There are still no full-fledged Metroid games on the horizon, but Nintendo's top sci-fi series will at least be featured in one the main attractions of Wii
U launch game Nintendo Land.
The newest issue of Game Informer reveals that the collection of HD Nintendo-themed mini-games will include Metroid Blast, a fleshed out version of the superb E3 2011 Wii
U tech demo Battle Mii.
Like the other games in Nintendo Land, Metroid Blast. is designed to demonstrate gameplay that uses distinct features of the upcoming Wii
U hardware. For this one, one player holds the Wii
U GamePad (the big controller with the 6" screen) and pilots Metroid heroine Samus' spaceship, tilting the controller to fly. As many as four rival players control Miis wearing Samus' armor and use Wii
Remotes to run around and try to shoot the spaceship player down. The on-foot players watch the action on the TV in splitscreen; the spaceship player observes the same battlefield on the GamePad's screen and can even physically move away from the TV to play their part. For the on-foot players, Metroid Blast is a third-person arena shooter. For the spaceship player, this is an aerial combat game.