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Live-action Metroid: Other M trailer is sexy and emotive in equal measure

As publishers increasingly attempt to snag the mainstream wallet with ever-more mass-market promotion, we're seeing more and more games promoted with live-action trailers rather than the traditional showreels of polygons and pixels. Sometimes they work, sometimes they make you want to tear your own eyes out in despair. But I'm pleased to say that this particular actual-actors-in-actual-costumes affair for Nintendo and Team Ninja's upcoming Metroid: Other M is very much the former.

However the game turns out, Nintendo is currently doing one hell of a job of selling Samus as a character. Potentially the deepest and most nuanced of all of Ninty's roster, she's really coming into her own with this campaign, with the spotlight tightly focused on her history, her tribulations, and what the cumulative effect of 24 years of lone bounty-hunting does to a person. And one or two lapses into slightly cheesy line delivery aside, this US TV spot does a great job of conveying all that. Any Nintendo gamer of a certain age who doesn't well up a little during the last flashback image frankly has no soul and is not to be trusted.

Also, Zero Suit.

So what do you think? Hyped? Or are you still dubious of a Metroid game developed by the Dead or Alive team?

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  • DeepIsh - August 25, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    I can't really say I like the voice actor... Now that I think about it, Lightning's voice could fit Samus pretty well, but idk.
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - August 24, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    I normally consider myself immune from hype, but gawdamn.
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 22, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    I was suspicious about this game for a while, but now I just flat out want it.
  • slimjim441 - August 22, 2010 4:19 a.m.

    @mahabat Don't mention it. I just can't stand when people say Metroid Prime is an FPS.
  • mahabat - August 22, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    slimjim thanks for arguing my point and pretty much summarizing everything for me haha saved me some time
  • slimjim441 - August 21, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    @sheepy94 You're missing the point. Metroid Prime is close to an FPS, but it's not. You're generalizing it as an FPS. Obviously you've never played Portal. Saying Metroid Prime is an FPS as like saying Wayne's World is a romance movie because it has romance in it. It's the same way that every first-person game involving guns/arm cannons/portal guns cannot be categorized as an FPS.
  • sheepy94 - August 21, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    @slimjim FPS stands for First Person Shooter, Metroid Prime is played from a first person perspective, and you shoot things, therefore, 'tis an FPS.
  • slimjim441 - August 21, 2010 4:58 a.m.

    @FNG It's not an FPS. If Metroid Prime is an FPS, then so is Portal (which is by NO means an FPS). It's simply an adventure game in first-person perspective. Every first-person game involving guns/arm cannons/portal guns cannot be categorized as an FPS.
  • FNG - August 21, 2010 4:10 a.m.

    @mahabat It is a fps and I hate Halo.
  • mahabat - August 21, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    FNG if your talking about prime, SHUT UP, but seriously if you classify it as an fps you obviously didn't get it, its and adventure shooter, and just sense it isn't halo doesnt mean it is bad i mean seriously secondly prime is good because it perfectly translated that side scoller into a first person action adventure that had the same feel as the side scrollers, fps is not the right word for it. dont talk about what you dont understand
  • FNG - August 21, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    Honestly, why do people care so much about the FPS. It isn't that good compared to other FPS, the only thing it has going for it is the fact it's related to a really good side scroller.
  • BoltActionRevolver - August 21, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    Mammarys and big balls... We will call it Ballery... Or Chesticals Either way, I want
  • reveffect - August 21, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    Why is it that every time a game shows over the top close quaters action that people have to come out and say that it looks kind of like god of war. Come on people god of war wasn't the first game to pull off its kind of action, if you guys knew any better or were young enough you'd know that the first devil may cry was the first to really pull off intense action in a game or at least thats what me and many other people who played it and know about it think. Anyways the trailer looked awesome and that kid in the beginning was over acting soooo much it was funny. I got the Cecil "Whyyyyyyy" in my head when I saw it.
  • MasterV - August 20, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    And no Redeater, you're not the only one.
  • MasterV - August 20, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Good one. The game's action seems fine. Still worried about it's story though.
  • Redeater - August 20, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    Am I the only one that liked Samus before she developed a voice and back breaking tits?
  • abbottfrizzell - August 20, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    OO Geez a movie would be GREAT.. Love this video!
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 20, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    I still think the Metroid Prime 2 one was pretty cool, but this one is nice too. Poor baby Metroid... I'm still getting it. I don't know about having all those other people in it though. It does seem a little Halo-ier now...
  • Jacko415 - August 20, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    sooooo when does the movie come out? never thought about a Metroid movie but it could work SOOOOOOOOOO well as a movie
  • Valntyne - August 20, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    Is seems Nintendo is catching up with the Awesome.

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