Nintendo hasn’t released a new 2D Metroid game in well over a decade, but indie sensation Axiom Verge is serving as an excellent substitute for many. The action-platformer launched early last year, and it finally came to Wii U on September 1st. Developer Tom Happ and marketing partner Dan Adelman recently fielded questions from fans as part of a Reddit AMA, and one fan asked if they attempted to get a Samus cameo in the game, paying homage to its inspiration.
While Axiom Verge‘s password system features a Metroid reference, a much more ambitious connection was proposed, but ultimately rejected by Nintendo. Here’s what was proposed:
SeafoamGaming: Did the idea of attempting to have Nintendo allow a Samus cameo or Samus Amiibo support ever cross your mind? If so, was such a thing not done because it wasn’t allowed by them, or was it to mostly give the game its own identity?
Dan Adelman: We would have loved to have a secret code to have Trace where [ sic ] a Samus costume. Some people inside Nintendo really liked the idea, but after a lot of internal discussion, they ultimately had to decide not to give us permission to do that. I think the idea that someone could play the entire game of Axiom Verge looking like Samus Aran was too big of a concern for them.
There is a similar kind of callback, though. If you type JUSTIN BAILEY into the passcode tool, it has Trace in a leotard, just like in Super Metroid.
As a huge fan of both Metroid and Axiom Verge, I would have loved running around Sudra as Samus, but apparently Nintendo decided that was a bit too much. Hopefully Axiom Verge‘s popularity will prompt Nintendo to return to making the game that inspired it!