While the Metroid series has been away for a few years, the Metroidvania genre is alive and well in indie games. Games like Axiom Verge and Hollow Knight have become incredibly popular on both consoles and PC. However, with the return of 2D Metroid, it will be interesting to see if any of these games have influenced Nintendo’s sci-fi series. In an interview with CGMagazine, Yoshio Sakamoto was asked about the prominence of the genre within the indie scene. While he admitted that he hasn’t played any of the games, Sakamoto talked about how their abundance encouraged Nintendo to return to 2D Metroid. Check out the full interview here.
Yeah I’m well aware of…the abundance [of games in the] the Metroidvania genre. I know there are a lot, but I haven’t played them, it however, one thing I think we’ve learned from that is, there’s a need for this there’s a thirst for that genre. People are excited about the genre, and so from a marketing stand point, understanding that that market exists, it’s been helpful to have all of those people clamoring for them. And it really solidified the ability of this desire to creating another 2D Metroid game.