosphere, music (dat music!), story and gameplay. i have played the game many times and i think that i will give it another: run tomorrow. the prime trilogy is so excellent but Other:M is also great. and to whoever says that samus is a cold person.... they cant be fans, ´cause they surelly didnt played one of the greatest metroid games of all time, Metroid Fusion. i hope Team Ninja makes Other: M 2, i know they could do an even greater game.



gamelall said:

First off, I bought Wonderful 101 and yes it is a really good game that Nintendo fans and gamers need to support. Secondly, that is why i said that Nintendo should allocate most of it's development team to the big games that fans want and will buy and small portion of the team to it's more casual games like Wario Ware and Mario Party and Wii Fit U and all that ho-hom that still sells.The rest of the development team (a small part) should be towards new IPs. When it comes to new IPs, don't tell me that they shouldn't invest in this. New IPs are what pushes the industry forward. I'm sure you don't want to spend the rest of your life playing the same franchises and never experiencing something new. Developers need to take risks. Sometimes they'll miss the mark and sometimes they will hit it dead on. Look at the Pikmin series, that has become a success for Nintendo. If tey didn't take that risk we wouldn't have Pikmin today. A good example of a developer/publisher that used it's development team very well id UBISOFT. They have have great franchises that sell very well but they're alwasy pushing new IPs. Just recently they announced a bunch of new IPs that will be developed using the UbiArt framework (the same engine that was used for the hugely successful Raymond reboot) and the all look like very unique games. Also i know that we as games on the outside don't know of a lot of the things that are going on on the inside of industry and Nintendo and they have share-holders to please but i think it's pretty clear that Nintendo has been making a lot of bad decisions lately. Don't get me wrong, i love Nintendo and will always support them but they really need to start taking the changes and advancement of the gaming industry seriously. I'm not saying that they should become like Sony and Microsoft and start pumping out FPS like there is no tomorrow. Nintendo can retain it's unique identity and still a advance with the rest of the industry. It kills me that in 2013 Nintendo still doesn't have and online network that can match or come close to what Sony and Microsoft had over 7 years ago.



ChessboardMan said:

Huh? That's weird, the other week I was just writing up a dream idea for a new Retro Studios made Metroid title. Oh Miyamoto, you cad, have you been probing into my brain/Google Drive account again? Oh you!
Personally I'd like to see a Metroid title that focuses more on a fearful atmosphere/a sense of aloneness… I want to feel alone with no backup, and actually feel a little concerned about it.



ChessboardMan said:

@DestinyMan what? My idea would also be expanding on the universe! First Miyamoto, now this guy too? GET OUT OF MY HEAD CHARLES!!!
Well maybe not so much. Basically, I kinda want to take a step away from Samus, view her legend from the outside, and give a new legend its beginnings…
Kinda like Metal Gear Solid 2… wait, what?



MathRaph said:

I would really like to see platinum take on a great Wii U metroid game. I love what they did with metal gear this year: classy, over the top, great yet accessible and fun gameplay. It could potentially be was Other M tried to be. And on top of that they've shown multiple times that they can work pretty fast, so it wouldn't be too far off.

And beside that, a 2d one made in-house on 3DS would be amazing.



triforcepower73 said:

@gamelall 1. What JaxonH said. 2. Zelda isn't a "release every year or 2" series. 3. They probably had a small fraction of their Zelda development team working on WWHD since it is just a remastering. 4. Handheld Zeldas take way less time than console ones. 5. ALBW is using almost the same overworld as ALTTP. So now tell my why can't you leave ice out in warm weather and expect it to stay frozen? Because that's not how ice works! And expecting them to release SS in 2011 and be able to come out with another one in two years... That's not how game development works! Or at least not Zelda development.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

@bezerker99 Team Ninja didn't have much control over the project. They only worked on the combat mechanics while Nintendo did almost everything else, including gameplay planning, scripting, plot and cutscenes. So Team Ninja can hardly be blamed for it.



Dogpigfish said:

Other M wasn't bad, but wasn't good. In fact, more of the first Metroid prime would be good. The later two became much more linear, not sure why. I think it should go to a new developer that has a lot to prove, with a passion. Retro should focus on other ip's; I think it was a good move for them. Give them Icarus or Pilot Wings that they can improve like they did with dk and samus.



drumsandperc92 said:

didnt like Other M.
DKCR was great fun so i'm happy their making a sequel, but the Wii U is just so RIPE for a great Metroid Prime game!
BTW, Prime was my first metroid experience. Subsequently i've gone back and played classic Metroid games. The NES/SNES/GBA etc.
But the Prime series was and always will be for me the penultimate metroid experience.
It was the perfect way to do Metroid for the modern era.
I was very disappointed in hearing that Prime was a trilogy, and Retro wasn't going to do another after 3.
I can only hope and keep my fingers crossed that Retro gives us a new Metroid Prime for the Wii U. Idc if they call it prime 4 or something entirely new. A spiritual successor would be fine. But Retro needs to go back and do that style of gameplay again. I'm really not interested in a full Metroid game the way the mini game was in NintendoLand.
Metroid Prime 1 was the best though, wide open to explore, good story, wonderful atmospheres, just exciting stuff!
I'd love a similar game for Wii U.



Saleemra said:

@ricklongo I think that would be awesome
Shadow complex on the 360 was pretty awesome and very super metroid-ish. I would love to play a new metroid with updated graphics and physics, just wouldnt want it to me a remake though.

@VoiceOfReason TPS metroid would be awesome but why they couldnt make it a camera option and allow for both fps and tps viewpoints. Halo4 did something like this when you picked up turrets and IMHO was probably the best technical aspect of the game (one that was sadly underused) - I too love to see my protagonist in action.

While I'm happy to hear that Retro is still in the running, didnt most of the guys who worked on the trilofy get poached by 343i and bungie?



raith said:

What Nintendo needs to do is expand Retro Studios even further. They already moved them into a larger office space which is a good start. Giving them resources to hire more people would help Nintendo tremendously. One team could work on an established franchise (Metroid, Starfox), while another team works on a new IP. With enough support, Retro has the potential to become this generation's Rare. Hell, Retro, already employees some former Rare staff as it is.



Zael said:

I like retro studios, simply I'd like to see a metroid in 3rd person like other m, if retro studio can do this then it is a great thing. I like also the prime style but if we think about it we have to remember that metroid is born as a third person 2d side scrolling, so other m is much more similar in terms of gameplay. And that super metroid remains probably the best metroid ever.
With prime 3 I think retros studios has closed the fps trilogy, I think they should return to an other m style or a mixed style of other m and prime (3d person for platforming and first person as an option when you want to aim)



Genesaur said:

I was going to write a more topical comment, but I am concerned both for the suprisingly large number of people who actually liked Other M (and the alarmingly higher-than-one number of people who liked it more than Prime), and those who seem to think it'd be better to have yet another Prime game. Sure, it'd be great, but something new would be a whole lot better. And not new like Other M was new. I mean new in a way that still respects what makes the series good.



DarkLloyd said:

I would like something like the prime series again or something even better would be cool too but i cant really imagine it being any different then a fps or tps, you can only go so far with gameplay elements



andreoni79 said:

WiiU has enough power (and a great controller) for a huge adventure /fps game like Fallout 3 or Bioshock Infinite... using the gamepad to scan planets and enemies.



DrSlump said:

I NEED to play a new metroid prime title... metroid prime is the definitive metroid!



Mochtroid said:

FINALLY! Some good Metroid news! Retro Studios should be the only ones handling this game in my opinion. But the one thing I do ask is that the game has plenty of voice acting, including Samus herself!



WiiLovePeace said:

It's all a big lie in my opinion. I think they're making DKC:TF & Metroid Prime 4 at the same time, but DKC:TF is nearly complete & hence they're talking about it a lot. Where as talking about the next huge Metroid game would turn attention from other Wii U games & MP4 isn't anywhere near ready for release. If I'm right I expect to hear more about the next Metroid game in a January Nintendo Directt at the earliest. I'm still just as pumped for another DKC game though, can't wait to co-op through the whole thing in one sitting with my best friend



Chris720 said:

They could seriously turn Metroid into Nintendo's very own Halo if they bothered to make more Metroid games. I absolutely love Metroid, such an amazing and deep playing experience, shame you see so little of the series.



Pod said:

However much I like the Metroid Prime games I cannot get excited for a fourth one.

PLEASE, let Retro do their magic to something else. Several of the most instrumental artists from Metroid Prime has left Retro anyway, so a new Metroid wouldn't be the same.
I could get behind a 2.5D with new art direction, but I'd rather see what else Retro has up their sleeves.



DarkNinja9 said:

to me this translates as " some of us have a few ideas but due to teams working on other games and trying to finish up we cant fully move on to samus even though we know the fans are demanding it"

so yeah but im sure they can make a great game maybe even as good as there making the next zelda game?



hYdeks said:

make a new 1st person Metroid series for Retro to work on, I absolutely love Metroid and can't wait for a new game



TingLz said:

@Pod They also hired some top talent from elsewhere. So while it may not be the same, it could be just as good if not better.



LittleIrves said:

Am I the only one who would kind of be disappointed by Retro making another Metroid Prime game? The original is one my favorite games of all time, and the next two were both excellent, worthy sequels. But I feel like the trilogy has run its course.

Other M is shamefully underrated. Folks say Nintendo never take risks... then stomp all over them when they do. Not saying I want an Other M 2 (Otherer M?). But a new team or another new direction would be more exciting for me than one last trip to the Prime well.



PyroIsASpy said:

I personally would be very disappointed with a 3rd person Metroid Title on Wii U. If another studio do one on 3DS i'd be fine with it, but I think that the 1st person Metroid Games really put an emphasis on the exploration of alien worlds. Unlike the fast-paced rhythm of the 3rd person games which included shinesparking and whatnot, the Prime games had Samus walk slowly, crossing unknown and vast planets. You really had time to enjoy how alien the world looked and felt. Also, the Prime games are some of the best looking games of the Wii and GC and the Wii U really needs a game to show off that it can makes beautiful games too.

And if you hadn't figured it out by now, I enjoyed playing the Prime games far more than 3rd person Metroid.



atomicjuicer said:

We need a follow up to other M on the 3ds.

Wii u is desperate for Metroid but I can wait a year (or more if it takes that long to make it truly awesome).

Make me wait more than 1.5 years from now and nintendo will be permanently dead to me.



JaxonH said:

If you bought W101, then I stand corrected. I just hear so many people complaining, saying "Nintendo needs new IPs" then doesn't buy Pikmin 3 (fairly new and most haven't played a Pikmin game before), doesn't buy Wonderful 101, etc...

I spoke out of haste and used an extreme counter argument. Of course I want to see new games down the line, as does everyone. The point I was making is people clamor for something new, then ignore it when it releases, which aggravates me to no end. But you were not one of those people apparently, which I never should have assumed. My apologies.

Nonetheless, I do feel it's easy for us as spectators and fans to dictate from the sidelines what Nintendo "should" be doing, but it's a whole different story if you're the one doing it.
Watch the profanity please — TBD



cdawg said:

Yes! A new metroid finally.

Give me online multiplayer for this. Also, Id like to see that techno-ish score from the first prime game back.



Williaint said:

@cdawg Nothing was confirmed, read it again. It was only said that Retro is capable of having more than one thing in production, at one time.
So, the "Unfinished Business" was the stuff they didn't get a chance to put into DKC:Returns...
What do I want to see in the future of Metroid? A 2D game like Super Metroid, only longer, scarier, and more exciting! The G-Pad would work great.
I'm not completely against a new prime... an FPS would also be great with the G-Pad.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

@bezerker99 What? With not a single word did I defend Other M. I only defended Team Ninja, and you really can't say they're bad with all these awesome Ninja Gaiden games.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

@bezerker99 It's alright - I'd be the last to pester you about hating Other M, since I clearly see where that's coming from.
The only thing that bugs me is how Tema Ninja keeps getting the punches when they barely had a word in development. The culprit on this one is simply Mr. Sakamoto himself for being somewhat ignorant about Samus' past depictions and neglecting them for his sudden reimagination of her.

Still, I'm not one to hold a grudge for one single mistake. I'll just wait for the next Metroid game to do it better.



bezerker99 said:

@Kaze_Memaryu I certainly hope the next Metroid is an improvement and gets the series back on track. Needs to get back to it's roots. a 2D Metroid title with no gimmicks would be awesome.



ompgsag said:

God no, the last thing we need is another FPS Metroid. There's already been 4 of them.

They should try creating their own IP for a change.

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