The name of Metroid's star's name is Samus Aran. The name of soccer's greatest player is Pelé. But that's not his real name.
Nintendo wanted to sell a million copies of Metroid: Other M, which wasn't a bad game. They won't, not by the end of the year in America, and now they're trying to figure out why.
Samus Aran is one of gaming's iconic female characters. She wasn't always a female, though. Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto explains:
Is your mouth open? If it's closed, watch out, because Nintendo's next console will make you all slack jawed. But relax, we're a few years off. Go ahead, shut your yapper.
The people behind Wii title Metroid: Other M provide an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the forthcoming adventures of Samus Aran in this 17-minute-long video that offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a Nintendo game.
Metroid series lead and co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto teaches us something we never knew we never knew. Intergalactic bounty hunter and Metroid: Other M star Samus Aran's ship—which bears a striking resemblance to her space suit—doesn't have a name.
Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi's philosophy on what it takes to make a game, as explained to Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto, who went on to design Wrecking Crew for the NES and, most recently, WarioWare: D.I.Y. for the Nintendo DS.
Playing through a section of Metroid: Other M last week, I couldn't help but notice that the Wii title felt at times very much like the sort of game the developers said it wasn't: An on-the-rails shooter.
While Metroid: Other M may feel like a departure for the series in the way it plays and the influences brought in by fabled designers Team Ninja, at its heart it is meant to be a unifying game for the series.
Yoshio Sakamoto is visiting San Francisco's Game Developers Conference to talk up the latest, he says greatest, take on Metroid. But that's not the game he's carrying around with him to show off at dinner.
Yoshio Sakamoto, one of the creators behind popular Nintendo platformer Kid Icarus, says Nintendo hasn't ruled out bringing a new title in the series to the Wii, they just haven't yet figured out how to.
How does Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto explain his Nintendo DS megahit Tomodachi Collection—still a Japan-only release—to the non-Japanese GDC attendee? By putting high-level Nintendo execs in weird Tomodachi Collection situations, including Sakamoto's own virtual crush on Samus Aran.
Yoshio Sakamoto, the Metroid co-creator and WarioWare producer, says that his latest game, Metroid: Other M, was originally planned to be an on-rails adventure. If that sounds like Metroid sacrilege to you, thank co-developer Team Ninja for changing Sakamoto's mind.
When last we left off, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto was asking me to ask Metroid designer Yoshio Sakamoto when he wants Miyamoto to retire…
Over the course of three days in Los Angeles earlier this month, one Kotaku reporter spoke to nine top industry figures and had each of them ask one question for the next guy. Shigeru Miyamoto started.