More Details About Two New Metroid Titles

A Power Bomb was dropped by Nintendo yesterday when they unveiled not one but two upcoming Metroid titles. If anything, this shows that Nintendo is doing a lot more to listen to fans, especially since they made sure to make everyone happy by announcing both a 3D or 2D title. Although 3D Metroid fans have waited a long time for the next entry in the Prime series, those who love the 2D games have waited even longer.

Fortunately, we’ll soon be able to play Metroid Prime 4 on our Nintendo Switch as well as Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS. Since the announcements, Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto and Nintendo’s Bill Trinen have offered more details on both titles. Sakamoto, who is serving as producer for the Metroid II remake, has played big and small roles in every Metroid title to date.

Below we have a list of new information and interesting facts about both anticipated games:

Metroid Prime 4

  • MP4 is not being developed by Retro Studios, the team behind the original Prime trilogy. Instead, a “talented new development team” led by Metroid Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe is creating the Switch title.
  • Although both games are in the works at the same time, there are currently no plans for Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid: Samus Returns to link or connect in any way.
  • Metroid Prime 4 will definitely not release in 2017.
  • The two new Samus and Metroid amiibo figures that will release alongside Metroid: Samus Returns will probably also work with Metroid Prime 4.

Metroid: Samus Returns

  • Samus Returns is a complete remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, a 2D Metroid title that released on the original Game Boy back in 1991.
  • There are no ties between Samus Returns and Metroid Dread, a 2D Metroid that was in development for the Nintendo DS before being cancelled. Metroid Dread was going to be a completely original title and not a remake.
  • Like Zero Mission, Samus Returns will have additional layers of back story. Players will be able to find information that revolves around the larger storyline and background of the game’s events.
  • Samus Returns is being developed by Spanish game studio MercurySteam, known for their Castlevania: Lords of Shadow titles. Yoshio Sakamoto is overseeing the game’s production.
  • It has been 13 years since Nintendo has released a 2D Metroid game. The last one was Zero Mission, which launched for Game Boy Advance in 2004.

Samus fans can pick up Metroid II: Return of Samus when it releases September 2017 for Nintendo 3DS. The wait for Metroid Prime 4 will be longer, but at least we now know it’s coming.

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