More Metroid games coming to Nintendo Switch
As The Legend of Zelda celebrates its 35th anniversary, all eyes are on Link and co. for 2021.
Zelda isn’t the only franchise celebrating an anniversary at Nintendo, though.
2021 also marks the 35th anniversary of the Metroid series, which made its debut for the Famicom Disk System in 1986.
To coincide with the 35th anniversary of the Metroid series, Nintendo is releasing Metroid Dread in October.
The company is also working hard on Metroid Prime 4, which currently has no release date.
If we are to believe the latest reports, Nintendo may have another Metroid release ready to go.
According to Giant Bomb journalist Jeff Grubb (via VGC), Nintendo has completed work on the Switch port of the Metroid Prime Trilogy.
“The game is ready and Nintendo is holding it,” Grubb said. “I think the Metroid Prime trilogy is done and whether Nintendo releases it now or later depends on other factors.
“I think that game is in their pocket for when Nintendo decides it’s the right time, and Nintendo has been doing this a lot lately, so it’s not unusual, it’s not a sign that something bad is happening, it’s not sign of a lack of confidence in Metroid… Nintendo can afford it [to sit on it] and that’s how they treat it.”
Grubb believes Nintendo can hold onto Metroid Prime Trilogy until closer to the launch of Metroid Prime 4.
QA testing was also an issue during the pandemic as Nintendo prioritizes higher profile games during the lockdown.
“I think QA has been a big issue for Nintendo for quite some time during the pandemic,” Grubb continues.
“I think Nintendo focused its quality assurance resources on one or two major projects at a time and that meant some games that were basically finished were left out, while their lockdown-safe QA processes focused on one or two more important games.
“The other factor for Metroid Prime Trilogy is that it will almost certainly be a marketing hit for Metroid Prime 4.
“So right now we’re getting Metroid Dread this year and then I can imagine Metroid Prime trilogy is something they’ll release near the release of Metroid Prime 4, whenever that is.”
Speaking of Metroid Dread, the new side-scrolling game launches in October.
“Samus’ story continues after the events of the Metroid Fusion game when she descends on planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission to the Galactic Federation.
“The remote planet has been overrun by vicious alien life forms and horrifying mechanical threats. Samus is more agile and capable than ever, but can she overcome the inhuman threat that stalks the depths of ZDR?
“Take on ruthless EMMI robots. Once DNA-extracting research machines, the imposing EMMI now hunt Samus. Tensions are high as you dodge this EMMI to avoid a brutal death while finding a way to take them down.
“Find out what made these robotic wonders the scourge of ZDR and escape with your life.”
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