Nintendo, pay attention - this is exactly the direction we want to see the next Metroid game take. Gorgeous, side-scrolling, home console bliss.
Artist Alchemist Defined has mocked up a screenshot of what a new 2D Metroid could look like on Wii and we'd be lying if we said we weren't excited enough to go and write fan fiction and a poem about it.
With the Metroid Prime trilogy wrapped up and developer Retro Studios moving on to other things, Nintendo's moody adventure series is left in limbo. If we cross our fingers really tight, maybe Samus will return in on Wii in two dimensions, though we're not holding our breath.
The same artist has also made an awesome mock-up of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in HD (which we've included on the right), although that one's been doing the rounds on the internet for a bit longer.
Now, let's all load up the screenshot viewer and be nerdy together...