Hey, Nintendo. I'm sure you're really busy right now with restructuring plans and excited to read all the advice people have been recycling for the last 15 years, but there's an important date coming up. An anniversary date with a very special lady.
She's tall and she's blonde, but she's not a Princess Peach or Rosalina. She has no squatty plumbers in her life. She's a bit of a loner, in fact, but that doesn't mean she doesn't like a little attention from time to time. She's the kind of girl that will take a detour to blast Space Pirates, discover ancient artifacts and has detonated three planets over the course of her career. She is also still a little upset you missed her 25th anniversary but there's a 20th anniversary coming up for a pivotal game in her career and it would be a good time to celebrate her greatest adventure.
March 19th, 2014 is the 20th anniversary of Super Metroid. It's time to end the Year of Luigi and bring on the Year of Samus Aran.
You've been giving a lot of love to Peach, Rosalina, Dixie Kong and Brittany debuted in Pikmin 3 but Samus has been sitting it out for four years now. She's had longer absences, the last big one was eight years and we all know how Metroid Other M went down but people love the hell out of most of the other games. People play them, replay them, speedrun them and even play them for charity.
Super Metroid and Metroid Prime are very influential games. It is fair to say that Batman may have never found his groove in video games were it not for Samus. Castlevania has been so close to Metroid in the past two decades that it has to share a genre's pet name with it. Indie developers often make games that emulate the design of Super Metroid, too. These games are loved immensely by fans.
I'm not saying remake Super Metroid, in fact, I think its fine as it is. It's already out there on Wii U Virtual Console and the Wii Virtual Console. The game has aged as gracefully as a 20 year old game can. There are ways you can still celebrate this game, though.
You could, for example, have some digital sales. Sell 3DS gamers Super Metroid, Metroid Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion on the eShop. An announcement for an HD remaster of Metroid Prime Trilogy would be fantastic. Announcements for new Metroid games in either 2D or first-person would also work. Maybe even throw in some Club Nintendo rewards.
Just don't make another game like Other M. Keep Yoshio Sakamoto busy with a new WarioWare game or something. I'm sure either Intelligent Systems or Retro Studios would do just fine left to their own devices anyway. God knows IS can actually write a good story.
Just remember the date, make sure it doesn't take you by surprise. Let Luigi down easy about his year being over and move on to the Year of Samus. She's worth it.