2016 saw the release of a new Metroid game on 3DS with Federation Force, but the new title certainly didn’t have the impact that others in the series did. Unfortunately, it also didn’t feature the iconic bounty hunter Samus Aran, meaning the last time the character had a game of her own was back in 2010 with Other M.
Metroid is one of Nintendo’s most well-known franchises, helping to craft an entire sub-section of games known as Metroidvania. The Switch could provide new life for the series, with either a 2D sidescrolling title or a brand new FPS like Metroid Prime. Looking back at the co-op gameplay of Federation Force, there’s no reason you couldn’t put some kind of multiplayer in a new Switch entry as well as a single-player campaign.
Nintendo is well-known for their action/adventure and platforming titles, and Metroid has always provided some nice variation to their stable of iconic franchises. Besides Splatoon, there aren’t any other shooter games to speak of on the Switch at the moment, a void that a new Prime game could help fill. Plus, the appeal of having a full-blown Metroid Prime that you can also take on the go is incredibly tempting.
Nintendo had a big showing of first-party content coming to the Switch this year, and E3 would be the perfect opportunity to set the stage for 2018 with titles like Metroid.