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Metroid: Other M Trailer Breakdown

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Ladies and gentlemen, E3 has come and gone and there were more then a few news bombs dropped. The biggest for me personally was the last one I would have expected, a new Metroid game. I saw the trailer for Other M and my mind was reeling from the sheer awesomeness but after the elation subsided which took countless hours I started re watching the trailer and began to pick up on details which has for the most part only led to more questions then answers.

The first of these many questions is where in the time line does this sit? For anyone that knows their Metroid the immediate response would be that it takes placed before the original Metroid. This detail could bee gleaned from the fact fact that Adam Malcovich is shown as alive and giving orders to Samus. This would imply that Other M takes place while Samus was in fact still enlisted with the Galactic Federation. This premise is laden with potential to provide answers to an entire array of questions in regards to Samus' history including why she enlisted and why she left as well as what happened to Adam. Other M looks as though it may even delve into the relationship between Samus and Adam. In fact I would go so far as to say that I can guarantee the events leading up and including Adam's death will be revealed being that the trailer shows Samus standing over what appears to be a dead Adam.



The thought the Other M will be strictly a prequel falls apart as soon as the gameplay footage starts though because upon further inspection one will see a gorgeous rendition of the death of the metroid hatchling at the hands of Mother Brain from Super Metroid. Not only that but for the truly investigative such as myself you'll also notice the scene with several of, what appears to be Federation troopers, being targeted by the huntress herself as though she is being hunted which would imply that that scene is post Fusion being that the end of Fusion saw Samus being a fugitive from the Federation. Not only that but there is an additional scene that sees Samus seemingly snooping in a Galactic Federation lab and accessing a screen that says, "Living Body Arms Development," which would imply organic weaponry. Now if you'll recall that was a major story crux in Fusion that the Galactic Federation was in fact working on a program to mass produce and rapidly grow metroids for weapons use. That screen also reads, "Attestation Success," from which one could also infer that whatever the Federation has been working on has in fact been fruitful and if it is a metroid rapid growth program then what we saw could in fact be Samus trying to bring this program down from the inside.



The final couple of unanswered questions raised from this trailer include a federation trooper who asks Samus if she remembers him. Now a few things can be gleaned from this one snippet. The first is that this man is someone that she served with while enlisted in the Federation. Second, the question, "remember me," says that it's been some time since she has seen him which leads me to believe that this scene takes place post Fusion. This depiction also suggests that he may in fact be her inside contact that gets her into the Federations lab in order to shut down their bio weapons program. The other unanswered question is who is the woman in the lab coat seen throughout the entire trailer that Samus introduces herself to. She was seen both in the beginning of the trailer while Adam was alive and watches Samus as she stands over Adam's dead body which implies that she at the very least knew Adam or may have even been involved with Adam romantically. Seeing her catch Samus snooping in the Living Body Arms Development lab also suggests that she is also working on the rapid growth program as well or may have been responsible for the upload of Adam's consciousness after he passed away.



Last but most certainly not least is the gameplay. Everything I saw told me several things. First off, terrain traversal appears to happen on a 2d plane with some very dramatic camera angles. What I mean by this is that even though there are shots of Samus running either into or away from the camera she doesn't seem to shift left to right which tells me that the focus for terrain traversal remains about classic platforming. Where this appears to break from the norm in regards to Metroid style gameplay is in the combat. While there was what appeared to be some classic shooting things out of the sky gameplay there looks to be much more melee style combat. Case in point being the scene where Samus takes down a creature by the neck, keeps it in a headlock on the ground, and shoots it in the head point blank. This is where you can truly see Team Ninja's influence on the series bleeding in and somehow it doesn't seem wrong and that's a pretty tough feat to pull off. Retro Studios pulled it off and I still think that's only because a first person game always seems to make sense because everyone at least once has wanted to get behind the visor of the huntress at least once. This in fact appears to remain in Metroid Other M at least in a few instances.



In the end, as I stated at the beginning of this analysis, this trailer has simply provided more questions then answers. The upside to all of this is that we have until the game drops in 2010 to speculate all we want but at the end of it all we will finally have a Metroid game that delves into the untold history of the first lady of gaming.

[Update]

It has been brought to light via an interview with the director that Metroid Other M is set in the time line between Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion. This however does not shatter the theory that the Living Body Arms Development program is the Federations metroid rapid growth research. This may in fact be Samus getting a glimpse at what the Federation is working on and not knowing all the details. There is also the possibility that it is the Federation trying to duplicate Samus' power suit.
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Game Cube

Chibi-Robo: Complete
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat: Complete and finished
Donkey Konga: Complete and finished
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Eternal Darkness Sanity's Requiem: Complete
F-Zero GX: Complete
Geist: Complete
The Legend Of Zelda Four Swords Adventure: Complete
Metroid Prime with Metroid Prime 2 Echoes bonus disc: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime 2 Echoes: Complete and finished
Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2: Complete and finished
Soul Calibur 2: Complete and finished
SSX On Tour: Complete
Super Bubble Pop: Complete


Wii

Battalion Wars 2: Complete
The Bigs: Complete
Da Blob: Complete
Endless Ocean: Complete
Geometry Wars Galaxies: Complete
Ghost Squad: Complete
House Of The Dead 2 & 3 Return: Complete and finished
The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess: Complete and finished
Links Crossbow Training: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: Complete and finished
Okami: Complete on loan to Josh
Speed Racer: Complete
SSX Blur: Complete on loan to Josh
Super Mario Galaxy: Complete on loan to Josh
Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Complete and finished
Wii Play: Complete and finished
Wii Sports: Complete and finished
Zack & Wiki Quest For Barbaros' Treasure: Complete


Wii Ware

Art Style: Orbient:
Bit.Trip Beat:
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Lost Winds:
Mega Man 9:
Onslaught:


Virtual Console

ActRaiser:
Beyond Oasis:
Blazing Lazers:
F-Zero: Finished
F-Zero X: Finished
Galaga '90:
Golden Axe: Finished
Gunstar Heroes: Finished
Kid Icarus: Finished
Kirby's Adventure: Finished
The Legend of Zelda:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past:
Mario Kart 64: Finished
Metroid: Finished
Ninja Gaiden:
Pac-Man:
Phantasy Star II:
Ristar:
River City Ransom:
Sin & Punishment:
Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Finished
StarTropics: Finished
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting: Finished
Super Mario Bros.: Finished
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels:
Super Mario Bros. 2: Finished
Super Mario Bros. 3: Finished
Super Mario World:
Super Metroid: Finished
Virtua Fighter 2:
Zelda II - The Adventure of Link: Finished


Game Boy

Metroid II Return Of Samus: Complete and finished


Game Boy Advance

F-Zero GP Legend: Complete
Metroid Zero Mission: Complete and finished
Metroid Fusion: Complete and finished


Nintendo DS

Big Bang Mini: Complete
Brain Age: Complete
Castlevania Dawn Of Sorrow: Complete and finished
Castlevania Portrait Of Ruin: Complete and finished
Chrono Trigger: Complete
Clubhouse Games: Complete
Contra 4: Complete
Dementium: The Ward: Complete
Geometry Wars Galaxies: Complete
Kirby Canvas Curse: Complete and finished
Lock's Quest: Complete
Lost In Blue: Complete
Lost In Blue 2: Complete
Mario Kart DS: Complete and finished
Meteos: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime Hunters: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime Pinball with rumble pack: Complete and finished
Moon: Complete on loan to Nick
N+: Complete
Nanostray 2: Complete
Retro Game Challenge: Complete
Ridge Racer DS: Complete
Scurge Hive: Complete and finished
Sonic Rush: Complete and finished
Super Mario 64 DS: Complete
Tetris DS: Complete and finished
Trace Memory: Complete and finished
True Swing Golf: Complete and finished
The World Ends With You: Complete


Playstation

Alone In The Dark The New Nightmare: Complete
Alundra 2: Complete
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror: Complete
Dance Dance Revolution: Complete and finished
Dance Dance Revolution Disney Mix: Complete and finished
Dance Dance Revolution Konamix: Complete and finished
Inuyasha: Complete
The Legend Of Dragoon: Complete and finished
Marvel VS. Capcom: Complete and finished
Myst: Complete
Oddworld: Abe's Exodus: Complete and finished
Riven The Sequal To Myst: No Manual
Spyro The Dragon: Complete and finished
Tall: Infinity: Complete
Wipeout: 3: Complete and finished
Worms Armageddon: Complete and finished


Playstation 2

Amplitude: Complete and finished
Beatmania: Complete
Blood Will Tell: Complete
Bombastic: Complete
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution: Complete and finished
Dance Dance Revolution Supernova: Complete
Echo Night Beyond: Complete
Flipnic: Complete
Frequency: Complete and finished
Future Tactics The Uprising: Complete and finished
God Of War: Complete and finished
Guitar Hero: Complete and finished
Guitar Hero Encore Rocks The 80's: Complete and finished
Half-Life: Complete on loan to Chris
Ico: Complete
Katamari Damacy: Complete
Lumines: Complete
Odin Sphere: Complete on loan to Chris
Ribbit King: Complete
Shadow Of The Colossus: Complete and finished
Shadow Of Destiny: Complete


X-Box

Advent Rising: Complete and finished
Oddworld Stranger's Wrath: Complete
Phantom Dust: Complete and finished


X-Box 360

Army Of Two: Complete and finished
Bioshock: Complete and finished on loan to Tom
Burnout Revenge: Complete
Dark Sector: Complete
Dead Space: Complete
Guitar Hero II: Complete and finished
Guitar Hero III Legends Of Rock: Complete
Guitar hero Aerosmith: Complete and finished
Guitar Hero World Tour: Complete
NBA Street Homecourt: Complete
The Orange Box: Complete
Ridge Racer 6: Complete
Rock Band: Complete
Rock Band AC/DC Live Track Pack Fan Pack: Complete and finished
Sega Superstars Tennis/X-Box Live Arcade Compilation: Complete
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection: Complete


X-Box Live Arcade

A Kingdom For Keflings: Finished
Alien Hominid:
Braid: Finished
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Catan:
Dishwasher Dead Samurai:
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Marble Blast Ultra:
Rez: Finished
The Maw: Finished


Guitar Hero III Legends Of Rock DLC

The Devil Went Down To Georgia: Charlie Daniels Band
I Am Murloc: L7oetc
Halo Theme MJOLNIR Mix: O'Donnell/Salvatori/Va
Slash Guitar Battle: Slash
We Three Kings: Steve Ouimette
Tom Morello Guitar Battle: Tom Morello
Top Gun Anthem: Unknown


Guitar Hero World Tour DLC

Anything: An Endless Sporadic
Born To Run: Bruce Springsteen
My Lucky Day: Bruce Springsteen
Sacrifice: The Expendables
Drive: Incubus
Your Face: Pepper
Jimi: Slightly Stoopid
The Touch: Stan Bush
Electro Rock: Sworn
Guitar Duel With Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent
Guitar Duel With Zack Wylde: Zack Wylde

Music Studio Content

Tetris OZMA TRIB: AKLLIES 08
Chemical Plant: Bambisaurus Rex
A Day In The Life: Erimgard
Castlevania Theme: HoboBobulus
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Cell Theme: IIZIEIRIOII
Brinstar X: Keyser SOse
Kraid: kingsizewipes
Amazing: Neversoft
Bee: Neversoft
Bouree: Neversoft
FurElise: Neversoft
FutureFreak: Neversoft
Greensleeves: Neversoft
ILikeDirt: Neversoft
JamAndToast: Neversoft
LaNoche: Neversoft
LaserBop: Neversoft
MapleLeaf: Neversoft
Porto: Neversoft
RajaFunshine: Neversoft
RockHop: Neversoft
Rondo: Neversoft
StarSpangled: Neversoft
YandZ: Neversoft
Big Blue: Nysyare
F Zero X Medley: Nysyare
Mute City: Pimpmobile01
Chrono Trigger: Soup Not See
Kraid's Hideout: TheKnowingDirge
Brinstar: XxLambinatorxX



Rock Band DLC

More Than A Feeling: Boston
Peace Of Mind: Boston
My Hero: Foo Fighters
Times Like These: Foo Fighters
Sprode: Freezepop
Skullcrusher Mountain: Jonathan Coultan
Still Alive: Jonathan Coultan
Closer: Lacuna Coil
Swamped: Lacuna Coil
Simple Man: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Headphones On: Miranda Cosgrove
Wonderwall: Oasis
The Kids Aren't Alright: The Offspring
Black: Pearl Jam
Snow ((Hey Oh)): Red Hot Chili Peppers
Under The Bridge: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Limelight (Original Version): Rush
Charlene (I'm Right Behind You): Stephen And The Colberts
Promised Land: Vesuvius


Nintendo

Bionic Commando: Cartridge Only
Battletoads: Cartridge Only and finished
Castlevania: Cartridge Only
Cyber Stadium Series Base Wars: Cartridge Only and finished
Dragon Warrior: Cartridge Only
Ice Hockey: Cartridge Only and finished
Kid Icarus: Cartridge Only
Little Nemo The Dream Master: Cartridge Only and finished
Marble Madness: Cartridge Only and finished
Mega Man: Cartridge Only
Mega Man 2: Cartridge Only
Mega Man 3: Cartridge Only
Mega Man 4: Cartridge Only
Mega Man 6: No Box
Metroid (Yellow Label): Cartridge Only and finished
Metroid (Silver Label): Cartridge Only and finished
Ninja Gaiden: Cartridge Only
Star Voyager: Complete
Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt: Cartridge Only and finished
Super Mario Bros. 3: No Box and finished
Star Tropics: No Box
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II The Arcade Game: Cartridge Only and finished
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III The Manhattan Project: Cartridge Only and finished
Tetris: No Manual and finished
Zelda II The Adventure Of Link: No Manual and finished


Super Nintendo

Battletoads/Double Dragon: Cartridge Only
Bust-A-Move: Cartridge Only
Castlevania IV: Cartridge Only
Clayfighter: Cartridge Only
Darius Twin: Cartridge Only
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest: Cartridge Only
F-Zero: Cartridge Only and finished
Game Genie: No Box
The Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past: Complete
Pilotwings: Cartridge Only
Ranma 1/2 Hard Battle: Cartridge Only
Star Fox: Cartridge Only
Street Fighter 2: Cartridge Only and finished
Super Game Boy: Complete
Super Mario All Stars: Complete
Super Metroid: Complete and finished
Tetris 2: Cartridge Only
Yoshi's Island: Cartridge Only


Nintendo 64

F-Zero X: Complete and finished
Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards: Cartridge Only
The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time Collectors Edition: Complete
The Legend Of Zelda Majora's Mask Collectors Edition: Complete
Super Mario 64: Cartridge Only
Super Smash Bros.: Cartridge Only and finished


Sega Genesis

Castlevania Bloodlines: No Box
Eartworm Jim: Complete
Genesis 6-Pak: No Box
Game Genie: No Box
Sonic The Hedgehog 2: Complete and finished
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cartridge Only
Vectorman: Complete and finished
Vectorman 2: Cartridge Only

I plan on updating this list as it changes one way or the other.
* Denotes latest additions
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