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Kotaku was one of several outlets that went hands-on with Metroid: Samus Returns at E3 last week. The site also spoke with some of the people involved with the game.

According to Tim O’Leary from Nintendo Treehouse, development is complete. Perhaps that not massively surprisingly given how it’s due out in just a few months. Still, it’s pretty interesting to hear.

Kotaku also shares some new comments from producer Yoshio Sakamoto. Sakamoto was asked why Samus Returns is on 3DS rather than Switch, why it’s taken so long for a new 2D Metroid, criticism of Metroid: Other M, and how the 2D / 3D Metroids are handled at Nintendo.

Continue on below for Sakamoto’s comments. You can find a few more on Kotaku here.

Game Informer caught up with two of the developers working on Metroid: Samus Returns at this year’s E3. The site spoke with Nintendo producer Yoshio Sakamoto and José Luis Márquez of MercurySteam.

During the conversations, there was talk about why Metroid II is being remade and bringing back 2D Metroid. Sakamoto was also asked to clarify the story of making Samus female at the end of the original Metroid.

Continue on below for some excerpts from the interview. The full talk is over at Game Informer.

After working on the project for several years, DoctorM64 published his fan project Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R) online last year. But soon after it was released, he was given a DMCA from Nintendo.

What’s makes the whole story interesting is that Nintendo unveiled Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS at E3 this week. It just so happens that the company was working on its own remake of the Game Boy title.

One of the more prominent developers involved with Metroid was actually aware of AM2R. Although he hasn’t seen it personally, game producer Yoshio Sakamoto told Kotaku:

“We heard about it first after we had already started development. We know it exists, the fact that a fan is out there and really likes the series this much.”

This information comes from Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto and MercurySteam’s Jose Luis Márquez…

On whether Nintendo reached out to MercurySteam or the other way around…

There was a very fateful meeting, so we’ll tell you that to start off with.

I just wanted to start out by saying I’ve been wanting to make a 2D Metroid game with today’s technology for quite a long time. It wasn’t only my personal desire, but also because I know there are a lot of people out there in the world who have been clamoring for a 2D Metroid game.

For myself, I’ve been wanting to revisit that fundamental, basic, core essence of Metroid, that 2D gameplay, and I was considering ways to go about taking on that challenge. That was more than two years ago.

This information comes from Nintendo’s Yoshio Sakamoto…

“It’s the same game. … All of the fundamental design is the same … in that the basic map structure is all based off the Metroid II map. Basically what we’ve done is we’ve used this new technology that we have at our fingertips to just polish up what was already there and to improve upon it. Maybe the thing that felt so different was that it was in full color.”

On whether Samus Returns is getting the same expansion as Zero Mission…

“I believe that yes you can go ahead and look forward to some of those same experiences that you had with Zero Mission.”

On whether we’ll get an additional layer of back story like Zero Mission…

“[In] this game there’s a lot of background, there’s a lot of lore involved in this title. But it’s not like a novel or something. It incorporates the lore, but it’s not integral to the gameplay experience. It’s in the background more than in the foreground. There is definitely information for the players to get that revolves around sort of the larger storyline.”

This information comes from Enric Alvarez, Head of Studio at MercurySteam…

“Metroid is one of the most recognized Nintendo franchises and we are so honoured to collaborate with them on the latest game in the saga of space-faring bounty hunter Samus Aran. Our collaboration with Nintendo will give gamers around the world the chance to play this fantastic adventure in a completely new way not seen before”.

This information comes from Yoshio Sakamoto, senior officer of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development Department, and the producer of the overall Metroid franchise…

“The development of this Metroid game with Mercury Steam has gone very smoothly and more than anything, it has been very exciting. Metroid: Samus Returns is based on the GameBoy classic Metroid II: Return of Samus, and we are very confident that this collaboration with Mercury Steam is the reason we have been able to successfully pull together various features like actions never seen before in the Metroid series, a stunning recreation of the planet SR388 and classical Metroid gameplay elements into a single powerful package.”

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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.

A couple of weeks ago, Nintendo published two interviews with Shigeru Miyamoto and Yoshio Sakamoto on their Japanese website. Miyamoto, obviously, created Donkey Kong, and Sakamoto developed Balloon Fight. Both of these NES games are among the games lineup of the NES Classic Mini, which was the occasion for these interviews. Now, Nintendo of America has provided an official translation of both interviews on their website.  We’ve already provided an overview of the Miyamoto interview here, but it if you want to check out the official translation, you can find it here. The Sakamoto interview about Balloon Fight is located here.

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We previously reported on an interview about Miitomo between Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi and Miitomo producer Yoshi Sakamoto. The interview is split into multiple parts – a total of 6 will be released. Parts 3 and 4 are now available here.

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Update 2 (7/1): The second part is now live here. Looks like these are going up quicker than expected!


Original (6/30): Nintendo UK has put up a new transcript of a conversation held between Miitomo producer Yoshio Sakamoto and EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi. The two go over the origins of the app that debuted a few months ago.

You can read the full discussion here. Five more parts will be added to the page over the next few weeks.

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