So with the Wii U quickly approaching, and Nintendo once again wanting to appeal to the hardcore gamer, it seems almost all of their mistakes during the last generation are about to be amended. So as they turn over a new leaf, and want their casual market to try out new things, whilst also making the dedicated fans very happy - what would be a better time to bring back one of their most beloved franchises: Metroid?
But I don't mean a Metroid Prime 4, oh no. Retro Studios (The developer behind the excellent Metroid Prime series for Gamecube and Wii) are most likely not going to be involved, and Team Ninja's efforts almost went entirely to waste with Metroid: Other M. In fact, since 2009, the franchise has fallen silent - it's 25th anniversary wasn't even celebrated.
A whole new audience will now be looking at Nintendo, the casual fans will be wanting to be part of the next big thing after the Wii and Kinect, hardcore gamers are currently gasping for a new console, and the dedicated fans are still ready and waiting for something amazing. Why don't Nintendo do a company first - Reboot a franchise?
Fans might scoff this idea, however Metroid has always been the series that Nintendo has taken the most risks with. Whether that was making it's protagonist a girl in an industry filled with men in the original Metroid, giving the series a makeover with a first person perspective in Metroid Prime, or giving their first proper go at a cinematic experience with Other M; Metroid has been the series that Nintendo has taken the most risks with, and in an industry where every game is becoming increasingly bald, the big N needs to be the one company that introduces those risks again.
Imagine this, in a couple of years time - E3 201X, it has been an incredible for Nintendo over the last year or so, they release incredible games in the Mario series, as well as installments in Zelda, Kid Icarus, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, heck even F-Zero has been given a sequel. Nearly all of Nintendo's big IP's are now done, all except Metroid. Nintendo has a disappointing conference in LA, showing off only some minor third-party games and some embarrassing Just Dance demonstrations. But as the lights fall, and people groan as they get up to leave their seats - another trailer plays.
A familiar tune starts playing... a fully orchestrated recreation of the title theme from the original Metroid for the NES, the crowd starts getting excited, could this be what everybody had been waiting for!? A number of environments are shown, all looking alien in their nature, this could only be Metroid... The graphics are incredible, beating even PS3 exclusives - lush jungles, white hot lava, rusting machinery, and then a loud engine noise is heard as an orange ship beings to land on this unknown planet, the bottom of the ship ejects, and out walks Samus Aran, all in glorious HD.
The crowd cheers, as the title appears: METROID. A small teaser was all that's needed, a new Metroid game, all the god awful voice acting from Other M gone, all the convoluted stories from Fusion forgotten.
Metroid would be back, and Nintendo could take on the entire industry with one of their most critically acclaimed franchises once again.
What are your thoughts? Should Metroid be rebooted? If not, where should it go from where it is now!?
EDIT: Well it appears after posting this on Reddit, I've been receiving some backlash. Oh goodie, controversy.
Well I would just like to say, I was pretty tired when I wrote this, so that's why it kinda tails off into nothing. I may do a follow up post to conclude, but for now I'll leave it like this. Another thing; I loved Other M, and Fusion. But hey, a large portion of the fanbase don't. Much love!
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