Metroid: Samus Returns Sales Will Determine 2D Metroid Future


With Metroid: Samus Returns nearing launch, series producer Yoshio Sakamoto has spoken about how the Nintendo 3DS exclusive has given him the chance to rediscover his passion for 2D Metroid games. So much in fact, that he would already like to make another.

After a mixed reaction to Metroid: Other M and a tepid response to Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Nintendo has somewhat understandably lost confidence in whether there is enough consumer demand for their intergalactic bounty hunter.

That means that whether Sakamoto is allowed to make another 2D Metroid game is entirely in your hands, and, specifically, whether you choose to buy Metroid: Samus Returns next month.

“The player who has played the original version and then this new version – I think they will be able to sense and feel the passion I put into this version,” Sakamoto enthused to Game Informer in their September issue.

“Through the development of Metroid: Samus Returns, I was able to really grasp the possibility and fun of a 2D Metroid. Like when I finished the first game, if there is another opportunity to make another Metroid, that is something that I would love to do. Of course, that really depends on how much people really want to buy a 2D Metroid.”

We know that Sakamoto is not involved with Nintendo Switch exclusive Metroid Prime 4, with producer Kensuke Tanabe leading the project with “a talented new development team.”

Metroid: Samus Returns will release exclusively for Nintendo 3DS worldwide on September 15th.

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