Acclaimed developer MercurySteam have been hard at work on Metroid: Samus Returns which is out this month on the Nintendo 3DS. Game Informer have recently produced a huge feature about the latest Metroid title which you can read here. Interestingly the developer initially pitched a remake of Metroid Fusion to Nintendo, however, Sakamoto declined and gave them this project to work on.
With all of Nintendo’s internal studios busy with other projects, Sakamoto needed to find a development team that could tackle his dream project. Fortunately, one studio had been pounding on Nintendo’s door with a Metroid pitch. After finishing work on a few Castlevania projects for Konami, the Madrid-based developer MercurySteam pitched Nintendo on the idea of remaking Metroid Fusion – the 2002 GBA title where Samus got infected with a parasitic organism. Sakamoto was impressed with the studio pitch and their love for Metroid. He told them no, they couldn’t remake Metroid Fusion…but he did need their help on another remake.
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