The up-ender of tea tables strikes again
Metroid Prime is one of Nintendo’s greatest game achievements in all of their existence, and it brought Samus from 2D to 3D with incredible care and great success. That’s why it’s so shocking to hear that Shigeru Miyamoto didn’t care much about the project.
In a recent Did You Know Gaming episode, former Retro developer John Whitmore shared some insight into the creation of Metroid Prime. Nintendo famously hit a lot of stumbling blocks with the project, and they eventually turned to Retro for some aid. It was Retro’s direction that really helped get he game on course.
According to Whitmore, Miyamoto “didn’t care” if Metroid Prime was cancelled. Whitmore says this is because Metroid isn’t a franchise that Miyamoto created himself. That’s certainly sad to hear, but thankfully everything came together for a release. It certainly seems as Miyamoto came around, though, as he was instrumental in the change to a first-person perspective, as well as the game’s control scheme.