Despite the sad reality that Metroid has fallen on hard times recently, the series has been a tentpole Nintendo franchise for nearly as long as the company has been in the gaming business. Many Metroid games still stand as some of the best available on Nintendo platforms, which makes it that much more of a sting that the series hasn't always been given the attention that it deserves.

Although it's gone almost completely unnoticed officially, 6th August is an important milestone in how it marks the 30th anniversary of Metroid. The series is getting its first release since 2010's divisive Metroid: Other M in just a few weeks, with the co-op focused Metroid Prime: Federation Force aiming to tap into the popularity of the Metroid Prime name. Otherwise, the future of Metroid is rather unclear, though various developers from past games have made noises indicating that there's some tentative plans for more games in years to come. Hopefully, Federation Force will be the start of a new chapter for Metroid.

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