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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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GameXplain snapped a few new photos of the squishy Metroid amiibo releasing with Samus Returns in September. See the shots in the video below.

Producer Adi Shankar just wrapped up the first season on Netflix’s Castlevania animated series, and he’s setting his sights on Assassin’s Creed next. Shankar also has interest in Nintendo franchises, as it turns out.

When asked about other game series he’d like to adapt while speaking with Nintendo Life, Shankar turned to Metroid. “Dark Metroid in the same anime style,” he responded.

With Nintendo more open to video content these days, perhaps the idea of Shankar working on Metroid isn’t entirely far-fetched. At the very least, he’d likely treat the IP well given the strong reception to Castlevania thus far.

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It was rumored a couple of years ago that MercurySteam attempted to pitch a Metroid game for Wii U and 3DS. Then in 2016, the studio denied that report. What makes things really interesting is that, last week, Nintendo and MercurySteam announced Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS.

So what happened here? Liam Robertson, who reported on the rumor originally, shared his latest findings in a new video.

Steve Butler, an employee from Archie Comics, has posted some concept art of a Metroid comic series that he had made for Archie Comics almost six years ago. Archie Comics wanted to do a licensed video game comic and they decided to go with Mega Man over Metroid in the end. Check out below to look at the concept art for the Metroid comic series.

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First 4 Figures is teasing plans for a new figure based on Meta Ridley from the Metroid franchise. Specific details are unknown at present, but we should be hearing more in the new year.

To celebrate the Meta Ridley news, First 4 Figures is giving away 1,000 F4F Reward Points to five winners. Points can be used as cash towards a future purchase. To enter, join the First4Figures Official Collectors Club and fill in the form here. Winners will be selected on January 25.

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The final entry in Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition interview series has gone live. The last one highlights the original Metroid, with director Yoshio Sakamoto and character designer Hiroji Kiyotake participating.

During the interview, there was talk about how the team set up to make something different from Super Mario Bros., and focused on movement. We also hear about how Samus Aran got her name and how the team decided to make her female.

Head past the break for the full interview.

Over in Miitomo, players can once again nab the collaboration items for Metroid. Nintendo previously made the Zelda content available for a second time last week.

Metroid items are located in Miitomo Drop and the Miitomo Shop. Additionally, the My Nintendo rewards are back up. The Metroid items will disappear again on December 7.

In some ways, Metroid and Castlevania are intertwined. The two franchises have drawn a few comparisons due to their nature of gameplay. In fact, that’s mainly why we have the “Metroidvania” type of gaming genre.

Koji Igarashi, who is currently working on Bloodstained, actually told Glixel that he’d be “incredibly honored” to make a Metroid game if the fans asked and Nintendo approached him.

Additionally, when specifically asked why Nintendo never teamed up with him and Konami to develop a new 2D Metroid back in the way, Igarashi responded:

“Nintendo is very careful about protecting their IPs and making any changes to their games. Around the time that I was proving that I could do multiple titles and do them well, Nintendo had shifted to Metroid Prime and they were having success turning their 2D games into 3D. So they probably decided from that point on that Metroid was going to be a 3D game series, and by that rationale, my style of games didn’t really fit their criteria. That would be my guess.”

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At Wonder Festival this past summer, we heard about a new Samus figma from Good Smile and Max Factory. It’s based on the character’s appearance in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

When news about the figure initially surfaced, we only had a generic stock image to go off. Now, however, we have a look at the actual design. That’s because Good Smile is now showing off the prototype at New York Comic Con. We’ve attached a photo from Good Smile above.

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