How does one compete with the ultimate superhero video game ever? Well, the general consensus looks to be to drown the damn thing with so many titles coming from almost every genre under the sun, it’ll make your head spin. Thankfully, I have a neck brace handy.
I’m beginning to notice a really weird trend. Every other week, game of the year contenders gets released while the weeks in between get either almost nothing of any worth or fairly niche titles. Looks like this week falls sort of in the latter.
Not only is it Zelda’s 25th anniversary, but did you know it’s also Metroid’s 25th as well? Why no E3 announcement about that little milestone, Nintendo? Usually on anniversaries I write a tribute article chronicling the history of a series, but I already did one for Metroid two years ago.
The dramatic final battle of that SNES masterpiece, Super Metroid, remains seared in my memory as one of the most emotional climaxes in video game history, all without a single word of dialogue spoken. As a fan service, the opening cinematic of Metroid: Other M faithfully recreates in full CG glory that confrontation with Mother Brain and the “Baby” Metroid’s sacrifice to save the series’ heroine, Samus Aran. This time there is a bit of dialogue. I think there is something to be said for certain things are better left to the imagination.
In about two weeks the game I’ve been most excited about since E3 2009 will be here: Metroid: Other M. A collaboration between Nintendo and Team Ninja, Metroid: Other M blends third person action and exploration with a detailed first person perspective. All it takes is simple switch of the Wii Remote from sideways to pointing and vice versa to change the views.
Bad news Conduit and Tournament of Legends fans. High Voltage has been hit with a series of layoffs. According to Joystiq’s trusted source (via 1UP), somewhere between 20 and 30 people has been laid off, and the worst has yet to come. This source also states that the final number could end up being “a lot more.”
Nintendo today announced their first quarter financials and things didn’t look so good for the Big N. On the plus side they did announce a number of release dates for hotly anticipated hardware and software in their second quarter forecast.
For eight long years, it was torture. After the finely crafted masterpiece that was Super Metroid, I and many other fans of the series waited, expecting to see Samus’ return on the N64. Other than a teasing appearance as a playable character in Super Smash Bros, the N64 was devoid of the armored bounty hunter and a her new adventures, and we felt cheated. I mean, there were already two Zelda games, but no new Metroid?
Acclaimed first person adventures Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes make the leap from the Gamecube to the Wii to join Metroid Prime 3: Corruption in one Samus- filled package with the Metroid Prime Trilogy. That’s an unprecedented amount of times “Metroid” is mentioned in one sentence.