Nintendo has released Volume 3 of their Metroid Dread report. The title is “Seven Points that Define the 2D Saga.” View it here.
The report focuses on Samus’s history and her abilities, as well as gameplay and the timeline (with Other M myseriously absent). It even makes this statement:
This statement is entirely, 100% untrue. Even if you give them the benefit of the doubt, even if you say “the Prime saga is separate” – which technically it is – it completely ignores Other M, which came out in 2010. What does “being an interquel” have anything to do with it? It was a new game. It came out 11 years ago. As far as we know, it was part of the game’s canonical timeline. End of story.
It’s very difficult for me to interpret this as anything other than Nintendo actively attempting to de-canonize the game. The webpage also shows Metroid 1, 2, 3, and 4 and makes mention of Zero Mission and Samus Returns. Why ignore Other M?
Drama aside, new screenshots!
The upcoming Volume 4 plans to focus on the game’s story so I guess we will see once and for all if Nintendo considers Other M not worthy of ever being mentioned again in any public materials.