MercurySteam is working with Nintendo on Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS, arguably one of E3 2017's biggest (and most pleasant) surprises.
What makes the game such a shock is that back in 2015, we reported on a rumour that the Spanish studio had pitched a 3DS Metroid to Nintendo, a claim which was later branded as "b******t" by MercuryStream co-founder Enric Alvarez.
Fast forward to the present day, and it seems that the official line has changed somewhat. Speaking to GameSpot, MercurySteam's Jose Luis Márquez revealed that the studio did in fact approach Nintendo about working on the series:
We approached Nintendo to make a remake of a classic game. We are also a fan of the series, so we were happy to know that they wanted to collaborate with us.
Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto adds some more detail:
I just wanted to start out by saying I've been wanting to make a 2D Metroid game with today's technology for quite a long time. It wasn't only my personal desire, but also because I know there are a lot of people out there in the world who have been clamoring for a 2D Metroid game.
For myself, I've been wanting to revisit that fundamental, basic, core essence of Metroid, that 2D gameplay, and I was considering ways to go about taking on that challenge. That was more than two years ago.
Then I heard of MercurySteam and they were looking to take on the challenge of remaking a Metroid game. It wasn't Metroid II, but again I'd heard about this desire from the MercurySteam team.
I knew MercurySteam from their development work on Castlevania. I thought, "We've got to meet with these guys," and so we flew out to Spain [where MercurySteam is located]. Over the course of that meeting, obviously we had a great time. It seemed like, wow, there's a lot of potential here, and basically that's really how it got started.
Sakamoto reveals that his desire to remake the second Metroid title comes from the fact that he wasn't directly involved with its development back in the day:
...personally, for myself, I didn't work on Metroid II. Of course it's a great game on its own, but it's a bit different than the Metroid titles that I've been involved with and I just saw that there's a potential within that title for me to take a look at it as well.
As you know, within Metroid II there's the really vital portion of the story that's very important to the entire Metroid storyline and that's Samus's first encounter with the baby Metroid.
So we had this sort of amalgamation or this sum total of all these different parts, the idea that I wanted to go back and work on 2D Metroid, I wanted to revisit a title that wasn't really a remake for me because I wasn't involved in the first one so there's this great source of inspiration in a Metroid game that I wasn't involved with but I could go back and take a look at and really explore that 2D, that fundamental gameplay, and then on top of that I had this amazing new partner to work with, so it all just sort of piled up together and became this project.
The Metroid producer also added that Metroid: Samus Returns will contain new features which go "above and beyond" what people might expect from a straight remake:
...there's a lot of new elements that we felt that we needed to add, things that were core to Metroid gameplay, so that would be some of these new abilities that we're looking at.
In addition to that, not only are there things that you would normally expect, again like new abilities, but we wanted to add something that was above and beyond that.
Again, above all the things that I knew we would have to do to remake this title, the other sort of big challenge was, who are we going to make this with? Who are we going to collaborate with that's going to bring in the right ideas, the right sensibility, and that was sort of like the beginning of the challenge, and also the beginning of the project.
Thanks to that collaboration with MercurySteam we were able to incorporate new stuff that is in line with what the series would expect, but on top of that, brand new stuff that is above and beyond that, and we were able to create what I think is a really wonderful installment in this series, and a large part of that is in thanks to this collaboration that we have.
One of the big new features seen in Metroid: Samus Returns is the ability to use melee attacks against enemies - something which calls to mind Metroid: Other M, which had similar close-quarters attacks. However, Luis Márquez explains that MercurySteam didn't lift this idea from Team Ninja's offering:
In our previous title Mirror of Fate we introduced these mechanics to parry enemy attacks at the same time you are going to be attacked. We thought that this could work quite well in this game, so we tried and it worked really well and it led to the feeling of exhilaration when you fight enemies.
Finally, Sakamoto was asked if there was any chance of a new 2D Metroid coming to Switch:
We are always, always thinking about ways that we can excite the fans of the series and come up with stuff that they will want to see and play, and we love that challenge, but there's nothing we can discuss in terms of Switch at this point. Yeah, we'll discuss it.
Metroid: Samus Returns arrives this September.
It's good to have another 2D Metroid game but I'd prefer if it was new and on Switch.
Cool! I can't wait to play it!!
I love how increasingly international Nintendo is becoming. From taking more design elements from Western games to partnering with more non-Japanese developers, a previously pretty homogeneous organization is now getting some really different perspectives. That can only be a good thing.
This is the game that will make me pick up my 3ds
I'm glad they're entering this project as big fans of the series. That's the chance for making things right after the countless problems with Mirror of Fate's level design.
Wish this was coming to Switch instead. It needs a 2D metroid.
No, they said that the rumour that they pitched a 3DS AND Wii U Metroid concept was BS. That was completely true, they were only pitching an idea for a single game, which turned out to be the 3DS version. If the rumour were true, there would be a Wii U game coming out as well.
I would of loved to of seen dread but hey this looks awesome! I'm buying a new 2ds XL for this
Their use of 3d makes me want this even more. I've always wanted a 3d Metroid and the fact these guys did an excellent job on MoF implementing 3d has me even more excited.
@shaneoh So just because the rumour stated that the pitch included the Wii U as well, it was total b******t? That makes sense to you?
Consider me very very much excited Metroid 2 was the first title I played through in the series on my Gameboy back in the day and I loved it , it is the title that turned me into a Metroid fan and I'm one of the ones that really liked Castelvania Mirror of Fate so I am very excited for this can't wait.
Can't wait to play this on my 3DS, that other portable console.
Now re-release the Prime series with updated HD graphics, HD Rumble and Joycon use for Switch until number 4 is ready and I'll be happy.
Denying the rumour was the best course of action at the time for them. They had likely only just started development and would have received a very stern slap on the wrist from Nintendo had they confirmed it. Nintendo really like their secrets to stay secret.
You guys act like the 3DS has no games before or after Metroid comes out. Have you guys already finished your backlog? I'll still be playing my 3DS all year and all next year.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE @8-Bit_Zorldo Reggie specifically stated Samus Returns was put out on the system with the nearly 70 million install base to push hype for Prime 4, which will come out when the Switch's install base is much larger.
The guy actually made perfect sense for once.
For me this was one of the best games shown at E3, I like the Prime series but to me 2D Metroid is where it's at so I am actually excited for this game more, especially since I have barely played Metroid 2!
@8-Bit_Zorldo There's a reason you never put all your eggs in one basket. It's so you have more as a back up.
The people clamoring about abandoning the 3DS are foolish people who don't understand how bad of an idea that is right now. Switch only has 3-3.5% the install base the 3DS has. The Switch for that matter is still in it's infancy, and has only been on the market 3 and a half months now.
Abandoning the 3DS now would just be alienating a crap load of potential customers for no reason.
This is, without doubt, the best thing to come out of E3 for me. Hopefully, this'll sell well and encourage Nintendo to make a proper Metroid 5 and carry the narrative beyond Fusion.
This should have been part of the Spotlight. Regardless, I will be presented ordering and possibly picking up a New 3DS to play on if I can find a normal sized one here in the States.... Maybe my launch 3DS has some life in her yet. ; )
They certainly didn't lie. If the question had been if they had pitched an idea for the Wii U OR the 3DS, and they said it was BS, then they would have lied. Looking at his response even it is ambiguous:
"Is the rumour that you created a Metroid prototype for Wii U and 3DS also b******t?
Enric Alvarez: That's more b******t."
By "more BS" does he mean that it is additional BS on top of already existing BS ("great, more work for me."), which, as above, would still be true, or that it is mostly, but not completely, BS ("I'm more of an RPG fan than a FPS fan."), which is still true.
To put it another way, it would look like an AND gate. Where the Wii U (A) and the 3DS (B) are the inputs and the truth of the rumour is the output (C). 4 possible combinations, only one of which results in the statement being true.
The type of Metroid game being rumoured is in no way similar to what we are getting either.
I love mucking around with language. The truth you say isn't always the truth another person hears. A friend once asked me to tell a teacher that he wasn't there that day. I told the the teacher, when asked, that "I can't say I've seen him." If the teacher took it to mean that I hadn't actually seen him, that's not my problem.
Well, at least they didn't just slap something together after the C&D to try and cash in. This looks like a labor of love. I'll probably pick this up on 3DS if they guarantee it's not coming to switch. Not a big fan of double dipping anymore. I could see them including this as a preorder bonus for Prime 4 down the line.
Samus Returns (to form)!!!
'Those are the moves I remember!'
All I know is that the fact that this exists is now making me imagine the very real possibility of an expanded remake of Super Metroid on the Switch, possibly incorporating some of mythos revealed in the Prime 3 logs, and how many heads would explode if that ever happened.
I'm also curious if we'll see any planned elements or mechanics from the ill-fated "Project Dread" in this entry.
@NewAdvent Agreed. The original Metroid II has aged poorly and really needs a modern update, the linear map design, simplistic environments, and lack of gameplay variety all make it feel like a relic of a past era so it's great that it's getting a huge facelift. Even though we already had AM2R which did the same this game feels like a step above even that so I couldn't be more excited to play it.
This game better be 60 fps.
Of course they would deny it back then. Admitting they were doing it would have killed the surprise. They probably signed a nda or whatever that is for gaming. So saying they were doing it could have gotten them off the project.
I jumped out of my chair when Prime 4 was revealed, but I did it again when this was announced. Looking forward to it, I really am.
I already pre-ordered it! This remake is more than I could have imagined for Metroid 2. Again if you have not downloaded the 3D trailer on for your 3DS, do it! WOW! I LOVE the fact that Nintendo is releasing this on the 3DS. The 3DS is still an amazing system and the 3D on the New 3DS is hands down the best implementation of glasses-free 3D available on any device. I wonder if this game takes advantage of the additional power of the New 3DS?
Thanks again Nintendo! I can't wait
it's kind of a shame that it's not on the Switch too. I'll never say no to a new proper Metroid. But returning to my 3ds is kind of a miss.
Who cares how it happened, as long as it did happen and it's happening. I can't wait. Best announcement of E3 easily.
@abbyhitter For sure, my 3DS is far from being through. To be honest, when RPG Maker Fes comes out in 2 weeks, I may never touch my Switch again. Lol
I may have to blow into my L and R buttons everytime I play, but I just can't resist one more grand adventure with my 3DS
Looks like it'll be a labour of love, and thats good.
Hopefully if it sells well, a 2D Metroid for Switch will happen.
It's hysterical going back to the old "BS" article and reading the comments Hindsight and all that....
This will blow up every rumor thread on every Nintendo site forever more. EVERY rumor will now be true, and infinite word parsing will ensue to show how the rumor could still be true!
I still wish it were on Switch for many reasons, and I still want may 2D Metroid games. But in this interview he hedged around 2D metroid on Switch (which, to me, means "yes if sales on this are good"), and in Treehouse day 1 he signed off saying something about hoping this is the beginning of many 2D metroids or something like that. So I think it's like Fire Emblem. If this sells like crazy like Awakening, we'll be inundated with twice-annual 2D Metroid
There's good reason for this to be on 3DS though. The obvious, as Reggie (surprisingly) openly said, driving hype for Prime and Switch by using the much bigger platform. But also, Mercury Steam had an engine ready to go to make kind of a perfect 2.5D platformer that already was put to excellent commercial use on the platform. Why not take the opportunity to use it while the platform is still in its prime? Also, in Treehouse, for the first time in YEARS they kept promoting how awesome the 3D looks. I haven't heard 3D promoted since around when WiiU launched. But I believe it. Mirror of Fate remains one of my top 3 examples of 3D on 3DS done PERFECTLY.....so much as I want to put my 3DS away, this game really is a perfect "one last run" for what will likely be the last autostereoscopic 3D display we see on a consumer device. And finally, 2 platforms on a time delay gives the opportunity to give us a 3DS 2D Metroid, and later a Switch 2D Metroid. IF they put this on Switch first, it would much more likely be the only one for some time. For 2D Metroid fans, it's probably a good deal.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE I would argue that it's better to have it release on the 3DS. Reggie himself said Nintendo wanted to release it on the 3DS rather than the Switch because 66 million people would be able to play a new Metroid game. It makes sense for a franchise that hasn't seen a good game for years. This way millions people who wanted to play Metroid can get their hands on it this September.
@NewAdvent How does one 2D Metroid game and a remake of a Famicom Fire Emblem game undermine the Switch when in 2017 alone, it is getting the following....
A brand new shiny 3D Mario game in Mario Odyssey, a sequel to a successful new IP in Splatoon 2, another new IP that Nintendo is pushing with Arms, a port of a Zelda game that takes the franchise in new directions, and a port of Mario Kart 8
That's a pretty damn good first year. I don't recall a system having a better first-year since the Dreamcast.
And in 2018, Switch owners will get a new Kirby game, a new Yoshi game and......
METROID PRIME 4!
So, Switch owners are getting a brand new Metroid game themselves.
I can understand how people may be upset that they can't play this game on the Switch, especially if they sold off their 3DS, but look at it another way.
There are millions of 3DS owners like myself who are unlikely to get a Switch this year. Why can't we have a title like Metroid that we can be proud of and look forward to?
In a year, the Switch will get Metroid Prime 4. Let the 3DS enjoy some of the limelight when it comes to Samus' Comeback.
This alongside Fire Emblem Echoes and the special editions of Pokemon Sun and Moon are treats for 3DS owners. In 2018, we'll be lucky if we even get one major title on the platform. Let us enjoy the last year of full support from Nintendo.
Because Dragon Quest VIII, Fire Emblem Echoes, Metroid: Samus Returns, and the special editions of Pokemon Sun and Moon, alongside getting Pokemon Gold and Silver on the VC is a nice way to go out.
@Caryslan I highly doubt Prime 4 will come out next year, since we didn't even see a trailer for it yet, but other than that I agree with what you're saying.
To me it would've made sense to release this on both 3DS and Switch. Perhaps a Switch port will be released someday, but anyway, I'm super excited for Samus Returns on 3DS!
I need my pixels. This game won't age as well as super and fusion because of the "art-design"
Absolutely cannot wait to play this. Been a fan of the series for 25 years. Still skeptical because this is MercurySteam and how they bastardized Castlevania.
I'm also still waiting for Fusion 2!
I can definitely see their reasoning behind releasing it on 3DS but I think they need to find a way to get more stuff on Switch too. Even just releasing the same game for both Switch and 3DS. Instead of Ultra Sun and Moon they maybe could've have went with Stars and had it on both 3DS and Switch. I personally sold my 3DS/DS games and my consoles since I figured with Switch being portable that it would serve as my handheld too and not have to have multiple consoles to buy games for. I do agree that they should definitely not just completely drop support for 3DS while it is still doing so well. But I can see third parties continue making their games only for 3DS and not bothering with Switch.
Let's see, looks nice for the most part. But I'm a bit worried about eh controls, but maybe I'm overreacting.
Also I can't help but to think AM2R has a notable presence here, because that game managed to exactly accomplish what zero mission did to the original (for the most part)
I loved Mirror of Fate. I can't see how it got the negative reviews it did. Aside from the frame rate, I loved everything about it. Mercury Steam was a great choice. Now if Metroid Samus Returns was coming to Switch, I might actually play the game. 2D HD Metroid II would be my jam.
@shaneoh You're mincing words and make it sound like it would be two separate, different games, when in fact, the original rumor was about ONE single game, that would be for both 3DS and Wii U.
They LITERALLY said "it was planned to be developed for both Wii U and 3DS"
It as in ONE game, two versions.
A good comparison would be Smash Bros U, same game on both systems as well and MercurySteam would probably have added some interactivity between the two systems as well, just like Smash Bros had.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Well, we have the big Metroid franchise coming to the Switch, so that's already covered. And seeing as Nintendo is going to keep supporting the 3DS into 2018 and beyond, why should they not put a Metroid game on there as well?
To me it seems that both systems win, so normally, everybody should be happy about that.
Looks like most people are saying what I was thinking, and that is that we'd like to have a NEW 2D Metroid, not yet another remake. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, because it's also made vets and newcomers happy all the same. But is it that hard to be inspired to create a new 2D Metroid?? Is it that they just don't want to tackle the story after Fusion, or do they feel they "peaked" with Super Metroid? I don't know, it just sounds like malarkey and laziness to me, but that's just my opinion. I'll look forward to MP4 as I continue to wait, again, for a NEW 2D Metroid. (At this rate, they'll remake Super Metroid into a 3D game, which will make us lose our minds, but will still sidestep a NEW 2D Metroid... sigh...)
Wait, so the @NintendoLife staff is allowed to repeatedly write "b******t" in this article, but we as users have to be extremely careful not to use or hint at such cursewords in our comments and posts?
Not that I would use them that often, but I remember a NL Mod in the comment section stating that even vague abbreviations such as "BS" are a grey area at best.
I do understand that younger people are on this site and that it's NL's goal not to expose them to cursewords. And despite my thinking that it's part of the world (which even children have to learn about eventually) and - more importantly - an integral part of human communication, I do find this goal commendable and fully respect it.
Still, I'd like some clarification about that: Are we as users allowed to use terms like "b******t" (only with asterisks of course) or not?
@NEStalgia Yeah, I was just about to comment on some of those old comments, they're hilariously salty and MASSIVELY wrong. All so sure that this would never come about, and look at it now...
@shani That's a censored quote from a developer.
I'm beyond hyped for this. I've been wanting a new 2D Metroid on 3DS ever since A Link Between Worlds was announced. I thought it'd be cool if Metroid also got the 2.5D treatment, and sure enough the game looks great. And I need those amiibo!
@MeloMan Seems more like 50/50 to me. I always find it funny how people are unable to see beyond their own needs and wants and not see the bigger picture.
As a business move, this is a really good one, almost brilliant. They'll use the 3DS remake as bait for the Switch game and you also have to remember that from those 66 million 3DS owners, probably well over half have either never even played a Metroid game, or at least not one as old as the SNES version, so to them it actually IS a new Metroid game.
And since it's completely remade, it is only similar in story, so for all intents and purposes, it is a new game in the general sense as well. I really don't see anything to dislike here.
We the people that do know the original game, get to revisit it after all these years, which will definitely set the stage again in a good way to get mentally geared up/more hyped for playing another game in the Metroid Prime series, so what is there not to like?
The glass is definitely half full this time, you only need the right perspective to see that...
It's gonna take a while for me to transition to a new system with $80 CAD game launch prices. I do a silent cheer every time a new 3DS game is announced this year.
@Damo Ah okay, that makes sense I guess. Didn't realize the developer literally called it that. ^^
Or rather, I hadn't opened the link behind that word. Seems like it was the Eurogamer interviewer who started it originally.
Thanks for clearing that up! 👍
Why the hell do you people want to get rid of the 3DS?
I love double screen gaming.
The 3D effect. The touchscreen. The bite sized games. It's a different experience.
And games are designed differently for 3DS than for a console.
I hope 3DS is here to stay for even more years.
@ThanosReXXX " They'll use the 3DS remake as bait for the Switch" So....it's bait....and Switch..?
@MeloMan It really IS a new Metroid game though. It's less a remake and more a reimagining. It takes the same story, with the same bosses in the same sequence. The level design is only loosely based on the original (new maps, with some similar features, that connect to the same other new maps. Combat is almost entirely new systems. It's hard not to call it new any more than Zero Mission couldn't have been called new.
Maybe you really meant story-wise, but honestly, I've been playing Metroid since the Metroid 1 ARCADE CABINET, and I still have zero idea what the heck the story actually is and therefore ignore story entirely. It's just a cool labyrinth to explore with a cool protagonist with unusual abilities. Trying to make sensible story out of the thing gave us Other M...which I've still actually not played but based on fan reaction, I'm blissfully happy ignoring story
@fafonio I love the 3DS. It's my favorite platform of all time, finally surpassing SNES. I didn't want it to ever go away. And then I got a Switch. And it manages to be almost everything I love about 3DS and then add even more to it, like a Fusion (heheh, pun intended) between 3DS and WiiU. I want to play everything on it. 2D Metroid, Mario Odyssey, Halo, Forza, Uncharted....it's a magic box that I want to play everything I want to play on Much as I love 3DS I can't feel bad about loving it's successor that much more (I loved my NES, but didn't feel bad loving the SNES more.)
BUT I do agree with you....the second screen is very handy for games like this. I don't care about the touch screen....Switch has an even better one in portable mode ) Or bite sized games (Switch can play those too), But I DO miss the 3D effect. I know a lot of people can't use it, but that's one thing I knew Switch wouldn't have but really really wished it did. Castlevania is the one game I always think of when I think of great 3D effect, and Metroid looks like it will do even better. 3DS struggles (badly) in even shaded sunlight though....that's one thing I REALLY love about Switch...it's not an iPad but it holds its own.
They're both great systems. My two favorite systems of all time. Nothing wrong with liking the newer one a bit more. I miss 3D though.
@NEStalgia Good one.
I hope it goes well.. so that Nin wants to finance more metroid games once again.
Because frankly, it's insulting when they give as a reason that there's nothing new and fun to do with those franchise, hense no new games, when it's really just about $$$.
I doubt we'll see anything big about Star Fox in a loooong while.
@fafonio I wish they would too for wiiu lol...
I think the industry is horrible now. You buy a console and and it's expected to be garbage in 5 years.
That last quote gives this Switch owner some hope!
I know there are lots of people who are miffed that Nintendo is still bringing some great games to the 3DS because they wanted the Switch to be the one and only place where Nintendo puts games from now on (i.e. no more having to own multiple machines to play all first party Nintendo titles).
I am sure that it will be that way in the future. The 3DS will only last another year or so. After that it will be all Switch for Nintendo.
In the meantime, the 3DS is still around and it is still a great place for Nintendo to make money with its large installed base and the fact that developing games for it is quite cheap (especially when most of their current output is remakes and ports that make use of existing game engines and can be made by small teams). They would be foolish to throw that market away prematurely.
When Switch 2 eventually comes around I am sure it will be 100% backward compatible and there will not be this split market issue any longer. Early adopters will be able to upgrade and never go back to their old Switch, even if Nintendo keeps releasing titles for it.
Since the Switch release, my 3ds is pretty much retired. Wish this was on Switch too. I want to play this, but I'm not sure if I'll want it on the 3ds. So many good games coming up, which ones to buy....
I hope there will be a physical release for 3DS!
Metroid: Samus Returns.
Considering the wait for a non-spinoff game, I'd say that title is appropriate.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE I'd love to see Metroid 5, and I wish they would have used sprite animations instead of 3D models, but honestly I've wanted a remake of Metroid 2 since Zero Mission came out, so I won't complain!
This has GOT to come to SWITCH!
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Well, it looks like it's going to be like Zero Mission was; a supposed remake, but only the story, map structure with major areas, and some of the abilities were kept. It had new bosses, completely new rooms, new challenges, new abilies, a new gameplay style and story section at the end, etc. It basically feels like a completely new game, and I'm pretty sure this will be like that, too.
No, it's irrelevant whether the game would have been the same or not for both platforms. The point is whether both platforms were getting any Metroid games from MercurySteam.
I'm really torn on this now.I'm planning on buying a Switch when I'm able to get one and now this game is coming out.
@CrazedCavalier Yep it makes great business sense and adding another great game to the 3ds library is always welcomed
@shaneoh They pitched it for both, apparently, so that certainly is a point. However, as we now know, Nintendo decided that it would be best suited to the 3DS, and I think it's a pretty safe bet that it was also Nintendo's idea to do the remake instead of MercurySteam's idea.
But that takes nothing away from the fact that they pitched it for two systems, and as such, no actual lies were told and never was there any mention of two separate/different Metroid games.
That is how your comment read, anyways, so if that's not what you meant, then I interpreted it the wrong way, so my bad.
Either way, the most important thing to take away from all this is that Nintendo saw their talent from what they showed in their pitch, and they gave one of their big franchises to them, which says quite a lot.
On a side note: I'm pretty sure it's going to be a great game, so personally I'm really looking forward to it.
Anyone else notice how Dark Samus-ish Samus's visor looks in the box art? It's usually not that narrow looking.
Dark Samus confirmed for Prime 4!
I think the team had the bottom screen in mind before they realized what the switch actually was. I don't mind it on the 3ds. If only the 3ds allowed gba games then it would have all of the 2D metroids.
Biggest highlight of E3 for me. Wiiu is dead-and I don't know when I'll get a switch-so this was a pleasant surprise. I hope nintendo keeps the 3DS going and give it a good 10 year run when its all said and done (like the original game boy). I'm still in awe of 3d gaming and will miss it when it's gone. Maybe they'll continue outsourcing 3ds first party titles to keep internal resources focused on Switch, but keep a veteran nintendo guy steering the ship on these partnerships. Could be interesting...or we get Other M again, lol. Don't care what anyone says but Federation Force was pure awesome. Such a shame a$$holes at large killed it months before it released.
This was my biggest highlight too, and such a pleasant surprise. I can't wait!
@Gridatttack It's also notable because a single person primarily made AM2R, while SR will have been made with hundreds of people involved.
@ThanosReXXX It would be interesting to learn in a postmortem how Mercury's pitch was successful where so many previous ones on various titles towards Nintendo had failed.
Nintendo won't ignore the 60 million install base they have on the 3DS. From a business perspective it would be a stupid move, and Nintendo IS a business first.
That said, even when I get my Switch I'll be playing my 3DS for a long time, just like my Wii U and -gasp!- my Wii, since my backlog is stupidly huge, and as somebody with a normal adult schedule, I can't sit all day at home playing.
More on topic. I liked what I say in the Treehouse, so while it won't be a day one for me since I'm not a Metroid die hard fan, I think I'll eventually get it down the road.
@PlywoodStick In a post mortem? That's cruel...
But all joking aside, that would indeed be interesting to know. Considerably larger parties have tried and failed, so they must have really seen something special in them.
Even more so considering that they gave them one of their big franchises, so that really speaks volumes.
@Luna_110 Nowadays it's even well over 66 million...
But you're right: it would be quite stupid to not take advantage of that as a business.
Can't wait! I absolutely loved Castlevania. This will be even better. Good luck!
@Luna_110 I'm not a huge Metroid Fan either but I'm really excited for this game and the company Making the game. I thought they did an excellent job with Castlevania on 3DS.
I too have a backlog back to Wii and PlayStation 2 myself. I have just recently been able to jump in and go through it. I beat Muramasa a couple days ago on Wii. If anyone hasn't played that I highly recommend getting it for Wii or play it on Wii-U. Awesome!
I rather it be on the Switch, running at 1080p. 2D. I remember playing Sonic Advance for the Game Boy Advance, and kind of feeling sad that a Sonic Game is now relegated to a handheld because it's in 2D. Now if this Metroid Game is a masterpiece, it's going to be a masterpiece stuck at 240p. So many games stuck in that boat.
@jimi From what I remember Zero Mission and Fusion on the GBA sold quite well as well actually. I will definitely get this in support for more Metroid games in the future.
The trouble with federation force I think is that it came out when other games were out. Also it got that horrible demo that showed off none of the cool parts of the games. I actually forgot it was out since I was playing other games at the time.
@jimi Yep, it's always about money ...
Also, don't try to make sense of the internet; it's mostly vocal 13yo gamers. I don't know how many times I've read '' I want f-zero'', when it's obvious that most of them won't buy it. It's like a trend.
To be fair, M:OM was really good, I loved it still. It was hugely underappreciated. Yes, it had cheese, pretty bad cheese.. but it was common japanese cheese that we've seen million of times before in pretty much all their medium. The localization didn't help too.
Honestly, it's mostly a cheap advertisement campaign on their part. I'm a huge metroid fan and I never knew about mzm or fusion before seeing in store. I heard about Prime 3 just a couple of days before the release. Same with M:OM.
And finally, I'm not very confident, sadly, in the upcoming metroids as pretty much all the creative minds behind the ones we loved are not involved. Although, I'm very interested in FForce, but I do not own a 3ds.
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