According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nintendo’s Nintendo’s market capitalization is now at $49.8 billion (5.56 trillion yen), just ahead of Sony’s current market value of $48.6 billion (5.43 trillion yen). Sony deals in much more than Nintendo, which mainly does hardware and software. Ever since Pokemon GO came out last year Nintendo’s stock has been going up and up and up. Hitting big pockets of success when Pokemon Sun and Moon released, and when the Nintendo Switch first launched. The current stock price is 39,280 yen ($352), making for it’s highest value since 2008, which was the arguably the height of the Wii and Ds era.
Switch Player had spoken recently to Kynan Pearson and Mike Wikan, who went to state what they would like to see from Metroid Prime 4. The statements are below.
“I think there is an opportunity to create a more living ‘world’ for Samus to explore. By maturing the visual guideposts within the world to match and enhance the ‘lock and key’ systemic exploration that is at the heart of the Metroid Prime series of games, there would be an opportunity to enhance those elements that make the Metroid Prime games unique – the isolation, the wonder, and the fear. When I look at what the new Zelda game is doing on the Switch, it really seems clear to me that there is an opportunity to push the elements that are keystones in the franchise toward their logical gameplay constraints.
Imagine cyclopean bosses pursuing you under the skin of a verdant moon across kilometres of terrain, scatting buildings and native life in its wake until you finally lure it to a battlefield of your choosing – a ringed gas giant dominating the sky overhead.
Imagine an alien ship whose wreckage is scattered across hundreds of miles of terrain, your goal as the player being to pull the data cores from each section and reassemble the Gravitic Compression Cannon to face the final boss.
Imagine collecting the Wing Suit, allowing you to fly to near orbit and rendezvous with the orbital defence satellite – retargeting it on the surface below to breach the shields of a space pirate stronghold.
Not just creating isolated pockets suggesting a world, but creating a world and playing within it – and perhaps even bringing a friend.
I’d also love to see a completely new, fully 3D, third person re-imaginging of the Metroid franchise utilising the philosophies used to create The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It would be wonderful to have a fully realised planet featuring a vast surface and a deep subterranean world to explore. I’d love to play off on a concept of freely exploring a dangerous world that’s filled with surprises and unique abilities, which players could tackle without guidance. To see them really play up elements of trying to survive in a world filled with undiscovered dangers, difficult enemies, bosses, and truly alien terrain. Metroid was always about gaining strange powers in a fully connected and dangerous world, so I hope they create a game that captures the heart of that concept. This type of game could present architecture and bosses at a grand scale that surpasses what players had experienced in the Metroid universe to date. I’d love to see Ridley realised as a massive space dragon that could engage players dynamically in different locations of the world. While it would feel open world, there would have to be a deeply crafted sense of discovering new parts of the world using the abilities the Chozo left behind.”
Some of these ideas are similar to what I would thought. A more open world for Samus, bounty hunting etc. Metroid Prime 4 will release sometime late next year. Until then Metroid Samus Returns comes out on September 15th on Nintendo 3ds.
In an interview with Venture Beat, Nintendo of America’s corporate communications Director, CHarlie Scibetta, stated that Metroid Prime 4 and Pokemon Switch are both coming in 2018. He stated that “Just as you get through a game and you’re starting to put your head up, put the periscope out to see what else is out there, hopefully we’l have something right her for you. We’ve announced a nice lineup through this year, and next year we have some big games coming with Metroid Prime 4. 2018 will be around Metroid, Kirby, Yoshi, new the Pokemon has been announced. We feel good about the lineup for this year and beyond.” I am sure there will be other announced games coming to 2018, but it’s clear Metroid Prime 4 and Pokemon are the two most anticipated for the next year.
As we all know at this past E3 we got not one, but two new Metroid games. Both in the respective styles of the franchise. Classic 2D gameplay with Metroid Samus Returns. Then the first person view with the upcoming Metroid Prime 4. Metroid is a series me and other fans have been begging for a release for years, as Metroid Prime 3 came out in 2007 and Metroid Other M in 2010. Last year we did get a spin off called Metroid Prime: Federation Force, which flopped due to fans, including me boycotting it, making it clear to Nintendo what we wanted from the series.
Now it seems like we have gotten everything we wanted, a Metroid 2 remake, and the fourth title in the Prime series. But now it is up to us, Nintendo is making the game we just have to go out and buy them. Now if these games aren’t good maybe Metroid doesn’t deserve to be revived, but from what I’ve seen from Metroid Samus Returns, I highly doubt it’s going to suck. Metroid Prime 4 was in the top 5 most talked about games at E3 and all we got was a title and logo. So based on this buzz the sales of both of these titles should be high right?
Appealing to the fans of the series which are in the millions, and even a newer audience. So it’s time to go out and support this franchise, and show Nintendo what we want. They faced a similar situation with Fire Emblem back in 2013, if Awakening did not sell, that would have been the final game. Us fans and new people went out and bought it, now Nintendo considers it a core series. Let’s make the same thing happen with Metroid.
Hey there everyone take a seat and listen to me, Josh Ehresmann RGN PR Manager, and our Deputy Editor Tristan Werbe, sit down for a few hours and talk about E3 2017. A roundup and recap of what we saw, what we liked, what we hated, and just our overall thoughts. Hope that you enjoy!
Metroid Prime 4 has been announced and I can hardly believe it. Despite no gameplay or even a year date, it’s good to know that this being made, despite being made by a new studio, since Retro is either making a new IP or another Donkey Kong. Hopefully we will see something soon on Metroid Prime 4, I am excited.