After 10 whole years, the Metroid Prime series is getting a sequel, this time for the Nintendo Switch. Metroid Prime 4 was announced in the E3 press conference by Nintendo yesterday, and the fact that the game series made a comeback after ten whole years definitely surprised fans.
The announcement trailer of Metroid Prime 4 really didn’t reveal anything but a number ‘4’ followed by the Metroid Prime logo and that the game was under development for Nintendo Switch. The element of surprise was definitely maintained by Nintendo as no other video footage or gameplay tease was shown at E3.
This was literally all Nintendo had for us at the E3:
Metroid Prime 4 wasn’t the only Metroid announcement Nintendo made, though. During Nintendo’s post-E3 Treehouse live streaming, another Metroid game, Metroid: Samus Returns developed at MercuryStream, was unveiled for the Nintendo 3DS.
Metroid: Samus Returns will be based on the previous Metroid II: Return of Samus. Thankfully for this game, Nintendo did let us in on the gameplay. Although not the most impressive, but still classic Nintendo, Metroid: Samus Returns features 2D side-scrolling action with a new range of motion controls and firing abilities.
The game is set to launch on September 15th along with a special edition that will include a CD with the original soundtrack of the game as well. Metroid Prime 4, on the other hand, did not receive a confirmation on either the gameplay or the release date so the game is still largely a mystery.