Metroid: Samus Returns was a welcome announcement during E3, as Nintendo used the Treehouse segment to unveil what is now one of the most anticipated 3DS titles of this year. It's being developed by MercurySteam, well known among 3DS owners for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, and it's looking rather good.
The reveal was a surprise, but it also brought us back to reports from two years ago that had been dismissed by MercurySteam, in what now seem to have been diversionary tactics. We teamed up with Liam Robertson back in August 2015 to share his report on the European studio pitching some intriguing Metroid projects for Wii U and 3DS to Nintendo. They evidently didn't happen, and we now have this remake / reimagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus on the way.
In any case Liam revisits the story, catches up with his sources from the time and tries to fill in the gaps from those pitches to the game now set to grace our 3DS screens this year. Check it out below.
Are you excited about Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS?
What ever happened to Metroid Dread? That's a serious mystery, did/does it actually really exist?
Thanks Nintendo for denying us a Metroid game on Wii U and shooting down their idea. Nintendo should have had their own Metroid plans long before that, not waiting for a small developer to come to them and pitch some ideas. It's like them saying, we can't be bothered doing anything so what have you got?
This shows that Nintendo don't hold the series in much regard as does the long absence since the last game. Could you imagine a developer like MercurySteam going to Nintendo with an idea for a new Mario or Zelda game? They wouldn't get past the front door. Or could you imagine going an entire generation without either series appearing on a console? I didn't think so.
"MercurySteam wanted to do a main home console game that would be a 1st person shooter/adventure, as well as a companion game for 3DS".
"Nintendo was not interested in developing one for Wii U. One developer recalls being told that Wii U was off the table altogether".
Nintendo knew way back then that they were pulling the plug on Wii U sooner rather than later. Still, these videos by Liam are always interesting and informative.
I hope the “talented new development team” making Metroid Prime 4 are proven developers.
Honestly I'm so excited for this! Other M sucked so badly, and that was so long ago. I love 2D metroids and og metroid 2 was great. I am also very excited to see what they do with prime 4, my guess and hope is that it'll never an "open air"(as Nintendo calls it) metroid. Honestly it just makes sense with all the possibilities. The last article that talked about it really made me more hyped I can't wait. Metroid is getting a proper revival for the anniversary (:
I remember when Liam Robertson was picked on due to Mercury Steam denying his Metroid rumors. Now MSR happens...
Ahhh the good ole' days...
"What Happened?" Sounds like Liam's just clutching at straws again. And looks like Nintendo made the right decision to bring Metroid to Switch and 3DS and the announcement timing was prefect.
Wow ten years after corruption and 14 years since fusion. Metroid is one of most neglected nintendo ip's, after f-zero. There is so much potential for the metroid universe my brain can't even fathom it lol
@Niinbendo Sam us me!
not excited at all...
Prime 4 should have been on wii u way back in its life, if it had then it would have already been ported to switch and the announcement at E3 should have been prime 5. Hmm they turned down a wii u metroid pitch but thought it was a great idea to release AC Amiibo Festival instead I can just see all wii u owners giving Ninty a golden handshake for that decision, NOT
@EDF to be fair ac amiibo festival probably cost a fraction of what prime 4 will cost. I'm also pretty sure they are going to reuse the assets from it when they make a proper animal crossing for the switch.
Had to go back to Youtube and remind myself how horrible AC Amiibo craptival was...
But those assets weren't terrible.
@Timppis well I never said it was good 😊
@locky-mavo Why is that clutching at straws? It's a video about what happened to the Wii U + 3DS pitch.
@westman98 Why are you so petty?
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Metroid Dread was a real thing. I talked about it in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFpLm3Dg7Yg
@Eddyson @Lumine why not? We get a 2d Metroid and a new metroid prime 4! How could you not be excited?!
While the announcement of a Metroid game excites me, I can't help but feel a little disappointed we haven't seen an updated side scroller. I loved the first two - the FPS genre is too saturated.
I was making a sarcastic comment aimed at those who denied your credibility after those past Mercury Steam comments rejecting your Metroid rumors, only for MSR to now exist a year+ later.
I bought Metroid 2 on the VC, and really liked it. The problem was that there was no map so I could never tell where I was or if I had visited the same black and white area. Simple things like a good map makes more super excited for this game
Nice video, as always.
I love the pixel art style(from fusion, zero mission and am2r). And I have played the 2D Castlevania game (mirror of fate), nay, completed it.
It is a fun game but not a good one.
That shows me that MercurySteam wasn't up to snuff.
I hope Nintendo knows this and is wary in development.
When a franchise has been dormant for so long they should aim to revitalize the games by making most aspects better.
When games like Axiom verge and Am2r exist, can they really ask 30-45 bucks for, what is looking to be, a lesser game?
I've played every game in the metroid franchise.
For me this is looking to be worse than federation force.
But that's comparing apples and oranges.
I'm more excited for metroid prime 4.
The only reason, is that I have hope prime4's gameplay is better than 2 and 3.The original was awesome. 2 and 3 felt like megaman x 2 and 3. They're "better" but for some reason worse.
@Eddyson How is Samus Return a lesser game? Espesically compared to Verge? It's a full 3d 2d side scroller which is a complete reimagining of the original, with completely new abilities and so on.
Besides, the game isn't even out. This game is a collaboration with Nintendo, just wait until release and go from there.
I'm so HYPED for this!
@giddygeek What do you mean exactly? Samus Returns is a sidescroller. Did you mean you want a brand new Metroid that's not a remake?
They already showed gameplay at e3. It is not like we don't know anything about this game. And 3d graphics in 2d game doesn't equate as better all the time.
"What if super metroid had 3d graphics?"
honestly? the gameplay would probably suffer..
Always interesting to see behind the scenes like this. It's a shame they never got to produce their original vision but I suppose this is better than nothing for them. I'm curious to see more of the new IP and whether the ideas in that would've been a good fit for Metroid.
@Eddyson Whether it's going to be good or not is up in the air until the game releases, which wasn't what I was referring too. I was talking about the amount of work that goes into the game.
Honestly, we know nothing.
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