Another year at E3 has rolled by and Nintendo had a pretty strong showing at this year’s expo. But how did the Metroid faithful come out of the expo? Well, initially you could say they came out of it empty-handed. It’s been five years since the reveal of Metroid: Other M and Nintendo hasn’t whispered anything about the series since.
Nintendo then lit up a spark of hope for all the fans out there. In an interview with Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo, the developers said that they’re looking to satisfy the fans of both the 2D style and Prime style Metroid games in the near future. This is even more glorious for those fans of the 2D games, since it’s been ten years since the last one.
This interview consisted of Shigeru Miyamoto, the head of Nintendo’s EAD development group, and Shinya Takahashi, who is the leader of Nintendo’s SPD group that supervises the Metroid series amidst other projects and games.
Here’s a bit of the discussion:
Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo: So it has been a while since we released the last one and we’re having discussions internally about what we can do next. So at this point we have two different types of Metroid games. We have the Prime style of Metroid game and we have the more traditional style of Metroid game. We feel that we do need to take care of both of these styles of play. And the hope is that at some point in the near future we’ll be able to share something about them.
Bill Trinen, Nintendo — who had been translating for our interview: Mr. Miyamoto was prompting him to say, ‘Which of these two styles do you like best?’
Totilo: It’s been so long that I miss both of them. They’re both great, but it’s been a long time. The [2D] Metroid people don’t really much anymore. The only one like that recently was a Batman game made for the 3DS and the Vita that was created by some guys who used to be at Retro. So I miss that style of game. As for Metroid Prime, nobody at all makes anything like that. So in other words, if you don’t do it, no one will.
Miyamoto: This falls into your question before of remaking the same franchises.
Totilo: I’ll get back to that in a second, but which of the two styles do you guys like better? The 2D or Metroid Prime?
Takahashi: I like them both. They both have a different style of appeal.
Miyamoto: I have the New Super Mario Bros. series [for 2D], so I like Prime. I think there’s still a lot of new things that could be done with the Prime series.
There’s still a bright future for the Metroid series, with Nintendo looking to release both a 2D and Prime style games. Hopefully this was enough to satisfy the questions from the hungry Metroid fans out there about their beloved series.