Hello again everyone! As of August 6th the Metroid series has reached its 30th anniversary. It may not get as much love and attention as the other stars from Nintendo, but Metroid can hold its own.
When Metroid first released in 1986 the world was shocked to learn that the Samus was actually a female. A female who was just as capable of defeating space pirates and aliens as the male protagonists of the times. With her arsenal of rockets, bombs, grappling lasers, and Chozo inspired power suit she was Nintendo’s strongest female bounty hunter.
Over the course of Metroid’s 30 years the series has been made into a total of 13 different game titles. Throughout these titles Samus has shined as being the only feminine protagonist in Nintendo’s lineup to has such a strong fan base. A fan base that was passionate enough to chastise Nintendo on some of their less than stellar plot decisions at times. The greatest example being how in Metroid: Other M, Samus is relegated from being a strong leading female character to another helpless female character who needs a man to tell her what to do.
The game had Samus who had previously been an inspiring character who did whatever she wanted and made her seem uncharacteristically passive and afraid. Such as when she had to get Malkovich’s permission before using the Varia Suit or being terrified of an enemy that she’s defeated six times before (Ridley).
What I’m looking forward to is a new game for the Metroid series that takes Samus and pits her against the seemingly corrupt federation. What they plan on doing as far as the story goes isn’t really the most important thing to me. However, what is important is that they bring Samus back in a way befitting her character. I would like to see Samus taking up the mantle that the Chozo left for her and in doing so become an even more impressive character than she already is. In saying that though the Metroid franchise seems to be slowly dying off in favor of more lucrative game series such as Legend of Zelda, Mario, etc. The most promising prospect at this point is that such a game might be created or inspired by the fans who are taking it upon themselves to keep the series alive. Such as the AM2R(Another Metroid 2 Remake) project that was released for about four days after the 6th before Nintendo shut it down.
So with that, Happy 30th Anniversary Metroid and I look forward to seeing a great game from Nintendo in the future. So cross your fingers and Geekout!