Metroid: Other M 2? Team Ninja would certainly like to make it happen. Dead or Alive 5 director Yosuke Hayashi said at Gamescom this week that he’d love to return to the series.
“Unfortunately Metroid is kind of out of our league as it’s Nintendo’s game,” Hayashi told VG247, “But we’re still in close touch with co-creator Sakamoto-san, so we want to do something with him moving forward definitely. It really depends on what he wants to do with the game first.”
Metroid: Other M looked like everything fans of the science fiction adventure series ever wanted. Exploration, an expansion of Samus Aran’s pirate-infested universe, and a clever mixture of third-person and first-person perspectives, all in a package meant to flesh out the series’ skeletal story. Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion director Yoshio Sakamoto would be at the helm, working with Team Ninja, experts at fast-paced 3D action.
So what if Team Ninja has a history of making some of the most misogynistic games in history? Surely Nintendo won’t allow “breast physics” into its games.
Samus may not have been playing beach volleyball in Other M, but the strong, silent bounty hunter was turned into an indecisive coward beholden to a cast of men in Team Ninja’s Metroid. It wasn’t a bad game though, just a terribly told story.
If Nintendo is going to return to Metroid, it might be better to revisit its two-dimensional roots.