If there was one thing that got a strong reaction from Nintendo’s E3 2015 press conference, it was Metroid Prime: Federation Force. However, unexpected by Nintendo, the strong reaction was fury. How much fury? Well, to date the trailer has 7,529 likes to 71,148 dislikes, as well as a change.org petition demanding Nintendo to cancel it.
Talking with Mashable at E3, Reggie said: “What the fan at home saw was something in the Metroid Prime universe that they weren’t expecting. The reaction has been negative. There’s no sugar coating it.”
The not expecting part? That Metroid Prime: Federation Force would be part of the series in name only as Nintendo was “taking [their] great IP and transforming them and making them new again — making them fresh and appealing for the fan who feels they know the franchise. But [Nintendo] giving them new things to enjoy.” Which this mentality has sparked a few cynical comments about how they’re using brand recognition to sell an unrelated game.
This has especially hit home to Metroid fans as Metroid Prime: Federation Force would be the first in the series to come onto current-gen consoles. Perhaps even rubbing salt in the wound more, it would only be arriving onto 3DS, leaving WiiU Metroid fans out in the cold.
Despite this outcry, Reggie explained “This is an example where fans who aren’t able to get their hands on the game may be at a bit of a competitive disadvantage. Everyone who has played what we are showing regarding Metroid Prime, they’ve come across really pleased.”, finally then asking “that fans trust us.”
Which I have to say, I’d say it is worth the risk personally. While I am not a fan of the Metroid series, I can’t help but think it can’t be worse than the embarrassment to the Samus legacy that Metroid: Other M was.