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It's no secret that Nintendo hasn't been as financially successful these last few months as it has been historically. In order to help the beloved company turn things around, let me propose a solution to its financial struggles: Metroid. Hear me out on this.
Imagine this: Ben Reeves is eight or nine, or some other impressionable age, and he goes over to his neighbor's house and sees them playing an unusual new sci-fi game called Metroid. The game's haunting atmosphere and bewitching music immediately sucks him in. The world is massive, like a tiny universe collapsed into a NES cartridge. Ben and his neighbors play the game for hours, staying up until the wee hours of the night exploring every nook and cranny of this alien world. Days stretch into weeks as Ben gets lost in this alien landscape. This digital world becomes his home.
Eventually weeks stretch into months, and new games and new interests begin to consume Ben's life, but he never forgets his time spent on planet Zebes. The events of that game stick with him for years, becoming something like a legend to him. It seems that few games will be able to live up to the greatness of Metroid. But then, something spectacular happens. Nintendo releases a new Super Nintendo console, and eventually a new Metroid game, Super Metroid. It eclipses the original game in nearly every way. A lightbulb goes off inside Ben's head. Metroid doesn't have to be a one-off experience, it can be a franchise that Nintendo revisits every few years, allowing another generation of gamers to experience the same haunting thrills that young Ben had with the original Metroid.
Unfortunately, it takes a long time for Nintendo to get around to this. The company eventually releases new Metroids for its handheld systems, and it allows a talented American studio to craft a series of steller first-person Metroid games for the GameCube and Wii...and then Metroid goes radio silent.
(Savvy gamers have just yelled at their monitor and muttered something about the Team Ninja-developed Other M. I have chosen to forget about this game, and I recommend that you do as well. I believe that if we all choose to believe that Other M never existed then maybe that game's very existence will disappear from reality and it will never have existed in the first place.)
Let's set aside the pretentiousness of talking about one's self in first person for a moment and talk more about how Metroid could help Nintendo right now. Many gamers don't feel like they have a reason to own a Wii U. Metroid might give them that reason, Nintendo. Some gamers feel slightly burned by the Wii's slow trickle of exciting titles? All the more reason to release a proven series for the Wii U. Maybe people are worried that the Wii U doesn't have the graphical horsepower to keep them entertained, but games like Super Meat Boy, Minecraft, and Xenoblade Chronicles have pretty well proved that you don't need bleeding edge hardware and photorealistic graphics to make an entertaining game. A Metroid game could also show gamers what the Wii U is really capable of – remember how amazing Metroid Prime looked on the GameCube?
Maybe it's time to roll Metroid back out and give another generation of gamers the chance to explore a strange new world, to seek out new powers in ancient civilizations, and to boldly go where Ben Reeves went decades ago. (Whoever wrote this is a total dork.)
Is a lack of Metroid titles really the problem here? No, as mentioned earlier, Nintendo really needs some better third party support; they can't do everything themselves. But maybe a new Metroid game would help inspire third-party developers to work on the Wii U. Am I just a fanboy speaking largely from a position of desire? Probably. But you have to admit at least one thing:
A next-gen Metroid title would be off the hook.
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I just think hd is working out really great for the games Nintendo has shown (SSB and Bayonetta) and I thought if they brought Metroid back to the fps perspective and had you travel around the galaxy that would blow everyone's mind.
I could at least use a Metroid for 3DS. I played Metroid 2 for the first time recently thanks to the Virtual Console. It made my bajillionth play through of Super Metroid that much more intense and meaningful. I am also vigilantly watching for Metroid Fusion to pop up so I can download that and replay it.
All of this to say that the best Metroid titles were platformers and sidescrollers. Great if you loved the Prime series, but to me it was like taking Mario and watching him do fireballs in first person. Yes, they had echoes of Metroid exploration and gameplay, but damn did I just want to see Samus.
Give me a new Metroid, still sidescroller, with newer graphics and a great storyline. Maybe I'll pick up a Wii U to go with my 3DS if you do, Nintendo.
Yeah a new Metroid would be great...and new games would be great..ANYTHING.
I would even love for a downloadable title on 3DS/DSi or Wii Ware. Metroid's 2D graphics make it perfect for this.
Just look at Shadow Complex on XBLA. A 2.5D Metroid on on 3DS would be awesome.
YES! YES! YES! I feel the exact same way. Give me a new Metroid that isn't handed off to a 3rd party like the game we don't talk about & I'd be interested in getting a Wii HD.
... honestly I would just settle for a clone of Metroid at this point. Come on indie devs get on it, guaranteed gold.
Want to throw a bone to the 3ds owners? Bring it to us too
awwww man, i remember metroid prime on my gamecube, i never finished it or the second one but they were amazing to me, i think if they made another one and made samus be able to be really fast and agile like Syndicate's agents and then just kept all of the awesome atmosphere and enemies of the metroid prime series, i would be so happy, did anyone like metroid prime hunters as much as me or was i the only one that thought it was truly amazing?
Third parties--well many of them--really do seem to shun Nintendo (since the N64 onward). I really wish it would stop. It's like some silly boycott that no one remembers the reason for.
So what if Nintendo doesn't have quite as much power as the other consoles. It's still a viable console and could be host to some pretty dang sweet games. It's at least slightly better than the PS3/360, which means we should see games at least of a caliber equal to what those both have.
I don't own a Wii U yet (finances have been tight lately and responsibilities, bla bla bla) but I do want to get one even if only for the Nintendo games. But I hope the third parties will have some amazing titles for me to get when I finally buy one.
Lol, you would do anything to convince them to release a metroid aren't you ?
But don't worry, it's pretty obvious that there will release one sooner or later.
DID YOU WATCH the Developers Directs for each individual games after e3? Every game they announced looked fantastic. When the next Zelda U title comes out it will be our Destiny. We will get more Metroid, and it will be awesome. Metroid Blast demo was the reason I bought my Wii U so I agree with Ben, but we have a lot to look forward to. For those who don't own a Wii U and don't want to get one, why get involved in this discussion?, there is no way you have the skills to beat any of the Metroid titles or you would be a fan.
I actually liked Other M =/
Granted, not as great as the Prime trilogy and some pretty awful dialogue in there but otherwise I enjoyed it enough that I got all the upgrades and completed it twice.
Well I pretty much agree with this. I was going to buy a Wii U, but Nintendo didn't show me much as to why I should get one now, so I ordered a PS4 instead. If needs be, I can get Smash on my 3DS (which I will likely get both versions at some point).