Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight came with two shock announcements for games that fans have sought after for years. Metroid Prime 4 and a new Pokemon RPG are in development for the Nintendo Switch.
There are currently no details for Metroid Prime 4 other than the fact that it is in development for the Switch. We don’t even know if Retro Studios will be returning as the developers for the newest entry in Nintendo’s FPS franchise. It’s been almost 15 years since the original Metroid Prime where Samus’ jump to 3D was just as successful as Link’s in Ocarina of Time.
The Switch Pokemon game has been described to be a “core RPG Pokemon title” developed by Gamefreak, the same studio that makes the handheld games. They also said that we might not be getting it for over a year which isn’t surprising, seeing as this is the first we’re hearing of it.
Opinion: I’m incredibly hyped for both of these titles to drop but the announcements really felt like they were thrown in last minute. I guess that’s just how Nintendo does things with their biggest franchises now, since they did the same with Zelda, but I’d rather wait longer for the announcement to at least get some information on the game, if not gameplay.
The Metroid Prime games are some of the best singleplayer shooters I’ve ever played and they really showed off the versatility of Nintendo’s franchises. Metroid Prime 3 is probably the only game I’ve ever played where I actually felt that the motion controls really added to the gameplay, and I absolutely hate motion controls.
I think I speak for all Pokemon fans when I say that all I want is a big, game-changing Pokemon RPG for a home console. I seriously hope that this is what we’re getting from this title and that it’s much different to the handheld ones that, while I still enjoy them, have become so formulaic by now. I’m super relieved that they’re not just bringing Sun and Moon over to the Switch and this announcement should help ease the backlash they received after barely mentioning the Switch in their recent Pokemon Direct.
Seeing as we have such little information, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see gameplay from either title until E3 2018.