Easily the biggest surprose during Nintendo's big E3 presentation (aside from a core Pokemon title being developed for the Switch), was the reveal that Metroid Prime 4 was now in the works. Ten years ago, Nintendo released Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for the Wii, and since then, the franchise has gone dark.
Otherwise, Samus Returns appears to be a pretty classic 2D Metroid experience that incorporates a few 3D visual elements. There will also be two new Amiibo figures that will be released for the game, Samus Aran and Metroid. However, the game will also incorporate special features that let players mark their maps to return for later exploration, as well as teleportation stations to help Samus speed up her travels. Samus Returns is happening, and it might be the Metroid side-scroller we've been asking for. And Nintendo did not show any games at this E3 so far from Retro. Just like in Metroid II, Samus will be hunting Metroids down (40, in fact) and some will even have different evolutions. Like numerous other announcements during their show, nearly no hard details were shared.
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Like we said, it's unknown when Metroid Prime 4 will release.
It's a sign of Nintendo's remarkable resurgence since the Switch launched that the company can whip up so much excitement by revealing so little. Nintendo will share details regarding the functionality at a later time. Will you be picking up a Switch console if you havent already?