I love Metroid. It was one of the first games I ever played, and something about it enchants me. Samus Aran, the sci-fi trappings, Samus Aran, the interconnected world design, Samus Aran, all of it. It’s one of the few franchises I feel deeply fond of.
There was a question being floated around in the Waypoint community about what you Kingdom Hearts is. Meaning, what’s a franchise that you are wholesale bought into on its lore? Recently, I read the Metroid manga. And it’s good, it’s interesting, but it made me realize: on a deeper narrative level, Metroid hasn’t provided a lot for me to get excited about.
That’s not to say I can’t find things to look into. The manga actually adds plenty of substance to the world. The Metroid series has had themes of biological warfare, technology, ecology, and even things like trauma and motherhood for a long time. And there are absolutely readings (e.g. queer readings) of the text that enrich my enjoyment deeply.
But there is still, compared to some of my other favorites, a lack of substance, a lack of Lore Reasons TM if you will, when it comes to narrative. And that’s never stopped engagement. Supper Mario Broth should show that there’s plenty of depth to get out of even relatively simple franchises. But it’s very different from what I often consider my favorite qualities of art.
None of this makes me love Metroid any less. But it is a part of my relationship with it.
Is there anything you love that just hasn’t provided the kind of narrative depth you normally want? What would you want out of the series? What themes would you like to see explored? Or would you prefer that it stay simple and clean? How does all of this affect your relationship with the franchise?