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Sakamoto wants to make another 2D Metroid if given the opportunity and fans are interested

Posted on August 19, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Metroid: Samus Returns isn’t entirely new, but it’s still technically the first 2D entry in the series we’ve had in years. Before the 3DS remake, it wasn’t until Metroid: Zero Mission on the Game Boy Advance that Nintendo revisited the 2D gameplay.

Fans will be happy to hear that series producer Yoshio Sakamoto still wants to work on the series going forward. In this month’s issue of Game Informer, Sakamoto said that he’d love to make another 2D Metroid so long as the opportunity presents itself and the fans show interest. Part of this seems to be based on Samus Returns’ reception – and the amount of people purchasing the game.

Sakamoto said:

“Through the development of Metroid: Samus Returns, I was able to really grasp the possibility and fun of a 2D Metroid. Like when I finished the first game, if there is another opportunity to make another Metroid, that is something that I would love to do. Of course, that really depends on how much people really want to buy a 2D Metroid.”

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  • AquaBat

    It’s Metroid 2, senpai, of course people are going to buy it.

    • Zeebor

      Metroid 2 is regarded as the worst game in the series from a pure gameplay perspective. Even the saltiest fanboy has admits Otger and Federation Force were good for what they are when divorced from the mythos.

      • JasonBall

        Largely unintelligible but I agree.

      • dathip

        Metroid 2 is the only metroid game i have never played. Are you basing the gameplay off the gameboy version or upcoming 3ds version? Also, what makes it bad?

        • Zeebor

          It’s an early lifetime Gameboy game that isn’t Tetris. It’s technical issues are multiple, and map design is considered the worst in the series due to re-used sprites and small screen real estate

          • Coonfoot

            Perhaps that’s part of the reason they’re remaking it: To make it good.

          • JJ

            It was a great game-in it’s time.

        • Annie Anemo

          Gameboy version but don’t worry, the 3DS remake looks very different from the original and the rest of the 2D Metroid games, if you’re still undecided you should play AM2R, the Metroid 2 fan-made remake, it’s really good

          • dathip

            Thanks man!

        • Edward Ebersole

          Did you ever play AM2R?

      • Fandangle

        I wouldn’t. Other M was a really bad game from a gameplay perspective. There were pixel hunts with no indication what you were looking for, the forced Sideways Wiimote usage was absolutely idiotic (And Sakamoto’s idea) the automatic aiming was ridiculous, the Dodge had entirely too many I-frames and was stupidly broken, Switching to first person mode was absolutely awful and clunky, and made you absolutely vulnerable. That’s not even going into the long, boring level design.

        Other M is easily a very very VERY bad game even on it’s own.

        • Yup, people tend to get so focused on the godawful story elements that they overlook how crappy the game was in its own right.

          • Fandangle

            I once wrote an entire essay on how bad Other M was while completely ignoring the story elements. The game is really REALLY bad. If I could think of one word that sums it up, not only from a gameplay perspective, but also a design perspective it would be “Braindead”.

          • The worst part is that nearly every exceptionally bad thing about the game – the NES control scheme, the IR pointer segments, the dumbed-down maps, the tacky art design, and of course every single thing about the story – came directly from Sakamoto, and he was even proud of it at the time. It’s probably the worst first-party Nintendo game I’ve ever played.

  • Exy

    He just couldn’t well leave alone, could he.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Didn’t Sakamoto have some say in Samus Returns development? So to be fair, maybe Sakamoto has learned his lesson after 7 years. Things can change.

      • JJ

        Back on GB original version SR was a good game, there weren’t mistakes it took advantage of all the original GB had to offer. It’s just that the series and gaming in general has advanced to far in this time to make it seem primitive.

  • Lucciano Bartolini

    You heard it folks, if this game doesn’t sell, then we won’t have a new Metroid game.

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      Prime 4?

      • Lucciano Bartolini

        We don’t even know what Prime 4 will be like, don’t you think this one could affect the development of Prime 4?

        Both games must sell well if we want the Metroid franchise to get saved.

        • KnickKnackMyWack

          Not really. They announced it and unlike Dread, Prime 4 is part of an established series of successful 3D games. It’s also being developed in-house at Nintendo. I’m not particularly worried.

          • Lucciano Bartolini

            People said the same about Mighty No. 9, Sonic games, Yooka-Laylee, etc.

            Let’s not over hype or over think that it will be flawless, please.

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            Sonic Mania was superb, Yooka-Laylee is underrated and neither Sakamoto nor Team Ninja are involved with Metroid Prime 4. Your skepticism is your opinion but it’s also based on quite literally nothing. Worth mentioning Nintendo considers 2D Metroid and 3D Metroid as two separate entities in the same universe, much like they treat 2D and 3D Mario games differently.

          • Lucciano Bartolini

            It’s not “based on nothing”, it doesn’t matter how good a game can get, we should never act as if it’s going to be flawless (Prime 1, 2 and 3 weren’t) neither try to over hype them (especially if we’ve never seen gameplay of it) because then we’re just being mindless sheeps.

            I don’t doubt Prime 4 will be good, but I would like to say that after seeing gameplay footage instead of saying that based on nothing (yes, an announcement is nothing).

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            we should never act as if it’s going to be flawless

            Which I never argued.

            Prime 1, 2 and 3 weren’t

            In your opinion. As far as I’m concerned, they were all superb.

            I don’t doubt Prime 4 will be good, but I would like to say that after seeing gameplay footage instead of saying that based on nothing

            That’s perfectly fine. But not all of us agree. Nintendo has not yet made a bad game. For that reason, an in-house developed Metroid Prime is all sorts of hype-worthy to me. My hype can be based on little as well as your skepticism and both can be just as valid. This should not be difficult for you to grasp.

          • Lucciano Bartolini

            “In your opinion. As far I’m concerned, they were all superb”

            Superb =/= flawless.

            “Nintendo has not yet made a bad game”

            The internet would like to disagree with you regarding Other M and Federation Force.

            If you can grasp my skepticism, then at least let me stay skeptic until I see some game-footage and then I can decide whether or not to be hyped.

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            Superb =/= flawless.

            Semantics.

            The internet would like to disagree with you regarding Other M and Federation Force.

            Those are not in-house games from any of Nintendo’s first party studios. They were developed by Team Ninja, headed by Sakamoto and Next Level Games, headed by Tanabe respectively.

            If you can grasp my skepticism, then at least let me stay skeptic until I see some game-footage and then I can decide whether or not to be hyped.

            Never said you couldn’t be? Your arguments are just boiling down to well it could be bad/canceled because reasons. Heck, in this comment you just cited two games not even actually made by Nintendo EAD.

          • Lucciano Bartolini

            Semantics are important.

            Nintendo still green light those games and they had a voice regarding its direction. No apology there.

            No, I said that we shouldn’t be hyped until we saw some footage because that’s common sense while all you try to do is blind faith to Nintendo by saying that “none of their first party games are bad” as if it couldn’t even happen. Heck, I could try to argue some games that are bad or, at least, not good that Nintendo developed and you would just blame another figure and not Nintendo.

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            Nintendo still green light those games and they had a voice regarding its direction. No apology there.

            What? Literally none of the people who worked on those games are from Nintendo EAD. And only Tanabe is working on Prime 4 as far as I know.

          • Lucciano Bartolini

            Just because Nintendo EAD didn’t worked on those games doesn’t mean that they didn’t have the power to cancel the game or tell them what could go or what couldn’t.

            Saying that Nintendo has no responsibility just because they didn’t worked in those games is a wrong thinking. The industry doesn’t work that way, Nintendo it’s still responsible for any game that was made with their IP and their consent.

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            That is insane. Unless the products were bad to the point brand damage (which they weren’t), you aren’t going to render all that time, energy and payroll worthless by canceling a subpar game. Many publishers have done this; sometimes you have to just put your investment out there and hope for the best.

            Saying that Nintendo has no responsibility

            1. I never said that.

            2. You’re changing the subject from development to publishing.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Prime 4?

      • Lucciano Bartolini

        Both games must sell, not just one.

  • dathip

    A metroid that takes place after metroid fusion thank you!!

    • Annie Anemo

      Yes please!!! we also want to know what’s the deal with Sylux

      • dathip

        Yeah. The metroid prime 3 corrution secret ending and metroid federation force is sucha tease

  • Yes, please. I’ll support it, thank you.

  • Zeebor

    Eh, I prefer Wario anyway.

    • Coonfoot

      That needs to be their next revival.
      (I’m assuming you mean Wario Land and not WarioWare)

      • Zeebor

        I mean both. All Warios are equally lovely and deserve all the love.

        • Ardisan

          Wario Land needs more though, that one barely gets games now a days (Something like Shake it plz, no? okay…)

      • JJ

        Advance Wars, anyone!?

  • TRIATLETA SENSUAL
    • Roto Prime

      LOLOLOLOL, never seen this, so perfect!!!!!

  • Carlos

    Uh, duh we want a 2D Metroid. I like the 2D games better than 3D.

  • Exposer

    In other words you MUST (look at the emphasis) buy Samus Returns i dont have a 3DS so is not in my plans, but most of you maybe have one, the same for the amiibos, maybe this could be the Zero Hour for Metroid.

  • JasonBall

    Metroid 5 please next. And let’s all out our money where our mouths are and buy this remake out in less than a month!

    • Roto Prime

      3x here!!! Let’s do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fandangle

    I’d have to see how this one turns out first. I’m not expecting great things especially after Other M, FedForce, and the cinematic takedowns. Prime 4 without Retro is one thing, I’m not expecting much especially considering how Nintendo is treating some of it’s properties lately.

  • Annie Anemo

    I want both 2D and 3D Metroid games, this one looks really good but locking basic game features behind rare amiibo figurines was a terrible idea, they’re features that literally every game has had way before amiibo were a thing but now you need to sleep outside a store or buy them from scalpers to get the full experience for the game you just bought, basically Nintendo punishing their fans for being Nintendo fans, I hope Prime 4 doesn’t have any of that nonsense and that it can live up to our expectations because without Retro’s involvement who knows how the game will turn out

  • Coonfoot

    “If fans are interested” is always a weird phrase to me whenever it’s used by developers (and it’s used a lot). Of course fans are interested!

    • FutureFox

      Makes it seem they have zero sense of the community they serve.

    • R.Z.

      Maybe it’s a new thing they decided to try after Federation Forces …

      “That sure didn’t work as well as I thought. What if we made games that interest fans instead ?”
      “You may be on to something.”

  • FutureFox

    [Warning Unpopular opinion]

    Give Samus a new bounty to hunt and end the Metroid saga (as I see it). Her universe can be so much more vast and weird than this and the pirates.

  • Tlink7

    Buy dat dere 3DS gaem den bois

  • Roto Prime

    Sakamoto my dude…..A Metroid game in the same style as Cup head, but more modern art like late 80’s early 90’s <3 Its like the evolution of Wario smooth moves

  • Adrián Alucard

    If the don’t add amiibo s**t or other kind of DLC I’m in to whatever they launch. But amiibos are a deal breaker

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Then enjoy having a #$^& library of games then. The rest of us will enjoy them with or without amiibo.

      • Adrián Alucard

        It just the opposite, a library of games with amiibos/DLCs is pure #$^&. A library without amiibo games is perfect

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          Your opinion and nothing more, just like my statement.

          • Adrián Alucard

            But the greed companies show with almost every single DLC is a fact. And I’m not going to support that behavior.

  • R.Z.

    Like people haven’t been wanting a new 2D Metroid game for the past ten years …

  • Ardisan

    Nah uh uh, first you better make sure the game is good Sakamoto!