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Miyamoto’s “bug head” Samus question led to the visor system in the Metroid Prime series

Posted on August 17, 2009 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii

This comes from the developer’s voice interview with the developers of the Metroid Prime series over at Retro…

“Mike Wikan likes to tell a story about Mr. Miyamoto asking us during the early design phases of Prime 1, ‘What would it be like if Samus had a bug’s head?'” – Brian Walker, Senior Producer

“And at the time, I remember going back to our office and saying, ‘Switching heads? What does that have to do with Metroid?'” – Mike Wikan, Senior Designer

“He wasn’t asking if she had the head of a fly…” – Walker

“…He was talking about the mechanic of altered perception as a whole.” – Wikan

“And from that, the visor system came to be, where Samus could see different things with different visors and use that as a puzzle-solving element.” – Walker

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