Nintendo planning future for new 2D and 3D Metroid
posted on 06.12.14 at 08:12 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"We feel that we do need to take care of both of these styles of play."


We might not have heard about a new Metroid at this year’s E3, but Nintendo is having internal discussions about where to go with the series, and wants to “take care of” both the series’ 2D and 3D styles.

“So it has been a while since we released the last one and we’re having discussions internally about what we can do next,” Nintendo SPD group lead Shinya Takahashi told Kotaku. “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.”

The latest games in the Metroid series were Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for Wii in 2007 and the Team Ninja spin-off Metroid: Other M in 2010.

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  • Azuardo

    2D Metroid is all E3 was really missing for me. Been waiting nearly 12 years for an original one :( Happy to hear they’re planning something for both 2D and 3D at last.

  • PrinceHeir

    Yes please!!!

    I hope for two separate games!

    Metroid Prime style FPS and Metroidvania style similar to Azure Strike(with its fast paced gameplay) or Mighty No.9 to a more adventure pace style.

    • OverlordZetta

      Why not, y’know, a Metroid that plays like a Metroid game?

  • Slickyslacker

    Samus has not been forgotten.

    This is euphoric.

  • Six


  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owltron

    Then i’ll wait for that time to become reality. 3D and 2D Metroid is fine with me either way.

  • Chris Cruz

    I always love a new true Metroidvania ;)

  • tokyobassist

    Oh Samus…how much longer must you keep us wait ye ol’ Bounty Hunter?

    That said, I’m glad we got a new Metroid coming. Last thing we need is a new F-Zero and we are in there!

    • MasterSensei

      We can still play as her in Smash Bros. for WiiU and 3DS (I so wish it was called Super Smash Bros. Universe but still..)

  • 罪罰

    Nintendo revives Star Fox and is planning new Metroid.
    Complete global domination

    • tokyobassist

      Not yet. The holy trinity is only complete if there is Star Fox, Metroid and F-Zero. We are close though.

      • 罪罰

        Miyamoto knows, he’s just FINDING HIS WAY.

      • Solomon_Kano

        After they left F-Zero out because they couldn’t find something “fresh” to do with it, but jacked it to “innovate” in MK8, I have no faith we’ll be seeing F-Zero again in the near future.

      • Budgiecat

        and Captain Rainbow

  • SuperLuigi

    Prime is cool but I reallllly want a new 2d one. Zero mission is to this day my favorite metroid and gba game. Speedruns for days.

    • tokyobassist

      Zero Mission is coming out on the Japanese VC next week. I hope to see that and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising at some point myself.

      Prime 1 is incredible. It’s predecessors just didn’t live up to the original so I can see why people just feel like Prime’s gameplay was only good for one game. I think Prime 2 and 3 cemented lame gimmicks in the core gameplay and just made them feel less like the Metroid we know and love.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Not to be that guy, but I think you mean successors.

  • tokyobassist

    I really hope that Nintendo pulls another Metroid Prime/Fusion same day release type thing. That was fucking rad. Two Metroid games on the same day?

    Dude I seriously hope for great things. Nintendo should have the balls to make a proper follow up to Metroid Fusion…yes Metroid V.

  • Solomon_Kano

    It’s about damn time. Been playing some Super Metroid over on my Wii U, since I haven’t bought anything else for it as of yet. Fusion was way too good for them to leave 2D Metroid alone for so long, but at least they’re returning to it now.

  • MrFinalgamer

    New 2D Metroid!? After 10+ years, we’ll FINALLY get Metroid 5??? BELIEVE~

  • TiamatNM

    A new 2D metroid on 3DS would be killer

  • DarkStar

    The only major difference between 2d and 3d is the perspective the player sees the world from. The Prime trilogy (especially Prime 1) isn’t so different from Super Metroid if not for a much simpler level design, something that arguably has to do with the effort required to create mesh-based 3d environments as opposed to tile-based 2d environments.

    Personally, I don’t understand the need of having both 2D and 3D games at the same time. I’ll be happy with whichever comes first, as long as it stays true to the metroidvania formula.

    • MasterSensei

      Why call it the Metroidvania formula when Metroid invented the formula?

      • DarkStar

        Because Konami later worked on Super’s core idea and added other mechanics in many games. Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow are good examples of a different approach to the same base gameplay.

        • MasterSensei

          Oh. I never knew that.

      • ShadowFang

        Oh that’s simple. Because people who make “Metroidvania” games are pulling influence from both Super Metroid & Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

        No one looks at the original design Metroid (and Kid Icarus) brought out and executed badly back in the day. So, when you think about it, it doesn’t matter who invented it.

  • Elvick

    I shall believe it when I sees it.

    They announced Pikmin 3 and look how that went. Took until a new console came out to get it.

    • MasterSensei

      I think the reason for that was because they wanted to do something new with the series. Pikmin 2 is different from Pikmin 1 because it involved 2 players and it was not on a time limit. Pikmin 3 is different from Pikmin 2 because it uses the gamepad (As far as I know. I have not managed to play the game yet even though I really want to but I see that they were talking about the gamepad integration which is why it took so long for a new game)

  • Charlottes Guradian

    If you replaced the word Metroid, with Castlevania in the headline, then this would be a dream come true. T.T

    Still awesome though.

  • Budgiecat

    I think Metroid should be a 2.5 sidescroller, switching to 3rd person arena boss battles and 1st person for scanning and no story written by whoever wrote Other M..

    • LordKaiser

      I disagree with the 3rd person arena boss. Should keep the 2D gameplay all the way.

  • Budgiecat