Future of 2D Metroid May Depend on Samus Returns Sales

In this month’s Game Informer, Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto discussed the possibility of making another 2D Metroid game.

While he wants to, it may come down to how Metroid: Samus Returns sells. He said:

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.

Metroid: Samus Returns is a reimagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus on the Game Boy, and launches for 3DS September 15th.


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  • I was thinking of buying it anyway to diversify (cringe) my collection. It’s literally like almost 90% Pokemon.

  • Shep

    So essentially, “Buy Samus Returns or 2D Metroid is dead (again)”

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Well there goes Metroid.

  • Zack Attack

    What about Kirby? Those games are fun.

  • Guest

    To be fair, it’s kind of stating the obvious. Just depends how realistic their expectations are for sales.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Hope this isn’t a copout excuse to put the series on hiatus again.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Well, obviously. Poor sales doesn’t usually result in more games from that series.

  • Surely no one actually believes a new 2D metroid is being considered …

  • Mechonis

    So like every other game out there?

  • totenglocke

    Just look at Mass Effect Andromeda for proof. 😏

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • Feniks

    Smart move. No matter how shit this game is fanboys have no choice but to buy it.

    Emotional blackmail 101.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    If it does well; they’re just gonna find a way to replace armored Samus with Zero Suit.

  • ProxyDoug

    Here was I hoping Nintendo would learn something with Sonic Mania.

  • Neojames82

    Yeah…because people buying shit tons of PC games that are 2D Metroid clones isn’t a strong indication, is it?!

  • Eighto

    Of course it is. It always is. Fuck Nintendo and fuck this blatant emotional blackmail. They probably can’t even do a proper 2D Metroid anymore anyway, so there’s no point in buying it in the first place.

  • NukeA6

    Yeah, it’s not like well-known first-party titles sell well or anything

  • Nagato
  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Sonic Mania is the antithesis of AM2R/Samus Returns in the saddest way possible.

  • Nagato

    It’s a 30fps sidescroller by the team responsible for the modern classic Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate, led by the guy that gave us Other M and Federation Force.

    There’s no need for that “probably” here.

  • Shattno

    What!? Mirror of Fate was good!

  • orbo

    But you see, those weren’t made my sakamoto.
    Sakamoto is in charge of Samus Returns.
    Mark my words, it will be filled to the seams with sakamoto shit, such as a cutscene showing Samus’s maternal instincts kicking into 11 when the egg hatches and Samus has a ten minute monologue about the difficulties of raising a child and other such crap.

  • OzymandiasAeonis

    30fps? Holy shit.

  • OzymandiasAeonis

    They can’t grasp the idea of making a 2D platformer that doesn’t have terrible 3D or CGI graphics. Mania probably pisses em off for not adhering to their formula like Sonic 4 did.

  • OzymandiasAeonis

    It’s amazing that he managed to maintain that after Other M, Metroid was left for dead after that shitheap so it’s not like Nintendo isn’t aware of his massive fuckload yet they still have him in control of the franchise.

  • panda

    This smells like DmC.

  • I’ve been eyeing Triple Deluxe and Planet Robobot for a while, but they’re never discounted.

  • Lea Pastillaroja

    This is crapcom level of retardation
    like when they decided there was no interest in a new Darkstalkers cus nobody bought the relaunch of an old game everybody alrready had in emulators
    most people who wanted to play Metroid 2 have alrready gone for AM2R and the nintendo 2.5D remake doesn’t look nearly as good as the fan game

  • Fandangle

    Sakamoto is Capcom levels of retarded.

  • Jorge Tavani

    shut down the fan game and now say that? heh they never learn at last i still have AM2R

  • Jorge Tavani

    shut down the fan game and now say that? heh they never learn and at last i still have AM2R

  • Nicholas Bouchard

    Led by the guy who directed super metroid and produced zero mission and fusion. Also he had nothing to do with federation force. That was tanabes game. So far samus returns has been met with critical acclaim by pretty much every journalist and fan who has played a demo of it. Its in good hands.

  • Nicholas Bouchard

    Sakamoto delivered one bad metroid game. He was also responsible for super metroid and produced zero mission and fusion, all fantastic games. He is basically the father of metroid, having involvement in every metroid game except the prime games and metroid 2. He is not retarded, he just needs to rebound from other M, and now he knows what not to do with samus’ character.

  • Nicholas Bouchard

    Youd be surprised. The last 2D metroid we got sold less than a million, thats why it took so long to make another one.

  • Nicholas Bouchard

    If theres demand, then why not? They will consider it if samus returns sells well. Genius business tactic: if people want it, make it.

  • Nicholas Bouchard

    That is entirely your opinion how samus returns stacks up against AM2R in terms of visual appeal. My thoughts: the 3D backgrounds really pop and make the game more immersive, and looks to play really well just like the classics. AM2R was fantastic as homage to metroids past, but does absolutely nothing new. Samus returns is steering the franchise forward.

  • Nicholas Bouchard

    The game so far has no audible voice acting (thank god). I think the story will only be delivered through subtext, just like the small cutscenes when samus finds a new evolved metroid.

  • OzymandiasAeonis

    Not at 30fps it’s not! Everything about your post reads like PR or someone that takes PR as gospel and parrots it out.

  • OzymandiasAeonis

    Fusion isn’t much to talk about, it was fun at the time to have a new 2D Metroid after so long but doesn’t hold up when you look back at how it neuters the Metroid formula which would be further expanded on in Other M, Zero Mission simply does what Super Metroid already did. He’s not really the father of it and he certainly isn’t the one keeping that style of game alive today.

  • Nicholas Bouchard

    Ummmm no. Im just a guy who used to play metroid 2 when I was only 5 years old, and finally beat it by 12 years old. Im simply excited that nintendo and mercury steam are doing new things with the remake rather than revisit the pixel art style metroid that weve played time and time again. You couldnt have 360 degree aiming in a pixelated game, and the environments make SR388 feel more lived in as opposed to 2D backgrounds. Plus most of those who have played a demo didnt want to turn the 3D off. Cant say that about most 3Ds games…

  • Nicholas Bouchard

    The only other founding father of metroid would be gunpei yokoi, who has been dead since 1997, so i think sakamoto has taken his position as 2D metroids daddy. Fusion was more linear, i agree. But it still incorporated exploration elements where you had to find alternative routes to the target, and samus was apprehensive about taking orders but rightfully felt obligated to do so since she was saved by a federation scientist and given a new suit and ship, unlike other M where she was entirely submissive to adam for no good reason. There was more exposition in fusion but they got her character right. They didnt neuter the formula, they just made a different game than your typical metroid game and i think thats fine.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever
  • Zack Attack

    Triple deluxe is a Nintendo select now at $20. Planet Robobot not so much =/

  • NukeA6

    Metroid Zero Mission sold poorly? Then how is Zero Suit Samus such a big deal? It can’t be just Smash Bros.

  • Nagato

    You’re only as good as your last work, and Sakamoto hasn’t been involved with anything worth a damn for at least 13 years now. He certainly hasn’t shown he gets what the series was about.

    And I don’t care much for the opinion of casual journos and fanboys who’ll approve of everything anyway.

  • chaoguy

    There’s always AM2R.

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  • Pilebunker

    The continuation of a series depending on sales of the lastest entry is a given that doesn’t need to be said. Coming out and saying something like this makes it sound like a threat. And honestly, I don’t care if I get a new Metroid if it has a chance of being mediocre.

  • Ace

    Yep. Just look at Kingdom Hearts series and the newest FF games

  • Slizzl

    Buy our crappy looking game or else!

  • Fandangle

    Super Metroid also had the original Metroid creator working on it under a team directly managed by Gunpai Yokoi. I’m pretty sure Sakamoto is just a hack that got attached to it. Fusion and Zero Mission were also helped out by the original metroid team. Other M is his first game solo with the series and we all know how that went. His other credits are almost all trash or are projects done with other, more talented people.

  • abobobmus

    Sakamoto also directed Super, Fusion, and Zero Mission, and he’s not even in directly involved with development on Samus Returns, he’s just overseeing the production.

    Not saying it will be good, but acting like it’ll be Other M 2 is retarded.

  • sAy_YaS

    This is funny because Metroid started out as a 2D game now its like theyre doing everyone a favor.

  • Mr0303

    Can’t be that bad.

  • Mr0303

    Crapcom lied about that. Resurrection stayed a couple of weeks at the number 1 spot on PSN and they still chose to ignore those sales.