It’s no secret that many Metroid fans weren’t too pleased with the reveal of Metroid Prime: Federation Force at E3 two weeks ago. The first new entry in the Metroid franchise since Metroid: Other M in 2010, Federation Force appears to stray far from the isolation, exploration, and familiar faces that have been staples of the series since the original Metroid on NES. Nintendo is no stranger to backlash from its own fans, but COO Reggie Fils-Aime recently addressed the negative response to Federation Force in an interview with Mashable, saying “What the fans at home saw was something in the Metroid Prime universe that they weren’t expecting. The reaction has been negative. There’s no sugar coating it”.
There certainly isn’t, but Reggie was quick to explain that the initial backlash is nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to something many fans weren’t expecting to see. “This is an example where fans who aren’t able to get their hands on the game may be at a bit of a competitive disadvantage. Everyone who has played what we are showing regarding Metroid Prime, they’ve come across really pleased. My ask is that fans trust us”.
That may be a big ask for some companies, but Nintendo has a history of delivering when called upon, especially in its initially perplexing announcements. Do we all remember Wind Waker? Good. Keep that in mind as we await more info on Metroid Prime: Federation Force – it will almost certainly be better than you expect.