Nintendo has released all new media of Metroid: Other M, the Team Ninja and Nintendo developed Wii game that tells a more "revealing, personal story" than previous Metroid games, including Other M's chronological predecessor, Super Metroid.

What Nintendo calls a "dramatic new direction for a legendary franchise and a bold new blend between cinematics, storytelling and the best in interactive entertainment" is what we'll call simply Metroid: Other M, a sequel dated earlier today for a June 27 release in North America. All-new screen shots of Samus Aran's latest adventure highlight Team Ninja's trademark cinematic prowess and showcase the game's blend of 2D and 3D gameplay.


Featuring a control scheme that uses Wii Remote-only controls (held sideways) for side-scrolling adventure and battle moments, with pointer control for first-person exploration and shooting, Other M certainly sounds like a fine compromise for the longtime Metroid fan. We'll find out later when our hands-on impressions from today's summit go live.

Nintendo promises voice acting—will we hear Samus speak, not just scream?—and a rich, "engaging" backstory set on the decommissioned Bottle Ship, plus plenty of action and exploration. Until you get to experience it yourself, enjoy new Metroid: Other M screens that run at a resolution worthy of a Wii HD. (Nintendo warns "screen captures are taken from a version of the game still in development and are provided at a higher resolution than what is available in game.")