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Tamaki Explains Why Nintendo is Making so Few Traditional Metroid Games Lately

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The Metroid series has been dormant for five years now, and although the Metroid-branded Federation Force is coming out in a matter of time, fans are thirsty for another spacefaring adventure starring Samus Aran. There have been a number of Metroid projects kicked around over the last few years, including Metroid Dread and a few conceptual games for Nintendo 3DS, but every one of them has ended up falling apart.

We brought in Liam Robertson, also known as Tamaki of Unseen64, for
this week’s episode of Gamnesia’s Nintendo podcast and asked him what on Earth is going on at Nintendo that prevents Metroid from returning to its former glory. Check out the discussion video above for the full answer and discussion, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

Robertson explains that NCL, Nintendo’s executive branch in Japan, is extremely averse to taking financial risks with their projects. He says that the notion that Nintendo’s scared to make new
Metroid games isn’t particular to the Metroid series, and applies to the way they invest in a lot of their franchises.

“It’s a combination of them being very risk-averse, not wanting to [screw] up Metroid again, and ‘when are their creative people going to be free?’ Let me just say, I think there is the potential that there’s a Metroid game in development—it’s whether we see it next year or the year after, I think. They’re always working on new Metroid stuff, and a lot of the time it just doesn’t materialize for one reason or another.” —
Liam Robertson

For more fascinating information from our time with Tamaki, you can check out the full episode, which you can find either on iTunes, or embedded directly below—this discussion begins at about the one-hour mark. You could also
subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we’ll be posting more of these discussion snippets throughout the coming week. And do be sure to stay tuned here on the site for more.

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If you like this video, you can
subscribe to Nintendo Week on iTunes, where we release new episodes every Wednesday. If you don’t like long-form podcasts, you can subscribe to us on YouTube, where our discussion segments are uploaded on Thursdays, and these select snippets from the rest of the podcast—which we call NWC—are uploaded throughout the week. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you leave us a review on iTunes, or send us your feedback! We’d love to know what you think of the show, and how you think we can improve it.

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