When I think of truly cringeworthy moments in Nintendo history, Metroid Prime: Federation Force comes to mind. I'm not referencing the game itself, but instead the reaction that some Nintendo fans had to the game. I've been running GoNintendo for 11+ years now and I can't recall any other event where I was so embarrassed by a section of the Nintendo community. It's not often that I take a hard-line stance on topics like this in my writings, but I believe this instance warrants it.
I understand the anger and discontent with how the Metroid franchise has been handled in recent years. I completely get how fans feel that Metroid: Other M was a big misstep for the series. I also felt let down by that title. After that, fans grew more and more angry as they waited for Nintendo to show off something new from the Metroid universe. The cries for another Metroid Prime game only grew with each passing year. That intensity brought us up to the reveal of Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Granted, not the game many were hoping to see from Nintendo and the Metroid universe, but is it really deserving of the extremely visceral reaction that some fans let loose?
Again, I know people want a new 'traditional' Metroid experience, be it through another Prime or a classic 2D outing. I also want those things, but my desire of that content isn't going to blind me to other experiences Nintendo puts forth. It seems many people decided that Metroid Prime: Federation Force wasn't the experience they wanted, even without playing it. Throw in a visual style that rubs quite a few people the wrong way and we get the disaster that has been the PR push for this title. Once the internet mob jumps onto something, it's hard to steer them in another direction. Now will all those spewing vile content actually stick to their guns and not purchase the game, or are most just getting in on the negativity for the 'fun' of it?
If you're part of the crowd that has been hating on Metroid Prime: Federation Force just to go with the group mentality, you can stop reading here. If you're one that isn't willing to give the game a shot for any number of reasons, you might as well click away now. This review is going to be just like all the others I write. It will be a 100% truthful and honest account of my time with Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and I will not be coming at the game from any early ill will or distaste. I'm presenting you an account of my experience with Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and I welcome all those that are ready to see the game for what it is, not what you originally expected/wanted from the franchise.
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