Arguably the most appealing game of Nintendo's surprising E3 2009 show was the one that many people anticipated, yet were very unprepared for. The game was one of many alongside the list of franchises fans were hoping Nintendo would return to, yet it was also very unexpected - what was even more surprising was its nature as a collaboration, between Nintendo and Team Ninja. Amidst all the anticipation, there was very little anyone could say negatively outside the comedic. Yet despite anticipations of a radically new breed of Metroid to come from this hybrid, Other M is both something old and something new. It is a return to the initial foundations of the series, yet very much its own experience, with many factors to distinguish itself from its peers.