The Big Deal With Metroid

E3 has come and gone with the normal share of both good and bad games, however one, or should I say two, games stood out among the rest. The Metroid series is one of Nintendo’s classics, but has had a large lull in its “good” game releases. The most recent and original game that was received well by fans was Metroid Prime 3: Corruption back in 2007. That means Metroid fans haven’t had a well received game in 10 years. This left Metroid fans understandably upset, and then in 2016, AM2R was released. AM2R stands for Another Metroid 2 Remake, and this brings me into the first game, Metroid: Samus Returns. When AM2R was released, Nintendo gave the creator a Cease and Desist, shutting the project down. The reason Nintendo recently gave was that it would cut into profits, which confused many, as AM2R was free to download, then Nintendo dropped Metroid: Samus Returns on us, and everyone understood. Both of these games are remakes of the Gameboy game Metroid II: Return of Samus, however, one is an official remake, and the other is a fan project. The fan project would cut into profits as some people would get the free fangame, rather than the $40 official game. However, Metroid: Samus Returns is it’s own game, so let’s talk about it.

Metroid: Samus Returns (left) vs AM2R (right)

Metroid: Samus Returns is, as previously said, a remake of the 1991 game Metroid II: Return of Samus. However, the remake is taking a different approach to graphics, using a 2.5D world in contrast to the original 8-Bit. This remake is a big deal for fans, as the original game has been out for 26 years, and has just now gotten an official remake.

But, there was an original Metroid game announced as well, Metroid Prime 4. This is a sequel to the 2007 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and was the more hyped announcement, as fans have been desperately wanting the game, despite it having a shorter launch window. Although no footage was shown, it has been confirmed it will be in the same first-person shooter style as the previous entries.

The only thing we received on Prime 4

Now, either of these games are monumental for a hopeful return to good Metroid games, but the combination of two known Metroid games harkens back to Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid: Zero Mission in 2004, which were a new Prime game, and a remake of the original Metroid game respectively. Just knowing about these games and some gameplay doesn’t necessarily mean either will be good, but it’s at least a step in the right direction. These games were two that fans had always wanted, and now those dreams are becoming a reality. However, don’t get your hopes up for a Mother 3 release in the US.

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