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Metroid co-creator not planning another remake

Posted on October 1, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News

In terms of pure 2D games, the past couple of Metroid titles have been remakes. Metroid: Zero Mission was a remake of the original entry. And Metroid: Samus Returns redid Metroid II from the Game Boy.

What lies ahead for the future of 2D Metroid? As of now, it probably won’t be a remake, unless Nintendo feels that’s what fans want.

Metroid franchise co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto was recently asked by GameRant about where the series could be taken next. In response, Sakamoto said:

“It really depends on the reasons you have for undertaking such a challenge, whether there’s a need for it, and your own motivation, but at the moment I have no plans for another remake. I think we need to spend time considering whether fans are only wanting remakes going forward, and what that might mean.”

It’s been ages since the last original, non-remake 2D Metroid, so perhaps it’s time for something entirely new. How do you all feel about what sort of game you’d like to see next?


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  • Ragnell

    I honestly don’t think any other titles need a remake. Recently played through the gba titles and they were solid and looked great.

  • theFooFighter

    There’s nothing else to remake. I’d buy a remake of super or prime or fusion but those games are fine. Give them virtual console releases or a quick dirty hd upscale but they don’t need the time and money required for full remakes

    • Ragnell

      Metroid Prime(s) still look great to this day. I wish my switch had vc tho…

      • jim

        The prime games in hd with anti aliasing etc. Would go great with prime 4

  • raith

    I think a new IP by Sakamoto would be interesting. Then after that, he can give us our long awaited sequel to Metroid Fusion.

    • bathumanmanman

      No. We’ve gotten multiple new IPs by him already, including Rhythm Heaven games. Just give us Metroid 5, we’ve been waiting for 15 years…

  • JasonBall

    Metroid 5 plz now

  • Lord Drieg

    Since it’s a little difficult to get a hold of the GBA remakes, I’d like a re-release of Zero Mission and Fusion, on 3DS using this game’s graphics engine. After that, much like Capcom & X9 not happening yet, I’d like to see what happened after Fusion.

    These are my hopes for Metroid’s 2D future. (Unless Sakamoto is busy working on Prime 4. Then he should focus on that above the next 2D Metroid)

    Also, it’s a bit unlikey, but maybe if they feel they’ve written themselves into a hole with Fusion they could reboot the franchise. But not by redoing the first game again, like Star Fox has done. Perhaps a game that starts in the middle of Samus’ career, or exploring her first mission as a bounty hunter. Not her first major contribution to the galactic society.

    • Triforce of the Gods

      If you have a Wii U, Fusion and Zero Mission are on the VC.

      Sakamoto doesn’t direct the Prime series, so that’s not a concern.

      • Lord Drieg

        Well, that’s good to know about Sakamoto. Still, they may call him in if they want/need insight on certain design elements or choices.

        Also, I know that those games are on Wii U VC. But I don’t have a Wii U. And with a monumentally larger install base in 3DS owners, it’d be a perfect way to capitalize on the revival Metroid and Samus’ return.

        • Kimberly Burgess

          I would love to have the GBA Metroid games on my”New” 3DS. In fact, when I bought my Galaxy edition 3DS, I had assumed all of the non-Prime Metroid games were already on the 3DS since my ancient DS Lite ran GBA games AND the Wii U had already added them to its VC. It is sad that I cannot play all of the handheld Metroid games on my 3DS, as it is the perfect of Gameboy handhelds.

          • Lord Drieg

            As stupid as this may sound, I think Nintendo has refused to make GBA games available on the 3DS solely to not anger/annoy/vex the first 3DS adopters.

            Part of their Ambassador package was 10 of the best GBA titles made available exclusively on their 3DSes. Fusion was one of those titles, among several other must-haves from the GBA library. There’d be no way for Nintendo to make GBA games available in their original format and exclude those 10.

            Which is why I suggested the remaster. No diminishing what the 3DS ambassadors have, while making the two beloved 2D games available to gamers new and old to (re)experience.

            Thanks for your reply! =)

          • Fandangle

            Actually it’s more than likely because the 3DS can’t properly handle a GBA emulator. on hacked 3DSes more than a few games don’t run properly or run at a reduced framerate. The o3DS genuinely can’t handle some games on it and it’d cost a lot to develop and tweak an emulator the way nintendo does.

            It’s more that it was too much effort for them.

    • bathumanmanman

      You’re acting like it’s simple to just port the game over like that, but you’re literally just describing a remake. The SR engine has many very significant differences from the old GBA engine…

      • Lord Drieg

        I’m not trying to make it sound like it wouldn’t take time and effort. But compared to building a new game engine, enemy assets, etc. 90% of what already exists from the development of Samus Returns could easily be applied to a graphically updated re-release of Fusion and Zero Mission.

        The engine feels more similar to Fusion than Zero, which could be tweaked to replicate the physics found in Zero Mission. Level design & architecture is a non-issue as they have access to design documents and the level maps themselves.

        The only changes I see needing to be made to the engine would be the removal or locking of the Melee Counter mechanic (New Game Plus experience?), addition of the Speed Booster, tweaking of wall jump mechanic to reflect each game properly, and removal or locking of the Free Aim system (NG+?).

        Would it be as simple as I’ve made it out to be? Probably not, since I’m not a game designer or computer coder. But as important as these two games are, they are difficult to find in their original GBA cartridge form or digitally as Nintendo has refused to make them available on either of their more adopted systems: Switch and 3DS.

        They’re on the Wii U. Which makes no sense whatsoever. Ignoring the fact that GBA games were portable from their inception, Nintendo has made beloved GBA titles available on a system significantly fewer people have adopted. They’re losing money and wasting resources supporting a system that should be remembered for its shortcomings & promptly dropped to support the new Switch digital library and the existing, thriving 3DS library.

        It kills me that each week instead of NES, SNES, N64, or GBA titles being added to the Switch eShop, obscure Neo-Geo titles keep showing up. I don’t know any of these games. And the reason for their inclusion feels similar to why Nintendo started the Virtual Console: nostalgia. Well, I have none for these Neo-Geo games. Cause I never played ’em.

        If Nintendo wants to tempt me into spending money on a 16-bit graphic game, put the GBA titles on a home console that offers TRUE portability compared to its predecessor and Nintendo will stop hearing complaints, at least regarding this backwards business decision.

        Sakamoto mentioned that the reason Nintendo, he, and his team chose to remake Metroid II is because it has such an important story element that many new Metroid players will miss out on. Despite Metroid II being available on 3DS, I never managed to complete it myself. Cause it’s cramped, clunky, and confusing.

        This REMAKE of Metroid II was well timed and vital to the overall story of Samus Aran. But clearly, since Mercury Steam originally pitched a Fusion remake and even teased something Fusion related at a point in M:SR, they would love the opportunity to work on that project. And I’d welcome it. Because it’s been 15 years since both Fusion and Zero Mission came out. And new Metroid fans would appreciate having one or both of Samus’ defining missions available on the same hand-held they possibly got to know her on.

        • Bảo Anh Hoàng

          So basically remake, understand

        • bathumanmanman

          It’s not about building the engine, they’ll likely even port the engine over for future 2D games on the Switch. Most of the money would be going towards making the actual GAME. New models, new enemies, new bosses, etc. You’re describing a remake, not a simple port or remaster.

  • Cyxodus

    I wwould love to see an original 2D Metroid, Zelda and Mario game on the Switch.

  • Rafael Bueno

    Well it doesn’t rly need too anymore
    Samus Returns was the only game needed to be remaked. The rest is completely fine

  • nekoknight

    GOOD! We don’t need anymore Metroid remakes, because all of the other Metroid games are just fine the way they are. I definitely would like a brand new 2D Metroid for the Switch.

  • Exposer

    Remake Super Metroid and it will have the same Backslash of Federation Force.

  • hi v3.0

    Yeah we got Zero Mission and Samus Returns, anything Super Metroid and beyond doesn’t need a remake at all. Samus Returns was the first Metroid game I properly played and I loved it! Would be glad to see a new 2D Metroid for Switch but first they need to release the Prime trilogy on Switch 🙂

    • Locky Mavo

      HD Prime Collection on Switch

      • SpectralDynamite

        The Prime Trilogy’s already on Wii U, tho, through the eShop.

        • Locky Mavo

          Yeah, I’ve still got my physical Metroid Prime Trilogy disc for Wii. I’d still like to see a HD remastered collection, preferably on the Switch, not just the Trilogy, but with Hunters and possibly a remake of Federation Force, even with the flack MP:FF got, it was still a fun, enjoyable game for what it was. Though a remake to make it look more like a proper Metroid Prime game, I think, would do well for it.

          • Adam Palmer

            I’m hoping for a Switch release of the Prime Trilogy as well. It plays well on Wii U, but it would be really nice to play through the Prime Trilogy on a portable system and without motion controls. Not that the motion controls are bad, but I think the trilogy for Wii U should have allowed you to play with either control scheme.

          • Motion Controls were fine, but I did play with lock-on

  • José Reis

    I was hoping for a Super Metroid remake on Switch

    • FutureFox

      The game is perfect as it is.

      • José Reis

        Graphics and gameplay are really outdated

        • Aline Piroutek

          Actually not.

  • Locky Mavo

    That’s good news imo. Metroid 2 was the only Metroid game really needing a remake, the others, with Zero Mission, are great as they are. Hopefully this also means that if Sakamoto is working on a Metroid game, it’ll be Metroid 5.

  • Zeebor

    I want another WarioWare, honestly.

    • CaptainPleb


    • SpectralDynamite


      I also want another Wario Land.

    • Aline Piroutek

      A proper Warioware game please, not Game&Wario. No WarioWare game was done to play with the Wii Motion Plus.

      • Zeebor

        I liked Game & Wario,

        • Aline Piroutek

          I did not hate the game. I miss the true Warioware series with its thousands of minigames.

  • Fandangle

    I can see it now.


  • FutureFox

    Give Samus a NEW bounty to hunt.


    I think metroid needs to move forward with a new addition to the metroid legacy. You can remake the originals whenever you want to like in between projects for possibly new metroid games. There is so much that can be done. Metroid is far from getting a game over any time soon if you play your cards right. I look forward to seeing a new metroid game that will have samus on an all new hunt.

  • Arsalan Shahzad

    Maybe they could bring back Dread?? Doesn’t count as a remake if the game never came out

  • flamepanther

    Well, they could remake Other M with some of the kinks worked out. Other than that, nothing really needs it.

    • Coonfoot

      I was just about to comment that. I’d love a totally re-written Other M that portrays Samus the right way. Something like this:

    • Addy

      How about that it no longer exist and consider that fixed.

      • flamepanther

        That would be a damn shame. The game is too linear, but only about as linear as Fusion. Everything else wrong with it is very much fixable. A few script tweaks, a new dub, cut out the object hunts, bring back item drops, and adapt the controls for a conventional analog gamepad, and you’d have a decent side-story game. It has a lot of cool, fun segments between the warty bits.

  • Vive

    Smart call considering with Samus Returns it started as a remake and it ended up being almost an entirely different game with new bosses, new areas,…

  • Miguel Lopez Arciniega

    So where does that put the ending for samus returns? Spoilers for anybody who hasn’t seen the ending.

  • Tlink7

    Good, make a new game 😛

  • Adrian Brown

    I’d love an HD remake of Super Metroid.

  • Edward Asay

    But it has also been ages since a new 2D Metroid game. If Metroid went through the same format that Modern Pokemon games are going through, which is game, remake, game, remake, and an occasional sequel, I think everyone would be happy. Older fans get to see their favorite series get new titles, and younger fans, who haven’t played the older games, can experience them the older games too. We just want more Metroid.

  • Josh Lee

    I’d love to see a Metroid game for PS4. I don’t even own one, but I would buy the console just for that game. I don’t own a Nintendo 3DS, but I’m buying one just for Samus Returns. I have always been a huge fan of the series. If there’s a way you could make that happen, that would be epic!

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Metroid on the PS4 will never happen dude. Unless Nintendo switches to being a third-party developer.

      • JohnCReally

        Yep. Don’t see them becoming Sega anytime soon.

    • Bảo Anh Hoàng

      LOL, Nintendo make game for PS4? LOL, in your parallel world dream, obviously

  • Andy Toth

    Though it’s fantastic as it is, I’d still enjoy seeing a remake of Super Metroid – the original game in it’s entirety with extra stuff added to the start/end or crammed in the middle. It’s amazing, so of course I want more of it! Otherwise, I definitely want a new 2D Metroid story.

  • Stephanie Kay Shockley

    I’d like a remake of Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion and another NES Metroid remake. Sure the games are awesome the way they are but nothing beats playing a game in 3D. And no one can tell me otherwise.