Metroid: Other M is a 2010 action-adventure video game developed by "Project M", a team consisting of members from Nintendo, Team Ninja and D-Rockets, and published by Nintendo for the Wii console. It is part of the Metroid series and takes place between the events of Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion. The player assumes the role of bounty hunter Samus Aran, who investigates a derelict space station along with a Galactic Federation platoon, which includes her former commanding officer, Adam Malkovich. The game is played from both first- and third-person perspectives, and focuses on exploration and combat. Other M introduces melee attacks which could only be executed when an enemy's health was reduced to a certain degree.Impressed with the 2004 action game Ninja Gaiden, series co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto approached Team Ninja to develop Other M, while D-Rockets was brought in to handle the in-game cutscenes. The development team employed a simple control scheme to make the game more intuitive and attractive, and gave significant focus on plot and characterization, with extensive usage of cinematics and voice acting. Other M was first announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009, and was released in North America on August 31, 2010. This was shortly followed by the release in Japan, Australia and Europe in September 2010.