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Metroid director and producer Yoshio Sakamoto has again addressed the series’ future.

Sakamoto just finished up his work on Metroid Dread, which came to Switch last month. With many fans having completed the experience, some can’t help but wonder what lies in store for the character going forward.

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Nintendo is starting to dabble with the movie space in the form of the Super Mario animated film, but could we see other franchises – like Metroid – get the same treatment?

Yoshio Sakamoto started out on the original Metroid as a designer. Since then, he’s worked on almost all of the 2D games as either a director and producer.

CNET recently asked Sakamoto about a potential Metroid movie. That prompted the following response:

GamesIndustry has shared some interesting data pertaining to the Metroid series in the UK. Along with the best-selling entries in the series by units, we’re also able to see the best-selling titles in terms of revenue.

In terms of units, Metroid Prime is the best-selling Metroid title in the UK at the moment. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption wins out regarding revenue. You’ll notice that Metroid Dread has already overtaken several games and is in the top ten despite being on the market for just a few days – and that’s without digital downloads being factored in.

Below are the full results:

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According to a new report from Bloomberg, Nintendo will “begin assembly of its new Switch as soon as July and release the upgraded replacement for its four-year-old game console in September or October”. The site further adds that the system is “likely to be priced higher than the $299 original” and “may be announced ahead of the E3 conference starting June 12 to allow publishers to showcase their full range of Switch games at the global event”.

The Switch Lite will remain on the market. However, the standard Switch will eventually be phased out.

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Some incredibly interesting promo art has surfaced from an estate sale for a former DIC Animation City employee. Four cartoons are featured: Double Dragon, California Games, Castlevania, and Metroid.

You’ll notice that these images are all branded with “Super Mario Bros. Power Hour”. It’s unclear what this is about, though Kotaku speculates that it was possibly a planned expansion or sequel to The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, which started airing in 1989.

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Game Informer senior editor Imran Khan has provided some additional details about the current state of Nintendo’s plans for Metroid.

Something that has been rumored in the past is Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch, though it has yet to be announced. Khan says that it’s “been long done” and it was supposed to be announced last month. Why that didn’t happen is unclear.

Aside from Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid Prime Trilogy, there’s apparently “more Metroid stuff” in the works. Khan believes Metroid Prime 4’s delay “adjusts their schedule a bit,” which may or may not include Trilogy.

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In a sit-down interview with IGN, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, notable for films such as The Kings of Summer and Kong: Skull Island, shares his ideas on what makes a good video game movie. During the discussion, Vogt-Roberts, who recently turned in a script for a Metal Gear Solid film, explains how Super Metroid taught him concepts such as altruism, and offers his pitch for a Metroid movie:

This month, Game Informer is publishing its 300th issue. The magazine created five covers in total to celebrate the milestone, and one of the designs based on none other than Metroid. You can get a look at the beautiful design above.

Tying in with the big issue, Game Informer is choosing the top 300 games of all time. You can bet that Metroid places high up on the list.


After a fairly lengthy hiatus, 2D Metroid was back in the spotlight with Samus Returns. Nintendo and MercurySteam partnered together on the 3DS game, which debuted last September. It wasn’t entirely new, but was a remake of the Game Boy title Metroid 2: Return of Samus.

Samus Returns could be just the start of Metroid’s 2D resurgence. Rumor has it that another entry in the franchise is in development.

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We previously reported the Metroid amiibo 2-pack tying-in with the release of Metroid: Samus Returns was seeing a new run of manufacturing. It appears this run is now available. You can order yours from GameStop here.

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