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RETAILBIZ: METROID: OTHER M 70 MCV 13/08/10


Nintendo’s Metroid franchise returns to explore the history of its leading lady…


by Billy Langsworthy


IT’S BEEN three years since the last instalment in the Metroid series and some 24 since the first game in the franchise hit the shelves.


Ever since footage first emerged at E3 in 2009, anticipation has been growing for the game borne out of the collaboration between Team Ninja and Nintendo. Team Ninja is best known for creating the critically acclaimed Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive fighting franchises. The Metroid series has sold over 16 million games since its birth in 1986 and has successfully transferred across a wide array of console formats, from the original on the NES to the current series on the Wii.


The new game is set to appeal to fans of both the original games, as well as the later Metroid Prime Trilogy, by placing the action between 1994’s Super Metroid and 2002’s Metroid Fusion outings. And the early buzz generated by the preview at E3 suggests that Metroid: Other M is set to be one of the most successful instalments in the series to date.


THE NEW MISSION Metroid: Other M is the first game in the franchise to focus in-depth on the lead character Samus Aran, looking at her life as a bounty hunter, as well as delving into her history and explaining her motivation. Following on from the end of Super Metroid, Samus Aran awakens on the Bottle Ship, a giant galactic vessel.


The game introduces varying locations, each with differing elements to battle against. The Biosphere is a giant greenhouse, complete with jungles, waterfalls and dangerous creatures, whilst its polar opposite is present in the form of the Cryosphere, a cold land full of snow and ice.


RELEASED: SEPTEMBER 3 FORMATS: WII PUBLISHER: NINTENDO DEVELOPER: NINTENDO/TEAM NINJA PRICE: £39.99 DISTRIBUTOR: OPEN CONTACT: 01753 483700


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