It seemed like it would never happen, but it finally has. Nintendo are bringing Metroid back, and in no small way. Not only did they announced Metroid Prime 4 is in development during their Nintendo Switch Direct, but also a remake of Metroid 2 for 3DS, as well as some gorgeous Metroid Amiibo!
It’s not much more than a logo teaser, but it’s still something. Also, watching this live, the hype was pretty tingly in certain areas of our body (my arms, I mean goosebumps on my arms). The space setting, the stars forming a vague Samus Aran logo, the “4”. Each element was punchy, daring us to believe. “Oh my God,” I muttered, “is it really Metroid Prime 4?” The logo “Metroid Prime 4” appears on screen.
It might not seem like a big deal to some people, but it’s sending out a really strong message. Along with the Pokémon Switch RPG announcement, it’s Nintendo saying “look, we hear you, we’re making these and they’re coming to Switch, don’t worry.”
It’s not just a new Metroid game, either, it’s going back to the Metroid Prime series. Maybe it would have been interesting to see something properly new, but after Other M, we’re more than happy to see them going back to something that worked so well before, even though the third game closed out the trilogy pretty nicely. It’s also not being developed by Retro (so who knows what they’ve been working on then), but by a “talented new development team”.
And if that wasn’t enough we also had an announcement for a Metroid 2 remake — titled Metroid: Samus Returns, a riff on the subtitle for the Game Boy original, Return of Samus. It’s 2.5D, and is being handled by MercurySteam, who also worked on the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow games, including the similarly 2D Mirror of Fate. They’re a safe pair of hands, for sure. Metroid 2 is one most people might have missed out on (even though it’s available on the 3DS Virtual Console), so it’s great to see this getting remade. Any excuse for a new 2D Metroid.
On top of that some gorgeous Metroid Amiibo have been announced too. The Metroid is even squishy!
I NEED THE SQUISHY METROID aMIIBO IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW WHY MUST TIME EXIST. pic.twitter.com/NYsa7UtkX9
— Dalagonash @ home (@Dalagonash) June 14, 2017
Metroid Samus Returns releases on 15th September 2017 for Nintendo 3DS, and Metroid Prime 4 releases at some point for Nintendo Switch.