Samus Lives On In Fan-Made Animated Short
Year after year, it seems like Nintendo neglects the Metroid franchise. Despite being one of the company's oldest and most critically acclaimed IPs, it appears Nintendo simply doesn't know how to move the franchise forward.
That leaves it up to fans to keep the love of all things Samus Aran alive, and the fans certainly haven't disappointed. A recently released short from animator Rabbit Machine simply titled "Metroid: Short Animation," has proven to be a brief but action-packed tribute to Nintendo's sci-fi franchise.
In true Metroid fashion, there's no talking, only fantastic music, a foreboding sense of atmosphere and plenty of action. Space bounty hunter Samus Aran arrives at a derelict facility only to find its inhabitants have been killed. Soon she's blasting away at various monsters in stylish form, all before blowing them away with a missile at point-blank range.
Rabbit MACHINE's signature fluid motion is also on display in Onigiri Musume ("Ogre-Slicing Girl," 2014).
"Metroid: The Sky Calls" brought Samus to life as a live-action short. Metroid Prime: Federation Force, the latest game in the series, will be released on August 19 in North America.
With Nintendo's new console on the horizon, perhaps Metroid's chance to shine will come once again. A new game in the series launching alongside the NX would certainly make a big splash, but it remains to be seen if Nintendo has any plans for the franchise in the near future outside of Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Until then, fans can at least enjoy fan creations like the one above to pass the time.