Metroid is one of those video game franchises that is considered golden by fans, particularly those of the Nintendo variety. The series was big for having a female protagonist, Samus Aran, and it has had a successful Metroid Prime series and a moderately successful Metroid: Other M. The series is like something that Nintendo really should keep alive like Mario, Donkey Kong Country, and The Legend of Zelda, and it does have a future. This is the latest news about a Metroid II download, the release date of Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and the future of Metroid for Nintendo NX.
Those that remember when Metroid first started out probably remember Metroid II: The Return of Samus. The game was originally released in 1991 for the original Game Boy, and it was one of the beloved games of the series. If you want to download it, you can get it on the AM2R Return of Samus blogspot site.
For those of you who want to get in more Metroid should check out Metroid Prime: Federation Force, which is an upcoming cooperative first-person shooter for the Nintendo 3DS. My Nintendo News reported that the new website for the game has just opened, and you can check it out here.
This particular Metroid game is the first game where the player controls a Marine of the Galactic Federation, which is the law-enforcing organization that sends soldiers on planetary missions. There are three planets with about ten missions per planet, and they are from previous Metroid Prime games.
One of the issue with Metroid is it is really shouldn't just die. The first Metroid Prime for the Gamecube took the series to the 3D realm along with a first-person viewpoint, and it really took the game to the next level. The problem is that it followed up the Metroid Prime trilogy with Metroid: Other M, and there wasn't really a Metroid game for the Nintendo Wii U.
Nintendo has had a tough time with the Wii U, and even though there were some good games like Super Smash Brothers and a handful of decent Mario games like Super Mario Maker, there was no Metroid game that wasn't a remake from a previous system. In other words, Metroid was just like The Legend of Zelda, as gamers wanted to see a game for it on the Wii U, but it will probably get moved to the Nintendo NX.
What is interesting is that Nintendo seems to be banking all of its success on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind. At E3 2016, the annual video game that takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center last June, only demonstrated the Zelda game, but not the new NX system, and it is due out in 2017!
Gamerant reported a year ago that there will be no new Metroid game until the NX is out, which makes a lot of sense. Now, it is possible that one or more Metroid books will be available, and there is a report saying that Metroid Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe saying that "stories of Dark Samus and Phazon are done". We're going to have to wait to see what Nintendo comes up with, but I hope it should be groundbreaking.