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E3 2017: Two ‘Metroid’ Games Announced For 3DS And Nintendo Switch

Dreams eventually do come true, as Nintendo finally answered a prayer Metroid fans have held since 2007.

One of Nintendo’s longest-running and most influential franchises, the Metroid saga has been in a bit of a rough spot as of late with fans. The most recent title- Metroid Prime: Federation Force/Blast Ball– was a surprisingly competent multiplayer shooter for the Nintendo 3DS, but longtime fans of the series were quick to dismiss the title for being a relaxed spin-off of the Metroid series, starring Galactic Federation soldiers and not the famed Varia Suit-clad bounty hunter. 2010’s Metroid: Other M was the last Metroid title to release for a home console; akin to the gap between Super Metroid¬†(SNES) and Metroid Prime¬†(GameCube), no new Metroid titles released for the Wii U. Despite the game successfully answering questions sparked by Metroid Fusion‘s story, the Team Ninja-developed Other M received negative backlash for poor writing and characterization, reducing Samus Aran from a confident bounty hunter, to a frail former soldier who blindly follows orders.

It seems Nintendo has been secretly listening to the cries of Metroid fans, as a brief teaser for a new Metroid game was shown during the E3 2017 Nintendo Spotlight presentation; with a blast of blue smoke and the number “4”, Nintendo announced that Metroid Prime 4 was currently in development for the Nintendo Switch; it was revealed in the following Nintendo Treehouse broadcast that Metroid Prime 4 will not be developed under veteran Retro Studios, but a “talented new development team”.

Upon praising the success of the Nintendo 3DS in 2016, Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime revealed the debut gameplay trailer for a second new Metroid game, Metroid: Samus Returns. Developed under Mercurysteam, Samus Returns is a complete remake of 1991’s Metroid II: Return of Samus for the Game Boy. The remake includes abilities from the more recent 2D games (i.e. Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion), and will include fully-3D environments and character models to take advantage of the handheld’s telescopic 3D effects.

Metroid: Samus Returns will release for the 3DS on 9/15. A release window has not been scheduled for Metroid Prime 4, but is expected to arrive sometime “beyond 2017”.

Source: Nintendo
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