Like many of you when this years E3 rolled around I was anticipating the release of a new Metroid Game. Its been 5 years since Metroid: Other M and that was a marmite addition into the franchise. Then there was news coming from the many grape vines that a title could be announced at E3 with developers Retro Studios teasing an appearance by posting “Can you dig it” to Twitter. Agreed this is not exactly 100% confirmation however it seemed the likely case. However what was revealed was something that nobody expected.
A game that barely resembles the Metroid universe and yet for some inexplicable reason Nintendo decided to slap Metroid Prime on the front. Now the Metroid title is quite a prestigious name. So regardless of what is shown there will alway be a mountain of pressure behind it. Pressure to deliver another isolated adventure in the farthest reaches of space. This series may not be as popular as Zelda or Mario however it is a key series for them. It adds variety to their already stellar collection of franchises.
Metroid is not for kids. Its dark, its gloomy its frankly damn right scary at parts. It’s aimed at the older audience and is what draws people to your console. This is Nintendo’s answer to games like Dead Space. Those claustrophobic games where you truly get lost only to jump out your seat from something from within the darkness except with Nintendo’s unique input. Then we were shown Metroid: Federation Force.