Many Metroid fans got quite riled up last week when a promotional video released for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS fighter Dead or Alive: Dimensions showcased a Metroid themed stage featuring the iconic villain Ridley. I speculated at that time that Samus, the star of that series, could be included in the game as a playable character. Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi explains that this will in fact not be the case, saying:
“The concept of this game is basically to create the best version of Dead or Alive. Actually for the Metroid collaboration, we had help from Nintendo and they’re really friendly with us. But the concept of Dead or Alive as the best version of the game means Samus Aran or Metroid is something different. That’s why we are not focusing on that in terms of the concept. So talking about Samus Aran, is she playable or not? This time she’s not playable. But Samus Aran will be shown in the game. She comes to help the player. That’s the collaboration shown there [in the trailer]. But how you can unlock Samus Aran? Please find out by yourself.”
So, we can look for a cameo from Metroid‘s leading lady, but no playability. I honestly don’t have a big problem with that. A spartan from Halo may have been in Dead or Alive 4, but that doesn’t make her suitable for the game. Nobody uses her. DOA: Dimensions will launch exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS sometime shortly after the 3DS itself launches on March 25th.