Judging by Nintendo’s release schedule over the past couple of generations you’d swear Metroid was simply a sad afterthought and Samus Aran’s role was reduced to Smash Brothers fodder. But the future of Metroid might not be dead if Miyamoto’s words with Kotaku are to hold any value.
When asked which style of Metroid game he likes — the 3D platformer-style games or the first-person “Prime” style — Miyamoto proudly professed Prime, and his belief that there’s a lot that can be done with that in the future. Producer Shinya Takahashi went with the 2D-style Metroid, for what it’s worth.
Either way, it’s quite telling that neither of them were willing to close the books on the beloved series. While this certainly doesn’t confirm a Metroid game is coming anytime soon, it’s important that they left the door open: after all, we were ready to give up on Star Fox before Miyamoto surprised us with an announcement that they were working on bringing the series back at some point next year.