During Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event, they unveiled a new entry in the Metroid series, but it’s not quite what people were expecting. Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a 3DS exclusive title that stars Galactic Federation soldiers in a four player co-op shooter. Fan reactions have been overwhelmingly negative, with nearly ten times as many dislikes as likes on YouTube, and a petition calling for its cancellation accumulating over 20,000 signatures.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has voiced his support of the game this week, stating that the problem is just that
it’s a tough concept to communicate. Speaking with Kotaku, he expanded on these comments by comparing it to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, which was also criticized after its E3 showing.
“Here’s what I would state: we know what our fans want. We will also push the envelope in developing something that we know is high-quality and that we know will deliver in the marketplace. The best example I can give you of this, and I think you will appreciate it, is Legend of Zelda Wind Waker. Remember when that art style was first shown. The uproar from the Zelda community was intensely negative. If there had been social media then, there probably would have been a petition to make that game go away.
“So, the game is developed, becomes one of the most beloved games of all time, one of the most highly-rated games of all time, so I use that example to say: ‘We know what we’re doing, trust us, play the game and then we can have a conversation.’”
— Reggie Fils-Aime
Wind Waker was criticized by many early on for its toon style graphics, but over time it has become a classic. Whether or not the same is true of Federation Force (as graphics are not the only common gripe) remains to be seen.