Metroid was one of the last Nintendo-franchises that I discovered for myself. Back when I got my Gamecube, I found Metroid Prime used for cheap and since I had little money back then, I added it to my Gamecube collection, which at that time only consisted of StarFox Adventures and Resident Evil. It quickly became my favourite game on the platform for some time and was the starting point for my love for this series.
It continued later on with my Nintendo DS, which came with the First Hunt demo. While the demo was technically impressive, it was the multiplayer mode that got me hooked. A couple of friends got a DS too back in school, so we met up during our lunch breaks in order to play some multiplayer. Back then I was really impressed by the game and I looked forward to getting the final release, which seemed just around the corner (Spoilers: It wasn’t).
When the Wii launched, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was the game I was waiting for! While I was disappointed that the game could make it in time for the consoles debut, it was worth the wait. I played and completed it twice when it was released and I was convinced it was the best game on the platform during its first year. The controls, the graphics and gameplay were perfect in my opinion and I was really looking forward to how the franchise would be evolving.
Unfortunately, Metroid: Other M was a huge disappointment to me. After playing it, I felt like this would be the end for the entire franchise, since not only the fans didn’t like it, but also the critics weren’t all that nice to it either. And right now, it looks like the franchise is dormant. After six years of hiatus, Federation Force will be the first Metroid game to be released and it’s being ignored by a large portion of the fanbase for not being a real Metroid game. It’s a reaction I can understand, but I also think it’s unfair, since the game should be judged on its own merits.
I’m wondering where this wonderful franchise is headed. Right now, I’m playing Zero Mission and Fusion, which I had never completed before, but I’m scared the series will not get a “proper” release for a long time. It would be sad, since it still is a unique Science-Fiction series with a strong female protagonist. And we really need those kinds of games too.