Metroid Would Benefit From Wii U Controller Says Nintendo’s Miyamoto

By Ishaan . July 6, 2012 . 5:23pm

What two Nintendo series does Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto want to see on the Wii U? Metroid and StarFox, according to an IGN interview.


“With Metroid it’s very easy to imagine some interesting implementation for Wii U,” Miyamoto said to IGN. “I think that having another screen with the gyro built in really gives you a lot of interesting opportunities for development, and we can bring a lot of our games to life in a completely unique way with that.”


While Metroid is a series that Miyamoto thinks would benefit from the Wii U controller from an objective standpoint, the one he’d like to see most on the system personally is StarFox. However, he didn’t share any thoughts regarding what a potential StarFox game on Wii U would be like.

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  • Davide Costa

    I’m glad to listen about such possibilities, but they have to remember this:


    • I feel like this is a little unfair. While I won’t deny that Sakamoto was indeed the root of many of Other M’s problems, I feel like he’s probably likely to have learnt a thing or two from the reaction to the game, about what Metroid fans want and how they perceive the series/Samus.

      I’m more than willing to give Sakamoto another chance, provided he takes a good long look at the feedback from Other M and interprets it correctly.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        “…I feel like he’s probably likely to have learnt a thing or two from the reaction to the game, about what Metroid fans want and how they perceive the series/Samus.”

        Considering how Sakamoto was trying to pass Other M off as a sequel to Super Metroid, I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t share your optimism.

        That said, I do agree with Miyamoto that Metroid would be perfect for the Wii U, regardless if its a 2D one or a Prime one.

        • Well, that’s the problem, isn’t it? Metroid needs to be freed from Super Metroid’s shackles, just like Zelda needs to stop looking to Ocarina of Time.

          I do feel Sakamoto tried hard with Other M to make a next-generation version of Super Metroid (which is great in a sense), but that he also wanted to make it “different” and so, he took a lot more influence from Fusion, which probably wasn’t a very good idea.

          Over and above that, though, the problem is that his mind was clearly focused on Samus’ characterization and the choreography of the cutscenes/gameplay, rather than things like stage design. (Again, Fusion over Super) He even got an entirely different composer to work on the music, which was Other M’s weakest aspect.

          I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, if only because, I’m fairly certain he’s seen by now just how much Metroid Prime is revered and how inferior his last attempt at making the next great Metroid game turned out in comparison. A little humility can do wonders!

          (Plus, I’m sure Iwata’s watching him like a hawk after Other M.)

      • Spirit Macardi

        I think the only big problem with Other M is that it heavily relies on the Metroid manga for characterization and references, and the manga never saw a US release. Hence a lot of overseas fans were understandably confused/upset by what they saw as complete character reversals and out of nowhere events.

        • Levin_Scorpius

           Except the manga isn’t canon…? And even then the Manga actually deals with Samus’s characterization a whole lot better than Other M’s misogynistic fanfic levels of terrible.

          People were upset because Other M was pretty much written by a terrible fanfic writer, who completely ignored previously established characterization in order to fufill his own sexist power fantasy resulting in him ticking off the entire (or at least the not horrible parts of the) fan-base.

          • Spirit Macardi

            No, actually the manga IS canon. In fact, two of the characters from it (Old Bird and Grey Voice) appeared in one of Samus’ flashbacks in Metroid Zero Mission which came out afterwards. Not to mention Adam’s appearance in Other M is nearly identical to his design in the manga.

            I’ve seen people try to claim that Other M goes against characterization and is misogynistic before, but frankly I just don’t see it. I really don’t feel like arguing about it though, since it’s been a fruitless effort in the past.

            If you don’t like the game, fine. However, I loved it.

          • Levin_Scorpius

             It’s not officially considered canon, though. None of the manga is sanctioned as canon by Nintendo itself. Also note that just because Old Bird, Grey Voice, and Adam first physically appeared in it, doesn’t mean that Nintendo hadn’t already plotted at least part of Samus’s background and the characters involved in it (considering both the manga and Fusion came out the same year) and the people who made the manga weren’t given a handful of ideas and concepts and were told to make a story just from that (the most likely reality).

            Also making a manga an canon piece of a series that is much more popular overseas is a really stupid move.

            Please note that the manga’s story contradicts a number of things anyway which so if anything it makes the overall narrative even worse if it was canon, Other M becoming even more terrible because the whole Ridley freak out thing already happened and Samus gets over it without being an overdramatic robot about it.

            How do you not see any of the glaringly obvious issues with Other M’s writing? ANY of them at all? Between THE BABY THE BABY THE BABY, Samus being written with stereotypical sexist/misogynist ideas of what women are (Samus being depicted as being smaller than the guys despite the fact that she’s loving 6 feet tall (Anthony is the biggest offender), Samus being weaker then the men in a sense and has to rely on them for anything to happen, being submissive to a guy, the whole motherhood deal), that infamous scene with scene with Ridley having issues that are completely coming out of nowhere/or are completely misplaced, Samus revering Adam as some super awesome dude like she’s an abuse victim and Adam being a huge jerk in regards to how he acts towards Samus, the horrible monologues of Samus, most Adam’s squad having absolutely no personality or purpose, gameplay!Samus and cutscene!Samus being completely different people, Samus’s unclear motivation for leaving the Federation? You seriously were unable to see any of that? Considering that in all other Metroid games Samus acts pretty much nothing like she does in Other M’s cutscenes, and your saying that you have not seen the horrible fanfic quality writing that makes up Other M’s enitre story?

          • Spirit Macardi

            (this is in reply to the post below)

            I don’t understand… Are you trying to get me to apologize for liking something that you don’t?

            And I have no clue where you’ve gotten your information from, since the manga WAS sanctioned by Nintendo, and the first part of it was even redone in digital form on their Japanese site. Furthermore, nothing in it contradicts what’s been established in other games, save for arguably the very end where it goes over the first part of Zero Mission. In many cases it fills in holes in the overall canon, like how Ridley is able to come back constantly, why Space Pirate command shifts between games, what Mother Brain is, and tons of other mysteries.

            Now, there was a completely different manga that followed Samus and some random kid. That one was non-canon, and possibly is the one you’re thinking of.

            And yes, I’ve heard ALL those arguments before, but I still don’t find any merit to them. Like I said above though, I’m not going to argue about the game since it’d be a waste of time. I enjoyed the game, and you’re not going to convince me otherwise.

      • Levin_Scorpius

        (edit: this was a terrible post)

  • Spirit Macardi

    I think it’d be awesome to be able to hold the tablet up to the TV to activate the various visor modes. Or heck, even just having a mini-map on display at all times. I’m certainly all for a new Metroid game since I love the whole series (even Other M), though I hope they’ll finally follow-up on the story from Fusion rather than making another prequel or interquel.

  • Herok♞

    My Body is ready for wiiu metroid.

  • SirRichard

    Quick access to different visors, weapons and even different parts of Samus’ suit (the little schematic screen from Super and the GBA Metroids, think those) would be a neat little feature, or you could scan an enemy and keep the log and important details such as weak points open on the screen for quick reference. Could be pretty cool!

    Just…for the love of Christ, restrain Sakamoto, remind him that he isn’t Kojima, just keep that nut in check.

    • Ben Sylvia

       Where you could quickly switch between different beam weapons without pausing similar to Super Metroid?

      Because that would be awesome.

      Also in a sidescrolling Metroid, the second screen could be used as a sort of scan visor, tap enemies for health, info, etc.  scan for destructable sections of the environment.  It really could open up new possibilities.

  • A new 2D Metroid would be good.

  • metroid 5
    2d view on the tv
    1st person view on the pad, maybe?

  • AuraGuyChris

    Star Fox needs to redeem itself more than Metroid.

    I need to stop thinking Fox is sexist due to Command…

    • Christopher Nunes

      Didn’t he kept Krystal away from fighting or getting close to him because he was worried about her? How do people think that’s sexist?

      People today over think things WAY too much.

      Then again I’ve ever played StarFox Command yet. Just StarFox 64, StarFox Adventures, and StarFox Assault. 

      • AuraGuyChris

        Of course, it could’ve worked if it wasn’t for the fact that Krystal kicks as much butt as Fox does. I mean, she’s surely pretty athletic, and her mind powers are a nice addition.

        BTW, as far as life-changing decisions go, Fox is pretty poor at them. Refusing to join the Cornerian army put them all into hobo territory. Keeping Krystal away put him into bachelor territory as well.

        • Göran Isacson

          What this guy said. Keeping Crystal away from the battlefield when she is damn competent and just as good as him smells like “Woman stay in the kitchen” syndrome to me at worst, and just plain disrespectful at best.

        • Christopher Nunes

          Ah, I see.

          Then the writers were to blame to write off Fox like that with Krystal… I mean in StarFox Adventures he was amazed by how Krystal fought and didn’t interfere with her fighting.

          Joining the Cornerian Army, that’s from StarFox 64 right? I don’t blame them as much, they’re Mercenaries after all and patrol different parts of the galaxy that the Cornerian Army doesn’t really explore as much and in a way they can help more if the Cornerian Army needs them.

          Heck, in Assault they still help the Cornerian Army. They may not have joined them, but they will always lend a helping hand when they need it. To me Fox is as free as the air but he’s always willing to help his friends out when they need it… Command sounds like that really discard that part of his personality that made him cool and respectable.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    You know what a 2D Metroid would benefit from? The 3DS! Make it happen Nintendo! Or at least give us Super Metroid on a handheld. 

  • ArtIristic

    Oh yes, oh yes. I bought Metroid Prime Trilogy, and I can surely say it was one of my favorite game experiences. A Metroid on WiiU (without samus talking) will be great. I don’t care if its third person or first person, as long as I can experience the feeling of traversing an alien planet, and blasting my enemies with Super Missiles all over again.

    A Starfox game is great, even if Metroid doesn’t happen but I still hope for the latter to be realised. 

  • aoihana

    Metroid on the Wii U would definitely be very interesting given the control scheme. I think a game like Metroid Other M would play very well on the Wii U. 

    You can play the game regularly with that 2.5D look, then switch over to the controller’s screen with a visor display when you launch missiles and attack in certain instances. 

    For Metroid Prime, it would work the same way, but when you’re not attacking, maybe there could be an additional display, like a map or review your inventory. A gyroscopic scanning feature like in Resident Evil Revelations. would be really neat, too! (◕‿◕✿)

  • Scan scan scan scan morph ball.

    But in all honesty, I am excited to see what they do with the series.  I hope it goes through some more major changes, and they don’t go the easy route and make it the prime formula with an HD coat of paint.  

  • kylehyde

    I just have to say, less imagination and more development.

  • SLick123456789111

    StarFox , I can see being one of the best online experiences on WiiU.

    & as long as Metroid WiiU returns to being a sidescroller it should do fine.

    Atleast he mentioned the 2.
    Now maybe Nintendo can put some serious thought into producing them.

  • AlteisenX

    Just don’t outsource one of your better series with a good track record and I might be interested, Nintendo. I better not see Other M on the Wii-U, either. It doesn’t exist as far as I’m concerned. Just give me some good ol’ Metroid Prime or a 2D[or 2.5D] on either the Wii-U and/or 3DS and we might be good again. I could see some dynamic angles in a 3DS 2.5D title, similar to the Prinny games.

    Metroid fan #1663013.

    • Göran Isacson

      … But Metroid Prime was an outsourced series, wasn’t it? Or do Retro Studios count as a Nintendo in-house developer now?

      • Solomon_Kano

        If they are now, they certainly weren’t at the time of Prime’s creation. At that point they were a second-party dev.

  • Solomon_Kano

    My two favorite Nintendo franchises are on Miyamoto’s mind (sorry, Kirby)? Let’s hope this goes somewhere.

    Star Fox, I think, could benefit a lot from the Wii U finally being a Nintendo system with a competent online component. The advances that the series would be capable of on the Wii U’s hardware definitely have me interested to see what kinda of online component they’d work into it. Large scale Arwing battles would be nice…

    Metroid now… I’ve wanted a new 2D Metroid for a while (Fusion is my favorite Metroid game, after all), but I wouldn’t be mad if we saw another in Prime’s style. The Wii U’s controller would lend itself more to that style, I think. Beyond that, seeing how nice that Zelda tech demo looked, a new Metroid would simply be stunning to look at.

  • RaikageV

    Something like Other M (I liked that much) or the Prime games.
    Actually, scanning stuff with the WiiU Gamepad is all I want.

    And Starfox… I want an open world Starfox with several planets (so that you can just get in your Arwing, fly into space and land on another planet), (online)multiplayer and a good story.

  • Pipiskin99

    metroid would benefit from a standart snes-like controller..
    becuase i want my 2d metroid back :C

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Well, Wii U controller does indeed in my opinion should be able to provide different kind of experience here.^^

    2D experience in the pad? And 3D in the television? It is going to be fun to play there.^^

  • Visa Vang

    You know what a good game would be for the WiiU? Trace Memory. We haven’t seen that game in years since the first DS. And Fatal Frame will rock on the WiiU!!

    • Göran Isacson

      Liking this because goshdarnit, I thought I was the only one who played and loved Trace Memory ;_; !

  • Would love to find out that Retro are working on a new Metroid Prime, though MP 2 and 3 never quite lived up to the greatness of the original.

  • EvilAkito

    I pay so little attention to video games nowadays that I have pretty much no interest in the Wii U. I will say though, if we get a new Metroid and new Star Fox, I’d most definitely buy one. But then I’d probably just end up being disappointed with both games :(

  • ResidentMetroid

    A Metroid game would make the Wii U an instant purchase for me.

  • isfuturebright

    “he didn’t share any thoughts regarding what a potential StarFoxgame on Wii U would be like” which means there’s one on the works and he doesn’t want to spoil any features! right? RIGHT!?

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