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It is coming: the next epoch in the Metroid franchise. First there were side-scrollers, then there were first-person adventures, and now there is:

 

The game was announced to great fanfare at E3 2009, with the following trailer:

 

Developed by Nintendo SPD 1, a group that was formed in Nintendo's 2004 restructuring around the nucleus of the old R&D1 team, the old Metroid team. Helmed in this case by Yoshio Sakamoto, a veteran of the Metroid franchise from the beginning, Nintendo found that they needed help, so they contracted Team Ninja to do most of the main development, and CG Animation group D-Rockets to provide CG cutscenes. It releases on August 31st in the USA, on September 3rd in Japan, and on September 24th in Europe.

Under Sakamoto's direction, the game will attempt to really tell a story, which will involve use of cutscenes. Sakamoto hopes to make the transitions from cutscenes to gameplay seamless, in order to better tell the tale. The tale is the tale of Samus, of her past and present, to give us insight into the character of Samus in a way that no Metroid game has done before.

In the timeline of Metroid, this game is set between the events of Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion, which brings us to:

Metroid: Other M boasts a broader array of characters than most Metroid games (barring Prime 3 and Prime Hunters, anyway), including:

Yes, Samus Aran, renowned bounty hunter and heroine of the galaxy, destroyer of four planets (so far: Zebes, Dark Aether, SR388, and Phaaz). This time Samus is fresh off of her victory over Mother Brain (a la Super Metroid), and has just recovered, though is still recovering emotionally from the sacrifice of the Baby Metroid. Samus is summoned to the mysterious Bottle Ship to deal with a crisis, where she encounters:

Before Samus was a bounty hunter, she was a soldier with the Galactic Federation. Mr Smiley here was her Commanding Officer, but they had some sort of falling-out, and he treats her coldly in Other M. He liked to call Samus "Lady," a nickname that she accepted. We know that he dies, however, as he is dead by Metroid Fusion, where his consciousness has been transferred to a computer. We met Adam as a supercomputer that controlled a space station (similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey), but here he's totally alive.

Other characters that Samus encounters on the Bottle Ship include:

Remember him? No? You wouldn't be expected to, as he's a completely original character. He likes to call Samus "Princess." Not certain what Samus did to get all these pejorative nicknames, but i suppose we'll find out.

Mysterious Lab worker on the Bottle Ship (potentially). According to Sakamoto, she definitely isn't Samus Aran, but she definitely *is* important. Time will reveal all

This video (yet to be translated from Japanese to my knowledge. Update me on it if that changes) lists the names of the other Galactic Federation Troopers that Samus encounters on the Bottle Ship.

Part of what sets Metroid Other M apart, aside from the new focus on story and character development, has to be its unique gameplay. The gameplay creates a hybrid of the two previous epochs in Metroid: the speedy side-scrolling quick shooting of the side-scrollers, as well as the high fire-power precision of the Prime games, while also incorporating elements that either epoch lacked.

Pictures speak better than words, and video speaks better than pictures with words, so embrace the sweetness for yourself!



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This is a bold new direction for the Metroid franchise, but will it pay off? There is a lot of controversy regarding pretty much all of it, the controls, the gameplay elements, the reliance on story and CG cutscenes, and even the voice acting for Samus (and their choice of voice actor).

 

There is some question among Nintendo fans and gamers in general as to whether this game will destroy Metroid as we know it, or finally launch it to the relevance that has been so elusive for the series. Some people are glad to see Metroid finally elaborate on the rich backstory that the games have only hinted at, while others feel that any added story only drags the game down, imposing artificial restrictions on things. These are believers that the core essence of Metroid is exploration and discovery, and by imposing a story, any exploration in the game becomes a facade as things are neatly set on rails.

 

This of course brings up the question of what Metroid means to people, and so i'll ask the big question: What is Metroid's appeal to you, and does Other M fit in with that notion of appeal or not, and why?

 

We'll find out here:

Scoring has begun, a week ahead of release! Let's see it! I will gather reviews as they roll in and set them into a 100-point average, metacritic style

Game Informer (Australia): 8/10 (80)
@Gamer (Best Buy's Gaming Mag): 4/5 (80)
Nintendo Power: 8.5 (85)
Famitsu: 9/9/8/9 (87.5)
Infendo: 3/5 (60)
GoNintendo: 7.2 (72)
IGN: 8.5 (85)
Destructoid: 6.5 (65)
GameSpot: 8.5 (85)
Worth Playing: 9 (90)
GamePro: 4/5 (80)
Game Informer (USA): 6.25 (62.5)
Giant Bomb: 4/5 (80)
Eurogamer: 8 (80)
Gamesradar: 7 (70)
XPlay: 2/5 (40)
Joystiq: 4.5/5 (90)
Wired: 9 (90)
Digital Chumps: 8.4 (84)
GameTrailers: 8.6 (86)
1up: B- (80) *
CVG: 8.7 (87)
Edge: 8 (80)
D-pad: 4.5/5 (90)
Nintendo World Report: 7 (70)

Running average: 78.36

*Note: I am pro-rating 1up's system differently, as i'm matching the letter grades to how they would be in school, rather than a system where F represents 0% or 10%. This represents my opinion on how that system should be interpreted, rather than an effort to more positively tilt the metascore.

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Enjoy this wonderful game!



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Courtesy of Khuutra, we have the Metroid: Other M sales predictions, as called by you, the community members. If you wish to have yours added, ring it up.

Name First Week 13 Weeks Lifetime
Khuutra 400,000 1,200,000 2,100,000
andremop 300,000 1,100,000 1,800,000
Boutros 350,000 1,100,000 1,550,000
morenoingrato 450,000 1,300,000 2,500,000
Mr Khan 500,000 1,500,000 2,500,000
MrT-Tar 500,000 1,400,000 3,000,000
Rhonin the wizard 450,000 800,000 1,200,000
Tayne 375,000 850,000 1,600,000
Demotruk 350,000 600,000 1,000,000
jarrod 425,000 1,210,000 2,450,000
Vas-y 320,000 730,000 1,300,000
Ninpanda 360,000 950,000 1,670,000
KylieDog 325,000 1,100,000 1,700,000
Mya-04 400,000 1,200,000 2,000,000
darthdevidem01 400,000 1,200,000 2,100,000
Machina 380,000 1,020,000 2,000,000
ninty_shareholder64 250,000 700,000 1,500,000
RolStoppable 300,000 500,000 650,000
Metallicube 350,000 800,000 1,100,000
oliist 354,000 917,000 1,510,000
Blacksaber 399,000 1,100,000 1,800,000
archbrix 400,000 1,000,000 1,650,000
Pineapple 355,000 918,000 1,520,000
blunty51 550,000 1,300,000 1,500,000
Guiduc 425,000 1,200,000 1,900,000
Ninten78 410,000 1,525,000 3,000,000
Rainbow Yoshi 480,000 1,320,000 2,450,000
Average 391,037 1,012,593 1,816,667

There really doesn't seem to be any confidence that the game will be a breakout hit, but it should at least post results above Metroid Prime 3, in my imagination, mostly through boosts in Japan.



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I am loving the work you did here. If you need any help with anything let me know.



Great thread! The release date for this game is killing me. Just when school starts back up. They couldn't release it a week earlier? :( Still only a month and half away. I need it now. 

Mr Khan said:
It is coming: the next epoch in the Metroid franchise. First there were side-scrollers, then there were first-person adventures, and now there is:

I approve!



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sc94597 said:

Great thread! The release date for this game is killing me. Just when school starts back up. They couldn't release it a week earlier? :( Still only a month and half away. I need it now. 

Mr Khan said:
It is coming: the next epoch in the Metroid franchise. First there were side-scrollers, then there were first-person adventures, and now there is:

I approve!

Yeah, that release is killing me too. If its *in stores* on the 31st, i can get it, but i'm flying to Washington to move into an apartment for an internship on the 1st, so if the 31st is just the ship date, i'm going to have to comb Washington for a copy. Not hard, given that GameStop is as prolific as Starbucks, but still...



Monster Hunter: pissing me off since 2010.

Preordered my copy as soon as I could. CAN'T WAIT!



Random game thought :
Why is Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 getting so much hate? We finally get a real game and they're not even satisfied... I'm starting to hate the gaming community so f****** much...

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Wow... I shall congratulate you, you really did an amazing with the thread, Mr. Khan. I apologize for not being useful to you when you asked me, but I think miz is far more qualified than me. If you need any help later soon, please, let me know.

Your virtual friend Guiduc



BTW, where do I make my predictions?

425 000 1st week

1,200 000 13 weeks

1,900 000 lifetime

 

I hope someday Metroid will sell like crazy... It deserves it.



guiduc said:

BTW, where do I make my predictions?

425 000 1st week

1,200 000 13 weeks

1,900 000 lifetime

 

I hope someday Metroid will sell like crazy... It deserves it.

I'm entirely uncertain as to how to edit pre-existing tables, though i'm retiring for the night, so i'll sort it all out on the morrow, but your values will be updated.



Monster Hunter: pissing me off since 2010.