Between finished narrative threads and the absence of Retro Studios, this upcoming game could go with a different title completely and would probably be all the better off for it.
The eponymous Metroid Prime already died, so the naming doesn’t make sense other than continuing a brand. This should’ve been a new game that takes place after Metroid Fusion.
Bad guys and organisations come back or get replaced by worse ones in both movies and games, and even series. In fact in gaming it happens MORE than it does not in series. That's a weak excuse to say a game should not continue.
It's ASSUMED that Prime died. However, if you've seen the ending, you know she goes out the same way she always "died" before; by turning into a blue particle mist that, surprise surprise, reforms later on. Phaaze may have been the source of all phazon in the universe, but many are not convinced that the source being gone means a new source cannot be created from remnants. And what else would perfectly embody those remnants better than Dark Samus/Metroid Prime? And if not that, then finding a new source of energy and usurping that isn't out of the question. Such as, oh, I dunno, the very life energy that Metroids suck out of their victims? Lord knows the Space Pirates definitely have enough of those critters in stock in various places of the universe for DS/MP to take advantage of, corrupting their energies and renewing itself in the process.
I wasn't a huge fan of Prime but I would love for Nintendo to go all in with a 2.5D Metroid game for the Switch.
Loved prime to absolute death, prime 2 was great to but 3 didn't really need to happen.
Prime 3 was great. Looks great in dolphin running in HD 60fps too.
It’s as if Nintendo thinks a 3D first person Metroid game couldn't succeed if it wasn’t part of the Prime subseries. I was hoping Metroid Dread would be revived. “After finishing off the Metroid Prime Trilogy, however, Retro tried their hand at another big Nintendo franchise: Donkey Kong. They cranked out Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U. Both garnered critical praise, though neither made quite as much of a splash as the Metroid Prime Trilogy did.” Both Donkey Kong Country games sold better than the Metroid Prime games. Retro Studios had far more successful commercial outings with DKC than with MP.
still.. the Metroid Prime trilogy was amazing. I have the Wii Collection which added motion controls to the other games. I can't say enough good thing about the games.
I mean, Nintendo has plenty of reason to believe that a Metroid game not in the Prime series wouldn't be successful. The top 3 best selling games in the entire series are Metroid Prime, Metroid, and Metroid Prime 3, in that order. Not one of them ever broke 3 million copies, with the one in third place, MP3, not even managing to break 2 million. Trash like Paper Mario: Sticker Star sold more than the third highest Metroid game ever. That's just... Damn. lol Gamers whine and complained for new Metroid games, and then when they come out, they don't buy them. It's insanity. It happened with Samus Returns (it sold, what, 300,000?), and while I sure as hell hope it won't happen with the next Metroid game, it very well could. Oh well. I'll continue to buy and enjoy them for as long as they make them (without them being ass, anyway. I never finished Other M).
It's honestly sad because metroid prime is one of the greatest nintendo games ever made. Part of its lackluster sales is because the gamecube itself didn't really sell a whole lot. Other games like windwaker and luigi's mansion suffered lacklust sales because of this and their sequels were reduced to handheld games.
@ Neo Who said the Prime trilogy wasn’t amazing? @ Poo Doesn’t mean the every future 3D first person Metroid game should be under the Prime subseries.
Yeah, I don't get people who keep saying that Prime 4 is one of Nitnendo's real heavy hitters. The Donkey Kong series has consistently easily outsold Metroid. Don't get me wrong, I love the series and I'm glad a new one is coming out, but people talk like it's the Switch's saving grace when even Mario sports games are far more successful. As for whether or not the new one should fit under the Prime moniker I guess we'll have to see what the story is and how it plays before making judgement on that.
Unpopular opinion I was never a fan of Metroid Prime games but I always loved the 2D Metroid games. I would have much preferred if the Internal Ninty studio working on Prime 4 would instead make a brand new 2.5D Metroid from the ground up.
It makes sense people have been wanting a new Metroid Prime game and now they're going to get one I would have liked a side scrolling Metroid for the switch like they did with Super Mario Bros U.
Did you not see the true end of Prime 3?
It’s definitely mentioned in the article.
Doesn't mean it has to be titled 'Prime 4'. The ending is just an element in the universe's story. It's no different to one of the logs making reference to Metroid 1, you can't call them all Prime just because they use elements from other sources.
It’s weird we still don’t know what Retro Studios is up to. It’s been a while since Tropical Freeze. We should be hearing soon about what they’re up to. My guess is a DKC sequel for name recognition and marketing reasons.
I think them making a new Donkey Kong game rather than another Donkey Kong Country is more likely. Could be 3D or 2D, but I don't think it'd be a simple continuation of Donkey Kong Country Returns. Not that I necessarily think that they're making Donkey Kong, I just think that if they are it won't be another DKCR. We'll probably find out soon as it likely is coming out next year (possibly the year after).
Keen on having Retro at the helm and no one else.
The problem with that is, and which is why we also haven't seen a Prime game in so long, that the leads for directors, programming and art direction all left Retro after Prime 3. The people that really created those games are long gone.
Except Retro Studio isn't developing it. They are working on something else.
Pretty damn good article and now I have nothing to say.
I think all of this speculation is premature. Putting 4 at the end doesn’t insinuate that it’s part of the same universe. They could still set it apart from the trilogy and have it be “4” in name only. If the content is good, there won’t be much fuss about it. Why not wait for details other than a name? For all we know, Retro could actually be working on the game. I understand the hesitation, but we need more information to judge this as a bad move. Nintendo could also change the name of the game by the time it releases. We’re getting another 3D Metroid, and that’s what people want. I actually enjoyed M. I’m not sure why people hate it so much. It wasn’t THAT bad. People should stop with their expectations.
Unless they ignore the 100% ending in Prime 3 (and seeing how Fed Force plays directly off of Prime 3 ending) I think it will remain in that universe.
It makes so much sense. Best game announcement ever. I'm expecting greatness.
Metroid is the biggest draw to the Switch for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to play Zelda, but I'm not sure how I'll like all the changes. Metroid has always been one of my favorite franchises, but I haven't been able to play them since Prime 1. So ANYTHING Metroid is a big deal for me.
Ummm..... If you got the 100% ending of Prime 3, then you'd see that it wasn't actually over.
Prime is dead... This is just a code name, it could even be dredd :o
I for one am glad they bringing the prime series back, Nintendo try to do something different with the other M and it ended up being one of the worst Metroid ever created, the best way to make a 3D Metroid game is first person and I know Namco Bandai will do a great job
It's just the brand at this point. I think Prime is now just synonymous with 3d metroid. Also remember that writers can write whatever the hell they want. Maybe a new planet was discovered that is the origin of the metroids and there's now a more prime prime than prime. lel.
Yeah, if they can bring Spock back to life in Star Trek, they sure as hell can bring Prime back. It's sci-fi, which usually means fantasy with a science flavor.
Well it's simple. I've been saying it for the longest. Metroid Prime fanboys. I myself been asking for 2.5D Metroid on home console again.
I didn't know they had made a movie. Is it any good???
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