E3 2017: Nintendo Reveals Upcoming Titles for Switch

Metroid Prime 4 will not be developed by Retro Studios, the developer behind the first three games in the series, Nintendo revealed at E3 2017.

Nintendo said that gameplay will include new abilities for Samus and her famous suit, such as free aiming, a shooting method not possible on consoles with fewer controls than the 3DS. The company then reveals the release date when a game is six months or less away from launch.

The original Metroid Prime debuted back in 2002 on the Gamecube to critical praise. The first is Samus in the pose she took for Metroid II: Return of Samus.

"Following the news that there will be a new "Pokémon" game for the newly released Switch, Nintendo had caused a collective gasp among the crowd with the announcement of "##Metroid Prime 4". Even if you've played Metroid II: Return of Samus for hours, we have no doubt you'll still want to get this.

As for Samus Returns, the 3DS title is being made by the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow developer, Mercury Steam, and features a side-scrolling Metroidvania 2D style that, as the name suggests, the franchise helped define.

We'll have more coverage of Nintendo's announcements, and hands-on impressions of the games they're showing at this year's E3, as the show continues this week. Since we didn't get a full trailer, we don't know what new mechanics and features are in the game. But we'll see this September. So far, much of the attention has been on games for X-Box, Playstation, and PC; Nintendo, however, is getting in on the action too.

Nintendo also showcased the 2 newly announced Metroid series amiibo at the end of their stream. It's still not the best look, but at least it makes more sense now. All featured Amiibo will be covering games already released and indeed games that are releasing soon.

On a final note, the reveal of "Metroid: Samus Returns" might go a ways towards explaining why Nintendo shut down "AM2R," a fan project with a similar goal of remaking "Metroid II", previous year.

  • Arturo Norris