By Stewart Sutherland
Released in 2010, Metroid: Other M is an exclusive title for the Nintendo Wii. Following the success that Retro Studios had with the Metroid Prime series, Nintendo and Team Ninja worked together to make a game with the classic Metroid navigational feel, while still featuring the graphics and first-person mode of the last trilogy.
By Stewie Sutherland
Frequent readers of Alternative Magazine Online know that we do our best to cover all mediums when it comes to games. Duncan has put some of the Xbox 360’s best games under the microscope, while Matt researches hot portable and PC titles, and our editor and site owner Marty has reviewed some of the Playstation 3’s must-have titles this year. This usually leaves yours truly covering the Nintendo side of things (though now that Marty has gotten himself a brand new Wii, I might just convert him yet!) and it’s a job I enjoy quite a bit!
That said, we’ve only got a few short weeks until Christmas ’09, so most people already have their shopping lists sorted. Yep, it’s that magical time of the year where toy ad’s run around the clock, people meet with their strange elderly relatives they see once every two years and in my house, the electric bill soars from putting up too many lights. Still though, if you’re a fan of Nintendo’s stronger names, then 2010 will be a big year. (And not just because we can stop saying that really long “two thousand and…” biz).
By Stewie Sutherland
There’s no arguing that one of the greatest titles on the classic Gamecube is and always will be Metroid Prime. An incredible first person shooter with lush 3D environments whilst still being true to its 2D exploring ancestors, it’s no wonder it became one of the highest selling games for Nintendo and its developers, Retro Studios. It’s no surprise either that they naturally made a sequel. Not as enjoyed as the original, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes took character Samus Aran to a world that was half untouched and pristine, and half so dark and poisonous that the very air was toxic. You couldn’t deny it was gripping and fun.
Years later, Retro made the finale to the Prime series, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for the Wii. Updated and expanded, the game had a smoother look and more story than most Metroid games usually had. It also introduced a new set of controls for use with the Wii: using the motion sensing in conjunction with standard 3D platforming movement, Metroid Prime 3 was a fairly good game on a new system. Those controls just took a fair bit of practise to get used to.