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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  1. Ebicentre
    August 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm

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

  2. Shep
    August 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm

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

  3. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Well there goes Metroid.

  4. Zack Attack
    Zack Attack
    August 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    What about Kirby? Those games are fun.

  5. Guest
    August 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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

  6. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    August 21, 2017 at 12:47 pm

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

  7. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    August 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm

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

  8. kunuri
    August 21, 2017 at 12:59 pm

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

  9. Mechonis
    August 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    So like every other game out there?

  10. totenglocke
    August 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Just look at Mass Effect Andromeda for proof. ?

  11. Feniks
    August 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm

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

    Emotional blackmail 101.

  12. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm

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

  13. ProxyDoug
    August 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm

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

  14. Neojames82
    August 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

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

  15. Eighto
    August 21, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    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.

  16. NukeA6
    August 21, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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

  17. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    August 21, 2017 at 4:43 pm

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

  18. Nagato
    August 21, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    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.

  19. Shattno
    August 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    What!? Mirror of Fate was good!

  20. orbo
    August 21, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    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.

  21. OzymandiasAeonis
    August 21, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    30fps? Holy shit.

  22. OzymandiasAeonis
    August 21, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    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.

  23. OzymandiasAeonis
    August 21, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    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.

  24. panda
    August 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    This smells like DmC.

  25. Ebicentre
    August 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

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

  26. Lea Pastillaroja
    Lea Pastillaroja
    August 21, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    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

  27. Fandangle
    August 21, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Sakamoto is Capcom levels of retarded.

  28. Jorge Tavani
    Jorge Tavani
    August 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

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

  29. Jorge Tavani
    Jorge Tavani
    August 21, 2017 at 10:41 pm

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

  30. Nicholas Bouchard
    Nicholas Bouchard
    August 22, 2017 at 1:16 am

    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.

  31. Nicholas Bouchard
    Nicholas Bouchard
    August 22, 2017 at 1:23 am

    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.

  32. Nicholas Bouchard
    Nicholas Bouchard
    August 22, 2017 at 1:25 am

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

  33. Nicholas Bouchard
    Nicholas Bouchard
    August 22, 2017 at 1:27 am

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

  34. Nicholas Bouchard
    Nicholas Bouchard
    August 22, 2017 at 1:32 am

    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.

  35. Nicholas Bouchard
    Nicholas Bouchard
    August 22, 2017 at 1:39 am

    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.

  36. OzymandiasAeonis
    August 22, 2017 at 2:39 am

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

  37. OzymandiasAeonis
    August 22, 2017 at 2:50 am

    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.

  38. Nicholas Bouchard
    Nicholas Bouchard
    August 22, 2017 at 3:04 am

    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…

  39. Nicholas Bouchard
    Nicholas Bouchard
    August 22, 2017 at 3:19 am

    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.

  40. Zack Attack
    Zack Attack
    August 22, 2017 at 8:45 am

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

  41. NukeA6
    August 22, 2017 at 9:16 am

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

  42. Nagato
    August 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

    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.

  43. chaoguy
    August 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    There’s always AM2R.

  44. Pilebunker
    August 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm


  45. Pilebunker
    August 22, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    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.

  46. Ace
    August 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm

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

  47. Slizzl
    August 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Buy our crappy looking game or else!

  48. Fandangle
    August 22, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    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.

  49. abobobmus
    August 23, 2017 at 5:37 am

    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.

  50. sAy_YaS
    August 23, 2017 at 11:38 am

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

  51. Mr0303
    August 26, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Can’t be that bad.

  52. Mr0303
    August 26, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    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.