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Legendary Nintendo developer Yoshio Sakamoto has a long history of working on the side-scrolling incarnations of the Metroid series, so when we sat down to talk with him at this year’s E3, we couldn’t help but ask if he thinks the series will ever return to its roots.Here’s what Mr. Sakamoto told us regarding the potential of a new 2D Metroid title:“I certainly do get asked that question a lot. During the Prime series, people always asked me when are you going to make a 2D Metroid. So we realized there was a lot of demand there, and that’s actually what drove the initial process to work on this project. I realize that there’s a lot of influence over a control scheme in the way that you feel about a game: When it’s in 2D, it feels more direct in terms of moving exactly where you want. There’s a certain dynamism with the screen in that regard, so the player has an exact understanding of their location and orientation of their movement. We wanted to bring both elements of the immersion of 3D and that kind of connection to your location on screen that you get from a 2D game.“So for all of these people saying that they really want a 2D Metroid, what I’d really like to say to them is I think this is your game. I’d like to see these people play it, and if they still want a purely 2D Metroid game after they’ve had this experience, then they should certainly let me know, then we’ll have to think about what to do next.”Will Metroid: Other M satisfy old school fans of the series? It’s too early to tell, but check out our hands-on preview to see what we think of it so far.
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other m looks sweet (i cant wait to play it) but its still NOT a 2d game.
I want a new 2D Metroid for the DS or even the 3DS that takes place post-Fusion. I'd love to see the game begin with Samus and her strongest suit from Fusion and have her get upgrades beyond that. That would be a badass Metroid game.
All I want is for Other M to include analog stick control. And for the game to come out already.
I doubt that they could make a better 2D game than Super Metroid, but I guess you gotta give the fans what they want. I'll be waiting for Retro Studios to release Metroid Prime Returns in 2017.
really afraid that Team Ninja will screw this up, but here's hoping. This has the potential to be that one Metroid title we act like it never existed because it blew so bad
I like the old 2-D version of Metroid then the Prime series, glad they are bringing it back. And hopefully with enough praise and sales they will do like a sequel to Super Metroid or something.
I have a hard time understanding how 2D this is going to be. I know it won't be as 3D as the Prime trilogy, but it sounds like this game gets caught somewhere in between. Very interesting and definitely looking to pick this up in 2 months!
Well, Andy, will probably be the litmus test there at GI. I'm sure he'll be getting to review this then?
I know that it wouldn't be easy to come up with, but sometime I would like to see Samus with a completely different arsenal of abilities, whether they replace or be added on to what she has now. As Warbuff noted, now it is pretty common for Samus to simply lose her abilities in some way and spend most of the game getting them back. Other than new beams (which are in many cases similar to old ones, like how Dark from MP2 was like the ice from MP1, Light=Plasma), there haven't been many new mechanics other than the additions to the Grapple set from Metroid Prime 3. I'm wondering about how Samus' abilities in Other M will work, especially with the switch-to-first-person mechanic.
other m is gonna be a good game
Cannot wait for this game.
thank god sakamoto has heard our plea but pleas let it be a true 2d game
I'm probably going to buy this game, based on the fact that I'm a Metroid Prime fan
I sometimes wish that I had an SNES so that I could experience Super Metroid...I have never really played any of the Metroid games. Other M is seeming to be a cross between 2D and 3D.
I've never played the 2D installments in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the Metroid Prime Series, and I'm looking forward to playing this one.
This game looks to have potential, I hope it can pull it off.
Gameinformer said the transition to first-person and third was really bad. I wonder how the game is going to do.
I don't know about this game, I like the Prime series and the sidescrollers, but something about this one just doesn't seem right. Maybe I'm just paranoid.
All problems would go away if they simply rendered the characters and backdrops in 3d, and have the game set in a 2D format. Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles (even though it's a remake of a 2D game) was a great transition to 3D in my opinion. Same with Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X for PSP.
That's all they would have to do to satisfy the hardcore fans and give a fresh look to it.
Castlevania adopted Metroid style gameplay and look at all the big hitters for the GBA and DS. I loved Metroid Fusion and Super Metroid for SNES - don't fix something that's not broken is what I'm trying to say. The Prime series simply flipped the POV to First person....
I'm seriously hoping this doesn't end up like Mega Man X7 :/