E3 2015: Metroid Prime Federation Force Produces Wry Response

Nintendo officially announced Metroid Prime: Federation Force during their Nintendo E3 Direct. The game was unofficially announced when it debuted during the 2015 Nintendo World Championships this past Sunday, when competitors went head-to-head in one of the game’s multiplayer modes.

The new title garnered far less than positive feedback from the gaming community, as the response has been about the complete opposite of what Square Enix’s staff received during their unveiling of Kingdom Hearts 3. You can check out the video below to see what has people on edge.

Nintendo 3DS – Metroid Prime: Federation Force E3 2015 Trailer

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As per usual, here’s what the ratings looks like on the video at the moment.

Now, unlike Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 and the disappointment over graphics and physics, the problems with this news delves a bit deeper than just a debate over visual presentation.

Gamers are angered that heroine Samus Aran isn’t featured in the new game; that the new game doesn’t appear to have much to do with the actual Metroid Prime series; and that the Wii U needs a real big hitter to bring the hype back.

As mentioned on Wii U Daily, there are a number of gamers attempting to get Metroid Prime: Federation Force cancelled for the Nintendo 3DS.

The petition at the moment has more than 10,000 signatures as of the writing of this article.

The petition, started by Gilbert Manzanarez from Calexico, California stated in the petition…

“The foundations of isolation, atmosphere and exploration in unknown planets are what made Metroid great. With the release of the Wii U and its greater technological capabilities thousands of fans were expecting a new and improved Metroid game.


What we got however is a disgrace of a game with the name “Metroid” slapped on the title. It has no elements at all of what Metroid is about and its a disrespectful manner to old and new fans of the series of showing them that the Metroid franchise is not dead afterall.“

It’s easy to see the trailer above and feel it’s some sort of poorly made joke to parody Metroid Prime. For those of you who don’t remember, here’s the trailer for Metroid Prime 3 for the Wii, which came out back in 2011.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Nintendo Wii Trailer –


While the Petition to cancel the game has the usual suspects yelling “entitlement”, Wii U Daily did seem sympathetic to the cause. That’s not to mention that gamers want to see Nintendo succeed, and a game like Metroid Prime: Federation Force comes across to many gamers as a low-effort cash-in.

On the upside, Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe revealed to IGN that he would like to work on a real Metroid Prime game for a Nintendo home console, saying…

“I said this at the beginning, but I’m not involved in the 2D Metroid games that [Yoshio] Sakamoto works on, I still feel like there’s a little more work left for me to do in the Metroid Prime series. I can’t say when, but I want to make another one.”

The new 3DS shooter is set to launch in early 2016. It’s interesting how many people have already signed the petition, but it’s unlikely that Nintendo will relent.


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6 thoughts on “E3 2015: Metroid Prime Federation Force Produces Wry Response

      1. Remember many are still mad about OTHER M and the massive cock up that game was. And then they give us this instead of an actual metroid game. Why do they not ask the metroid fans what they want.

      2. Well it shouldnt come as a surprise that Nintendo doesnt exactly listen to feedback , bare exceptions and/or unless forced to .

        They are the kind of company that can gleely tell you that “you dont need voice chat in their multiplayer games , or at least not outside lobbies ” in 2015 . And well part of the issue is that they got a mob ready to listen and lap up their mediocre excuses , and forgive them no matter what .

        Except this time with Metroid , they struck a big nerve , and maybe reached a boiling point .

  1. From what I gather, this ruins the good name of Metroid Prime. People are mad at Other M, but at least it wasn’t a Prime game. People have been waiting for Metroid Prime 4 or something similar to Super/Fusion/Zero Mission for many years.

    Not as many years as F-zero or Star Fox, though.

  2. What is this rubbish. If they’re not going to make a decent, proper new Metroid game, then I’d rather they do nothing than release garbage in its stead.

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