Nintendo's Sakamoto: True Collaboration Essential To Great Games

The 28-year Nintendo veteran and Metroid maestro believes that the key to successful collaboration lies in identifying the essential elements of your project and working twoard them -- even if "unilateral, top-down control over every aspect of the project" would be "easier".

In Japan, developers who work on established franchises usually have very little control over the games that they develop -- which makes the turns that the Metroid series has seen as developers like Retro Studios and now Team Ninja, with the forthcoming Metroid: Other M for Wii, very surprising.

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