Metroid fans have been waiting for a long time for any news on new Samus adventures and after the lukewarm releases of the last few Metroid games in recent years, many were starting to lose hope. At their E3 segment, Nintendo gifted us with some good news. They will be releasing two titles, Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS and Metroid Prime 4 on the Nintendo Switch.
First off, Metroid: Samus Returns. Yoshio Sakamoto, Metroid producer, met and partnered with MercurySteam, the talented development team behind Castlevania: Lord of Shadows-Mirror of Fate. While this Metroid title is not a true ‘brand new’ Metroid game, it seems to be a brilliant re-imagining of the original Metroid 2 that came out for the GB back in August of 1991.
The visuals appear to be that of an exciting side-scrolling adventure using 3D models. With the 3DSs abilities, it can make the graphics really pop, the movements incredibly smooth and it gives the backgrounds beautiful depth.
Metroid: Samus Returns will be hitting 3DS on September 17th.
Now onto Metroid Prime 4. Nintendo has stated that it will not be made by Retro Studios who crafted the first three Prime titles. Kensuke Tanabe, the longtime Prime producer, will still be helming the project, but it will ultimately be created by a whole new development team that has yet to be named.
Past the promise of a brand new Metroid Prime adventure Nintendo did not offer up any additional information in regards to what we can expect from the upcoming 4th entry in the series. While Retro Studios, the team behind the previous installments, will not be developing this game, it will retain long-time series producer, Kensuke Tanabe, which should help alleviate concerns about the development of the title. We will have to keep our eyes peeled and be on the lookout for more reveals in the coming months.
Metroid Prime 4 will release for the Nintendo Switch but does not have a release date as of yet.
As a side note for avid Amiibo collectors, they also announced Metroid Amiibos for both titles. However, it is unclear when they will come out and what in-game functions they will have with their video game counterparts, and one of them is squishy!
For more E3 reveals, keep checking back!