There is a general consensus that Nintendo disappointed many fans this year at E3, but no one took it as far as this: a petition has popped up on Change.org, asking Nintendo to cancel the new Metroid Prime game that was announced at Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event.
The petition started by Gilbert Manzanarez reads:
"For almost a decade, long time Nintendo fans have been waiting for a true Metroid game. Metroid is one of Nintendo’s most beloved and respected franchises spanning almost 30 years of legacy. The foundations of isolation, atmosphere and exploration in unknown planets are what made Metroid great. With the release of the Wii U and its greater technological capabilities thousands of fans were expecting a new and improved Metroid game.What we got however is a disgrace of a game with the name “Metroid” slapped on the title. It has no elements at all of what Metroid is about and its a disrespectful manner to old and new fans of the series of showing them that the Metroid franchise is not dead afterall. This is not the Metroid we asked Nintendo to make. We should let Nintendo know what we really think of the game and make them actually LISTEN to their fans for once. Help us stop this atrocity of a game from bearing the beloved Metroid franchise name and make Nintendo halt production on it."
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Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a 4-player co-op game set in the Metroid Prime universe. A teaser was first revealed at the 2015 Nintendo World Championships under the name “Blast Ball”, a 3v3 mode featured in Metroid Prime: Federation Force as a mini game.
Other articles on the Internet have called out the petition for fans’ misplaced sense of entitlement, with Destructoid calling the petitioners “entitled babies” and International Business Times calling the phenomenon “fanboy entitlement at its worst”.
“Nintendo are unique in the games industry and have a history of subverting expectations,” writes Jake Laverde. “When the DS was originally announced, it was criticised for it’s “pointless” second touch screen and for being under-powered in comparison to Sony’s PSP. As you may well know, the DS enjoyed an enormous range of support and stands as the second best-selling console of all time. Of all time!”
Fans have been wanting a new Metroid title for a while now: the last game was Metroid: Other M released in 2010 and the last Metroid Prime title, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, was released in 2007. Metroid Prime: Federation Forces is scheduled for release in 2016.
The petition has around 12,000 signatures out of the 15,000 it is seeking at the time of this writing.