E3 2015: Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Blast Ball Announced

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force | oprainfall

Well, not quite what was expected…

In a move that few, if anyone, saw coming, Nintendo announced a new spinoff of the Metroid Prime series on the 3DS in today’s Digital Event called Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Unlike more traditional entries in the Metroid series, the Prime series on GameCube and Wii focused on first-person exploration and combat, which Federation Force embraces. However, this game is atypical for even the Prime series, as it appears to feature no Samus or any of the traditional Metroid staples. Instead, the focus of this game appears to be on cooperative play as players can team up with three friends to engage in co-op missions in the Metroid Prime universe. Now, this might mean Ridley and Metroids may make an appearance, but they did not quite make the cut for the trailer. Nintendo likely would keep that under wraps until it releases.

Another surprise of this announcement was the revelation that Blast Ball, which was featured during the Nintendo World Championships on Sunday, is also a Metroid Prime spinoff game that is included with Federation Force. Metroid Prime: Blast Ball is essentially space soccer. Two teams of three go head-to-head to shoot a giant ball and score on the other team. From the competition at the NWC 2015, it looked like a lot of fun, but its reveal as a tie-in with Federation Force and additional spinoff of Metroid Prime was unexpected. The games are to release sometime next year. Check out the trailer below:


What do you guys think? Are you disappointed that this Metroid Prime game is more of a spinoff than a new title in the series, or are you looking forward to diving into the universe once more as a Federation soldier? Let us know in the comments below.

About Alexander Jones

Alexander Jones is a 24 year-old with a BA in History and has been gaming as far back as he can remember. Growing up, he was raised strictly on Nintendo consoles, but this fueled a passion for Japanese gaming and design. Though he does still have a soft spot for Nintendo, he has grown to love any developer and console with fun, enjoyable games. Some of his favorite games of all time include Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy XIII, Chrono Trigger, and Katawa Shoujo.

  • Josh S.

    I can’t express how much these shouldn’t be titled Metroid… WHY can’t we get a new 2D entry, Nintendo? WHY!? *cries in corner*

    • Ibi Salmon

      Because Nintendo thinks that no one would buy it. Not after Other: M. At least, not yet.

    • Josh S.

      The failure of Other M is why Nintendo should go back to the old formula instead of trying to monkey with things. Nobody wants Metroid Soccer.

    • Ibi Salmon

      It’s obvious that this is a spinoff title meant to keep people busy while the main Metroid game gets developed and perfected so that we don’t have another Other: M on our hands.

  • DarkPitFan27

    Yes, I was definitely disappointed that Nintendo did not announce a traditional Metroid title. I feel like the developers made Federation Force a Metroid game just so it would sell better.

  • Another_Unknown

    At least Bloodstained is a Metroidvania.

  • JDobbs

    Seriously………I expected a true 2D or 3D Metroid game…and wait a minute, I thought Blastball was by itself or is there both Blastball and a Metroid version of it?

  • Raymond

    Sony with games we already know about and FF games and remakes up the ass.

    Xbox with something they should have done a long time ago,

    Nintendo still trying to make games fun.

    Come on people it may not be the best but it still looks fun. Stop being so damn uptight and have some fucking fun for once.

    • Alexander Jones

      I’m inclined to agree with you, but I also acknowledge how disappointing it is to see METROID only for it to be just a spinoff title from the Prime series. It looks pretty much nothing like a Metroid game…and people want a Metroid game.

      I just hate everyone being all “WORST NINTENDO SHOWING EVAR, LIFE IS OVER” about it. I think a lot of the games Nintendo showed off look like loads of fun, like this, Star Fox, Super Mario Maker, Zelda: Triforce Heroes and Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam. There weren’t a whole lot of surprises thanks to some things getting leaked early, but these games look fun, so I don’t see what everyone’s problem is. It wasn’t a GREAT outing, but it wasn’t all that bad either.

  • Jose

    This is just disappointment all over. Forgive me but I just… I can’t.