Despite the negative response and the drastic actions some fans have taken to Metroid Prime Federation Force the game is still being made and is set for release in the coming months. Nintendo has announced today that Metroid Prime Federation Force will be arriving on the Nintendo 3DS on August 19th in the United States, while it will be arriving two weeks later on September 2nd in Europe.
As I have said the game has led to fans taking actions to stop it at one point even using a petition but it was all because the game was to different from what we were used to and what we wanted. Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Amie has said that he understands fan disappointment for this game and went on to say:
“We’re taking our great IP and transforming them and making them new again – making them fresh and appealing for the fan who feels they know the franchise. But we’re giving them new things to enjoy.”
“What the fan 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.”
“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.”
“We believe that in order to propel the franchises forward, we have to be the ones to constantly challenge the paradigms, challenge the conventional wisdom, challenge what we thought was the essence of the particular franchise, and a particular form of gameplay.”
This was an interview he had last year after the games reveal but this does draw questions for the fans. Why are you so unwilling to accept change and new ideas in a franchise you like? Nintendo did this with Star Fox Guard and that received a great reception critically, Metroid Prime Federation Force may be different but it exactly what we need and we should expect that Nintendo is trying new ideas.