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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’re anything like me, 2002 was the best year ever. Sure, video games are still pretty good nowadays, but in 2002, Nintendo released not one, but two Metroid games in the form of the groundbreaking Metroid Prime and the solid Metroid Fusion. Metroid itself has always been a fascinating franchise. From day one, it’s been a critical darling, and for hardcore gamers, there’s no other franchise like it, but mainstream success has eluded it (it’s certainly no juggernaut).

Yes, the games have sold well enough, but compared to a lot of other franchises in Nintendo’s arsenal, the franchise has never been the powerhouse it deserves to be. In 2010, Nintendo teamed with Team Ninja to bring a more unique take on the franchise with Metroid: Other M. The game wasn’t too well received, and only sold around half a million copies in North America. Then, probably seeing more money in games like Mario and Zelda, Nintendo seemed to have pulled all support for the franchise.

It’s been seven years since we’ve seen a legit Metroid game, and I was just about ready to throw in the towel, but at this year’s E3, Nintendo finally announced not one, but two new Metroid games.

The first comes in the form of Metroid Prime 4, which got a teaser trailer from the mammoth games publisher.

This announcement comes a full decade after the release of Metroid Prime 3, if you can believe it. The game will be hitting Nintendo Switch, though our big question coming out of this announcement is who is developing it. Retro Studios is the developer who made the original trilogy, so it’d be nice to see them coming back, but we’d understand if they wanted to focus on more original IP.

There is currently no release date set for Metroid Prime 4.

That wasn’t all. Nintendo also released a trailer for Metroid: Samus Returns, a 3D sidescroller for Nintendo 3DS.

This seems to be a welcome return to the more traditional style that the franchise pioneered back on Nintendo, and the 3D visuals help to give it a more modern look. There’s no word yet on how much emphasis will be placed on exploration, as the trailer looks very action heavy, but we’re hoping they know where the strengths of this franchise lie.

Metroid: Samus Returns hits Nintendo 3DS on September 15, 2017.

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SOURCE: Nintendo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.