Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto is working alongside Team Ninja to develop Metroid: Other M for Wii, but if you were hoping for a legion of old school Metroid designers to join Sakamoto, you might be a little disappointed. I asked Sakamoto what other veteran Metroid staff was working on Metroid: Other M at E3.
"From the Super Metroid staff, we actually don't have anyone working on this Other M project," explained Sakamoto. "But we have two members of the previous handheld versions of Metroid working on the game; one gentleman worked on maps and some of the traps from the previous games and we also have a designer who worked on the digital elements from the handheld games."
But hey, Sakamoto was the director on Metroid, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission. Curiously, he wasn't involved with Metroid II: Return of Samus, but he did oversee production of the three Metroid Prime games at Retro Studios.
That's enough for experience for me, kids.