Metroid Prime Federation Force

Metroid's first outing in years strips away the series' isolation and exploration for a serviceable co-op experience.

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FeatureReturning to Metroid

Co-creator Sakamoto on Samus Returns, Prime 4, amiibo and more.

Yoshio Sakamoto worked at Nintendo before he co-created Metroid, but it was his sci-fi series - one that that spawned a whole genre - which made him famous.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a sales disaster in Japan

Metroid Prime: Federation Force has failed to chart in the Japanese software top 20.

The much-maligned Metroid spin-off has received intense criticism from franchise fans since its announcement, but its failure to appear at all in the chart is still eye-opening.

Federation Force is the first 3DS Metroid game, the first Metroid game of any kind in six years, and comes as the series quietly celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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Metroid Prime Federation Force review

This, then, is how Nintendo has chosen to mark Metroid's 30th anniversary. And this is how Nintendo has elected to break six years of silence for one of its most celebrated series: a co-op shooter with chibi visuals in which Samus Aran, the stoic bounty hunter who's fronted every Metroid to date, is relegated to the sidelines. Ever since its announcement at last year's E3, the reaction has been resoundingly negative. Given the path Nintendo's taken with this 3DS entry, it's no wonder some noses have been put out of joint. 

Metroid Prime Federation Force

Publisher: Nintendo

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I was going to tell you all about how much fun Blast Ball, a multiplayer mode that's a part of Next Level Games' Metroid Prime Federation Force, can be, but that doesn't seem pertinent now when you can go and download it yourself. All of it. For free. Now. On your Nintendo 3DS handheld system.

You know the story by now. Nintendo announces what amounts to the first Metroid game in 6 years, and the first to bear the Metroid Prime moniker in the best part of a decade, and it's not what the fans wanted. It is very, very much not what the fans wanted, adopting a chibi art-style for its playable mech soldiers, abandoning the sense of isolation and adventure that have been the series' mainstay while Samus Aran, the iconic bounty hunter who's been there from the very start, is almost entirely absent.

FeatureThe E3 Bulletin: Friday

Yosp! Metroid! Cuphead! And that's a wrap!

This week we've posted daily updates rounding up the news from E3. Previously: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Metroid Prime Federation Force announced for 3DS

A new Metroid game has finally been announced for 3DS. It's called Metroid Prime Federation Force.

Very little is known about it, but based on the teaser trailer revealed during Nintendo's E3 presentation, it appears to support four-player co-op and looks to be set in the Metroid Prime universe.

There also seems to be a three vs three mini-game called Blastball.

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