A while back, I told someone I knew that if Nintendo would make a Metroid game for Nintendo Switch, I’d buy one. Metroid Prime 4 was announced at E3, and in less than a week, I responded to this announcement by going out and ordering a Switch bundle at Gamestop.
I know that I said before that buying a game when all you know about it is the title isn’t a good thing for the games industry, but there are exceptions. Games developed by Nintendo and Pokemon games are the safest bets out there. Of course, there are also games like Metroid Prime Federation Force, a game that I only recently started playing, and I’m disappointed with it all over again.
I kind of feel bad for Microsoft. They’ve worked so hard on a new console with 4K resolution (a technical spec which, if you didn’t know about it, you wouldn’t care about because all current-gen consoles look graphically identical). Then, on the day of their big announcement, Nintendo comes along and steals all of their thunder just by announcing a game and showing nothing more than its logo.
I remember when the first Metroid Prime was announced. People dissed it because they didn’t think it would turn out well as a first-person shooter developed by an American company. As it was being developed, I remember reading stories about drama involving the developer itself. Retro Studios was working on four games when they started on Metroid Prime, and by the time they were done, the team was down to half the size that it was when they started on it, with each one of them focused on Metroid Prime. Also, at some point along the way, Nintendo acquired Retro as a second party developer. As it turned out, Metroid Prime blew nearly everything released that year out of the water.
When Metroid Prime 2 was announced, there was doubt as to whether it could outdo the first one. But not only did it do that, it was actually better. And a third one was released for Wii, and it’s one of the best games on that system.
Considering the track record of the main Metroid Prime games up until this point, it might not be a bad idea to invest in some fresh boxer shorts. Because when Metroid Prime 4 drops, it’s going to demolish every pair within a 10 mile radius of it, and every child far enough from a game store to avoid it is going to run outside to catch the fallout on their tongues like snowflakes.
And it gets better. A 3DS Metroid game has been announced as well, with a trailer to go with it. Apparently, this is going to be a souped up remake of Metroid 2: Return of Samus. The new one is going to simply be titled, Metroid: Samus Returns. I went out and preordered the special edition, and completely paid it off. So yeah, if I haven’t gotten it across already, I want to play it.
This makes Nintendo’s move of going after AM2R make a little more sense, considering that they may not have wanted their game to compete with a similar fan game.
And yeah, there’s going to be new Metroid Amiibos, as well. I only recently gotten my first Amiibo, and it’s of Samus. I’m not really a huge fan of Amiibos, but I went and got one, and used it with Federation Force. It gives the mech a Samus-themed color, which aesthetically makes the game more bearable as well as give a missile bonus.
Metroid fans, lean times are nearly over. As you wait, perhaps you can give a classic Metroid game a go. The first three are on 3DS virtual console. Yes, even Super Metroid. Or, if you can find a copy, Metroid Fusion or Metroid Zero Mission. Or you can play any of the first three Metroid Prime games, if you want to catch up. Other M actually isn’t the complete unmitigated disaster it’s been made out to be. Or you can try Federation Force on the low likelihood that you’d find something to like. Not that I strongly suggest that one.
Metroid Fusion. This is what an awesome video game looks like. No 4K required.