Nintendo has finally given Metroid Prime: Federation Force a solid release date.
The 3DS blaster will hit North America on 19th August, and will be playable at this year's PAX East in Boston. The European release takes place a little later, on 2nd September.
Based on the Metroid Prime sub-series of titles but sporting a more kiddie-friendly look, Federation Force will launch alongside a spin-off title called Blast Ball.
Now it has an actual release window, are you feeling a little more confident about this divisive title? Let us know by posting a comment below.
I think as a game it will be fine. I have no ownership of the Metroid franchise, so don't mind this. I just hope it has a good single player portion. I didn't pick up Triforce Heroes as it's 90% multiplayer focus had no appeal.
Also wish Nintendo could release games worldwide at the same time. But I guess this way puts less struggle on the servers
Didn't they say spring in the last direct?
Darn, I thought it be Spring, but at least we got a release date, actually looking forward to this, i will admit i couldn't get into Metroid Prime Hunters because of the controls, so hopefully this will be much easier due to be on the 3DS that has more buttons (especially since I have the New 3DS XL)
A new trailer would be cool
i wonder if this is part of the rumored barrage of titles for the nx beyond mere compatibility. really, any nintendo release i read about now, i keep thinking nx.
Looking forward to this game. Only wish is if it was a new franchise so it wouldn't have the extreme high expectations of the Metroid Prime series.
I got to say the 3DS has a way better release schedule this year compared to 2015. Maybe not something for everyone but the system is alive and content keeps on coming.
I'll give the game the chance it deserves but will probably put it on the back burner as I have no actual excitement or stern desire to play it straight away.
Oh, Blast Ball is a seperate title? Interesting. I'm hyped for this either way! The 3DS really needs more online games.
The first [and likely only] online first person game woop!
This game still doesn't look very fun to me. I'll pay attention to the news about it, along with gameplay clips and reviews, but I can't see myself getting it.
@Moon I thought they were the same game too? Thought that was why everyone was kicking off at e3 as this was all they showed of regarding federation Force etc......
@Oubie oh yeah, the RPG's alone this year on 3DS are amazing.
@ULTRA-64 I thought they said Blast Ball was a seperate mode, not game. If they are indeed seperate games then I totally missed that announcement!
@ULTRA-64 you're not alone, I thought it was a mode available in-game.
Already have my preorder in for this game. This works better for me anyways.
@Mr_Zurkon Indeed! Especially if you live in Europe like I do. I liked Return to PopoloCrois and Bravely Second a lot and we're still waiting for Yo-Kai Watch (April 29) and Fire Emblem Fates (May 20). Lots of variety in the RPG's too
I thought that Blast Ball game was included in the game as a side mode, seems like it'll be like Star Fox Guard and be released separately.
Honestly don't know what to think of the game, it looks alright but I think Ninty needs to show us some more.
4 copies on pre-order, can't wait.
I wonder how the preview impressions will sound like. If there really is a lot to do in Single player like Uprising, I'm sold.
Pretty excited about this. I liked Hunters and am looking forward to the squad base missions. I'm so starved for anything Metroid, I don't mind something in the Metroid "Expanded Universe."
However angry I may be for there not being Metroid 5, the 3DS is deathly short on great shooters, so I'll be getting it regardless. But I'll also complain all along the way!
August? Cool, I'll still be playing Monster Hunter Gens then.
D-Lay! Stick it back in the oven, Nintendo... Maybe it'll come out with more Samus next time.
Still not sold at all on this game.
August sure is Spring all right.
@Spoony_Tech Spring = August at Nintendo HQ, or have you not been paying attention the past 3 years?
Seriously though, I was pretty sure this was announced as spring and only read the comments to see if anybody else said anything, I'm a calendar junkie. I'd check, but I don't care enough. Maybe later.
@rjejr I'm almost 100% sure they said spring. I remember telling someone I couldn't believe it was almost ready to release.
@rjejr NoA's seasons:
Spring = June, July, August
Summer = September, October, November
Autumn = December, January, February
Winter = March, April, May
So basically everything delayed by 3 months
So much for a 'late spring' release.
Well then... nothing but Kirby Robobot until E3 I guess.
MM 3D was set for Spring, but came out mid-February. I think they're just daft at this point.
@Spoony_tech Release Date Late Spring 2016. Yeah. I'd say August is pretty late spring.
Really don't understand why they didn't make a new metroid game for Wii U like metroid prime 4 instead of ......well this. Everyone wants a new metroid with samus Aran in it and for it to be a good story that goes along with the past metroid games. Common Nintendo people want the real deal instead of spinoffs. It's like how people wanted a new animal crossing for wii U then they make a crappy board game out of the idea of having an HD animal crossing.
So much for late spring...that is more than halfway through summer XD
Can see what the reviews are like before purchasing.
It was supposed to be Spring, not Late Summer. Oh well!...
We could have gotten a 2D platformer Metroid with awesome, modernized 3D graphics, but noooooooo...
I don't have high hopes for this thing, but I'll keep an open mind.. We won't know until it's out how good it actually is.
@EVIL-C Why on earth do you have 4 copies on pre-order?
The game would be easier to swallow as a small spinoff release if it didn't take well over a year to release after the reveal. But I guess that's just the disconnect between fan wants and Nintendo's own feelings on its games. It seems like they're way stoked on this game and giving it a ton of love, and we're all just sitting here waiting for it to come and go so they can do something else.
Is anyone here actually gonna THANK Nintendo when they announce launch title METROID PRIME NX.?
@EVIL-C Four copies? Care to elaborate a bit? I'm just curious is all
@Grumblevolcano It's better then Square Enix's calendar:
Now in Development = Probably never
2015 = 2017
Not trying to be negative or impatient. Just making a joke of course I'll happily wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 for as long as it takes
The more previews I watch and the more I get over the fact its a Metroid game the more I like it. It actually looks really cool it reminds me of Halo CE and thats high praise coming from me.
I'm afraid I know what this game's primary function will be.
(Yeah, I'm aware of the irony of this image being rendered by the same studio behind MPFF.)
@EVIL-C Why do you need 4 copies? Are you gonna sell them?
@Grumblevolcano That's accurate.
And as an FYI warning to everyone - w/ the NX possibly releasing this holiday - Nintendo's definition of "release window" is 9 months, so Pikman 4, Liugi's Mansion 3, Zelda NX, whatever games they say are "launch window" games, 1 will probably be at launch, the rest in May and Sept.
@Blue_Dread @TheHeroOfTime333 @iamDTS
20% Pre-order discount + 3 friends = co-op fun.
Q) Now it has an actual release window, are you feeling a little more confident about this divisive title?
A) I don't feel that the release date being announced for Metroid Prime: Federation Force effects my confidence in the title in any way, at least when it comes to the expected quality or my enjoyment of the game. The only way I could say my confidence has been effected is in feeling confident that I'll have time to play this game once it releases.
You see, the majority of the games I've been wanting this year have been releasing in the first half of the year. Having Metroid Prime: Federation Force coming out in September, in the 2nd half of the year, gives it a higher chance of being played as soon as I can get it. It should be a fun experience, as I'll likely be playing it alongside my brothers.
I'll be keeping half an eye on this one. I've only played the first four Metroids and have never played anything from the Prime series, though.
Just an observation, but the comment section here is, to put it mildly, way more optimistic towards this game than elsewhere. Take IGN's announcement article, for example; it's full of users bashing a game before it has been released.
That was quick. We saw a trailer at E3 and some gameplay in one Direct.
I wouldn't be surprised if the release is pushed back just so Nintendo has an extra major retail release after unveiling NX at E3.
@Spoony_Tech The first year where spring was in August!
I remember them saying that too so I'm a bit disappointed. I was hoping to have this sooner.
This would've been amazing news had they come up and say "it's cancelled" instead... Oh well.
I still can't understand how so many have instantly decided the game will be horrible because the invisible player character won't be Samus. It would have probably been better to use this game idea with new characters, so there isn't the hate from the fact that you aren't playing as Samus (which is merely for multiplayer story purposes, rather than gameplay purposes).
All you need to do as you play is pretend you are Samus undercover in the FF.
@maukenboost: In terms of IGN, I was referring to their parallel announcement of the release date that went up yesterday. Most of the comment section is filled with users ragging on the game.
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