Metroid: Other M


FeatureReturning to Metroid

Co-creator Sakamoto on Samus Returns, Prime 4, amiibo and more.

VideoDOA Dimensions has Metroid stage

Team Ninja pays tribute to Other M.

Metroid: Other M

Morph or your money.

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FeatureReturning to Metroid

Co-creator Sakamoto on Samus Returns, Prime 4, amiibo and more.

Yoshio Sakamoto worked at Nintendo before he co-created Metroid, but it was his sci-fi series - one that that spawned a whole genre - which made him famous.

FeatureMetroid Prime remains one of Nintendo's finest games

Why Retro Studios' masterpiece is as essential now as it was in 2002.

Metroid has always been a mesh of different DNA: a little of Zelda's exploration mixed in with the acrobatics of Mario and then tied together with some good old fashioned plasma ballistics. Even taking into account that heritage, there was nothing quite like Metroid Prime when it launched in 2002. Coming up to 13 years later, and despite a couple of high quality sequels and almost a decade of increasingly fevered begging from fans, there's been nothing like it ever since.

Nintendo offers to fix Metroid saves

If you're trapped by game-breaking door.

Nintendo has offered to fix the save files of anyone trapped by a door in Metroid: Other M that snaps down and prevents further progress in the game.

Super Metroid 64 nearly happened

Mystery third-party dev turned it down.

A 3D Metroid game for the N64 very nearly got off the ground, according to Metroid co-creator and Nintendo veteran Yoshio Sakamoto.

Metroid: Other M

Metroid: Other M

Morph or your money.

For the first 20 minutes, Metroid: Other M does a decent job of confirming your worst suspicions about just what Team Ninja might do to if it ever got its hands on Samus Aran.

With the start screen out of the way, the game immediately descends into a pretty and pretty vapid fug of cinematics, back-story and bizarrely delivered dialogue, while the roving cut-scene director never misses an opportunity to perv over the famous bounty hunter's jumpsuited body. By the time training is completed and a rather mopey Samus dons her armour and answers a distress call that takes her to an abandoned space ship, the more melodramatically inclined could be forgiven for deciding that the series' new caretakers have set out to systematically dismantle everything that ever made Metroid wonderful in the first place.

For a few minutes more, the disappointments continue to pile up. Oh dear, the space station isn't abandoned at all, but is instead filled with a squad of jerky NPC soldiers. Oh dear, one of the jerky NPC soldiers is Samus' old boyfriend. (Boyfriend? Seriously? Did they watch Kirsten Dunst movies together? Did their lips ever meet over a single strand of spaghetti?) Oh dear, another one of them looks like David Beckham. All that's left is for the team behind all those Beach Volleyball games to wedge the camera right inside Samus' unmentionables, and we can all go home and smother ourselves with our fan-made Ridley pillows.

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New Metroid made Sakamoto cry

Iwata asks the dev team all about it.

The next instalment in the Metroid series is so emotionally charged it brought one of the game's creators to tears.

New Metroid to challenge expectations

Story focus, old things done differently.

Metroid: Other M designers Yoshio Sakamoto and Yosuke Hayashi have spoken to Eurogamer about their desire to leave their own mark on the famous series, which they hope to do by approaching familiar elements in new ways and investing in the character and story of protagonist Samus Aran.

FeatureReinventing Metroid

Nintendo's Yoshio Sakamoto and Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi.

For years, Yoshio Sakamoto has been the darker, edgier twin to Shigeru Miyamoto - a designer who revels in anarchy, with the WarioWare series, and frightening isolation, with Metroid. As Samus Aran is due for a fresh makeover later this year in the shape of Metroid: Other M, we sat down with both Sakamoto and Yosuke Hayashi, the producer for the game's co-developer Team Ninja, to discuss everything from the challenges of working with too many buttons, to what the Nintendo 3DS looks like from the perspective of somebody who designed games for the company's previous 3D effort, the Virtual Boy.

Metroid: Other M

Samus usual?

Five minutes into Metroid: Other M, Samus Aran already has a new skill. She's talking, and as is often the case when introducing a new mechanic, Team Ninja - the series' latest custodian - has gone a little bit overboard with it.