Team Ninja Gives Us Metroid: Other M Fact Sheet

Team Ninja released a fact sheet on their upcoming collaboration with Nintendo, Metroid: Other M. The game is set to focus more on Samus’s past than her future, telling the story of how and why she became a bounty hunter. It will focus on her early career, her failings, and her motivations.

The announcement of this game worried me at first. Team Ninja is known for two things: lots of action and excessively endowed and wobbly women. The first made me excited as Metroid, while not without some heavy action, felt like it needed some life-blood in that area. Fights were more something that got in the way of continuing with puzzle-solving rather than something to be enjoyed. Team Ninja’s work on the Ninja Gaiden franchise gave me hope that the fighting would be more of a thing to enjoy than a side-step.

The second had me worried as Team Ninja made a continual habit of taking some of my favorite fighters and reducing them to little more than eye candy. Games like Extreme Beach Volley Ball and the recently released Dead or Alive Paradise (Extreme Volley Ball without the Volley Ball) furthered my fears. The last thing I needed from a Metroid game was separate breast physics and a motion-controlled bouncing chest plate.

Instead, with the fact sheet and the 2009 E3 trailer, I’m definitely finding myself excited about this game. Not only does it look like Team Ninja is handling the character and the gameplay in a serious, mature manner, but they’re also giving it their own unique spin.

Read the fact sheet below and check out the trailer on the Metroid website.


  • Metroid: Other M takes the best elements of 1st-person and 3rd-person gaming to create a seamless blend between gameplay, story-telling and dynamic cinematography, that feels like a movie the player can control. Players hold the Wii Remote™ controller sideways while navigating and battling in 3rd-person. However, at any moment, players can switch immediately to Wii Remote pointer controls to examine and explore the environments in 1st-person perspective.
  • Metroid fans know more about Samus’ suits and weapons than they do about what drives her. That’s about to change. The story begins immediately following the events of Super Metroid, when a baby Metroid gave its life to protect Samus. With voice acting and a rich story, players learn the engaging backstory of Samus as she weaves through an action-packed adventure aboard the Bottle Ship, a decommissioned space facility. As she hurtles into this new adventure, Samus will encounter her first mentor and Commanding Officer of the Galactic Federation, Adam Malkovich.
  • The development of Metroid: Other M is an exciting collaboration between Nintendo’s Yoshio Sakamoto and Team Ninja. Sakamoto was the director of Super Metroid in 1994. Team Ninja is the renowned action developer of Ninja Gaiden. Metroid: Other M pairs Sakamoto’s expert level design and exploratory focus of the classic Metroid series with Team Ninja’s signature stylish, no-holds-barred action.