From 1up: "With the passionate love that fans have for 2D Metroid, it only makes sense that Nintendo would return to the format. One of the most persistent rumors has been Metroid Dread, which was never officially announced, but rumor-hungry appetites were whet again recently as Metroid Prime 3 dropped what could be interpreted as a subtle hint at the game. Nintendo has not commented officially on the matter, but a new interview from MTV News addresses Prime-developer Retro Studios on that very question. "It's not what you think it means," said game direct Mark Pacini. "It was [sic] something that was overlooked and wasn't in any way indicating anything about the handheld game. We know no information about the handheld games." Grilled about whether his studio was put in hot water from the supposed leak, Pacini denied that there were any repercussions and went on to explain: "We actually had a fictional element of something else in the game that by a large coincidence could be read that we were giving a hint about 'Metroid Dread,' which was not the case. It's a complete and utter coincidence." Retro producer Bryan Walker also chimed in with his own comment, saying they are "not that clever. No conspiracy." This would seem to put Dread to bed, at least from Retro's point of view; but for the millions of 2D Metroid faithful, it's doubtful any denial could make them lose their faith. " So a cover up? I dunno why Nintendo would want to keep this game such a big secret, unless they are experimenting with a game codenamed "Metroid Dread" and won't want to announce it unless they think it works as a full game. Perhaps this fictional element was gonna be something expanded into a DS title but left out as Nintendo canceled the project.