Yoshio Sakamoto, the co-creator of the Metroid series, worked on Metroid: Samus Returns as a producer for the project.
Given that the project was a remake, some may be wondering why Sakamoto decided to take on a leading role in Metroid: Samus Returns. Here are his full comments on the matter.
Because [Metroid 2] is more than 20 years old now, I felt it necessary to take this chance to retell that story anew, to bring it to the attention of so many game fans once more. My role as producer on this project was to get this process started and then to help navigate the various challenges in preserving the charm of the original game while still bringing our own new interpretations to it that would culminate in the greatest possible remake.
I guess Sakamoto’s intention in making Metroid: Samus Returns one of the best possible remakes ever has come true!