The Nintendo rumor mill has been going into overdrive lately as E3 2017 approaches, with one of the most exciting prospects being the reveal of not one, but TWO brand new Metroid titles.
After the fantastic success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the #Switch easily turning out to be one of the best-selling video games of all time, we're really stoked to see if a new generation of #Metroid games will bring another classic #Nintendo franchise to the next level.
See the teaser for upcoming Nintendo Switch games below:
While this is based on rumors and gossip from industry insiders, it's almost certain that we'll get a least one new Metroid title this year. As for the other? Well, information is sketchy, but let's take a look at the sources.
Metroid Prime 4 Rumored At Retro
For the past couple of months the rumor mill has been making a strong case for an upcoming Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch based on increasing circumstantial evidence.
Firstly, composer Alexander Brandon, who worked on the latest Deus Ex, announced on Facebook that he is now working with Retro studios, creators of the Metroid Prime series. Brandon himself is a longtime outspoken Metroid fan, and while there's no official word on what Retro's been up to since the release of Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze in 2014, the studio have teased fans on Twitter with pictures of prime rib steak.
Mmm... now that is tasty teaser. Nintendo themselves have responded to fan queries about a new Metroid with advice to "be patient." So something's coming, but how long will we have to wait?
Nintendo insider Emily Rogers has pointed out that Retro's release schedule for 2017 is already pretty busy, so their mystery project, whether it's Metroid Prime 4 or not, will likely be pushed to 2018.
Two New Metroid Games?
So far, things are looking hot for Metroid Prime 4, but the rumor mill was kicked into overdrive thanks to YouTuber SuperMetalDave64, a regular source of accurate Nintendo insider information. Appearing on SpawnCast Saturday to share this information, Dave not only stated that Metroid Prime 4 would be announced at E3 2017, but there was also another, separate Metroid title being developed by a different studio, that would also be shown at E3.
Now, Dave initially speculated that this non-prime Metroid was being developed by Climax Studios, but Climax actually shot that down on Twitter. Dave stuck to his guns, saying that it may be another studio Nintendo has worked with before, if not Climax Studios.
SuperMetalDave64 has a decent track record when it comes to predictions, but it's not spotless, and he's been wrong about release dates or Switch features before. Once E3 rolls around, we'll see if his sources were right.
Primed For Excitement
Metroid Prime was a departure from the series that brought Samus to 3D and became one of the top rated games of all time. Since then it's become its own successful series. But there's still a lot of love among retro gamers for the old-school 2D metroidvania-style of the Super Metroid titles.
Ideally, I'm hoping that this rumor of two Metroid games is true, and what we're getting is Metroid Prime 4, but also a 2D game in the classic style. At the height of their evolution, metroidvania games were fantastic, with indie games in that style still popular today. It'd be amazing if Samus would come back and head up a AAA 2D Metroid experience on the Switch.
What would you prefer? Metroid Prime 4 or a new 2D Metroid? Think we'll get both?