Google the reviews, game is mediocre as you predicted not even good enough for the hardcore reviews. Nintendo did not let reviews out until release day so they already knew. The game was DOA.
What I don’t understand is why can we not get a Metroid game that WANTS to be a Metroid game. Every ‘Metroid’ game we get isn’t trying to be Metroid. Federation Force is trying to be… something. Other M is trying to be a movie. Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission were… trying to do something I didn’t want them to do. Metroid Prime 2 and 3 are different because they are differentiating themselves from Metroid Prime 1, and Metroid Prime 1 was a Metroid experience. Super Metroid and original Metroid are Metroid experiences.
We can forgive Metroid II as it was trying to be a Metroid experience on the freaking Gameboy (and succeeded in many ways).
Metroid Prime Pinball was trying to be a pinball game, and it is really awesome.
Metroid Prime Hunters was trying to be a FPS game on the DS which actually was really, really cool.
Nintendo knows we don’t want Sakamoto’s Samus Aran soap operas. Now we are getting something else with a comic book war between Sylux and Samus Aran. It is not a bad idea to use the hunters from Metroid Prime Hunters. But it is a bad idea to turn Metroid into anime crap.
Metroid is the Alien or Aliens movies. For inspiration on a modern Metroid, perhaps Prometheus would work:
As for gameplay, Metroid is for ADVANCED GAMERS. It is supposed to be hard and disorientating.
Metroid’s purpose is not to sell gazillion of units. It can’t. Metroid is at the top of the gaming food chain. Metroid isn’t for new gamers. “But all games must be for new gamers.” BS. Defender and Defender 2, both very hard, complicated games, performed very well. Not every game needs to be Pac-Man or Donkey Kong. Nintendo provides with Pac-Man and Donkey Kong type games but not with Defender types.
Defender is more like Metroid than the new Metroids. Metroid is a trippy game that is for experienced gamers.
Metroid is not about soap operas.
Metroid is not about anime.
This isn’t that hard. Why can’t Nintendo, a billion dollar company, understand its own IPs?