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Metroid fans dig into Nintendo domain names to try & glean clues for the franchise's future

It seems that most Metroid fans were not happy with Metroid Prime: Federation Force. That's a well known fact by now, and many decided to skip over the game when it launched. Instead, they look to the future for the next 'true' installment in the Metroid franchise.

This had lead the gang over at Reddit into the world of domain hunting. They're looking to see what domains Nintendo has registered and active in order to hopefully get a glimpse at something coming down the pipeline. While they haven't found anything major yet, they did happen upon an interesting tidbit.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force used the domain metroidprime.nintendo.com as its internet home, but it's not the only domain Nintendo holds for Metroid. It turns out they also have metroid.nintendo.com registered, but it comes up with an error when you visit. The thing is, when you do a bit of digging, you see that other Nintendo non-existent websites like fzero.nintendo.com spit out a different result.

Long story short, it seems like Nintendo has something attached to metroid.nintendo.com. We don't know if it's just a domain they've registered in order to keep it for use later, or if there's some sort of project in the works that'll be attached to it. On a very basic level, Nintendo has the domain secured when similar domains for other Nintendo brands don't give the same reaction when you resolve names. Food for though, and a tiny morsel for Metroid fans to sustain themselves on.

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lokamp
Sun Sep 18 16 08:56am
Rating: 6

I still believe that a minimum of try-on personal experience is required to have even an iota of personal opinion when it comes to try anything on this world, being a kiosk station/friend lending a copy of the game/anything. This doesn't condemn the ones who don't want to buy any given game, of course, as is in everyone's right to ponder about any given purchase.

...that said, what about people who are refusing to buy a game just to then proceed to search any kind of proof for a sequel/"best vision" of that game/franchise... LITERALLY WEEKS after the ignored/not bought game gets released? That simply reeks of desperation to me.

I guess domain names are like patents. They exist but prove nothing by themselves. Nintendo is just keeping people from taking their domain names

I think people are just desperate for news. Nintendo register loads of sites but don't use a lot of them. It also prevents others from buying the domain names.

lokamp
Sun Sep 18 16 08:25am
Rating: 1 (Updated 2 times)

It seems that most Metroid fans were not happy with Metroid Prime: Federation Force. That's a well known fact by now, and many decided to skip over the game when it launched. Instead, they look to the future for the next 'true' installment in the Metroid franchise.

... these are not the true kind of fans for any given franchise. Like, at all.

Completely dismissing existing titles because of self-refusal and without any hands-on experience to back their stance. Not only that, searching any kind of fleeble hint that may lead to their ideal series continuation, in their never-ending quest for self-fulfillment.

These are delusional people. Point, blank, period.

So according to you, a "true fan" can't have a critical opinion and should blindly buy anything with the Metroid name on it?

I didn't skip it because of "self-refusal", I skipped it because it didn't have what I enjoy about other Metroid games and because it didn't look fun to me. In this age, I don't necessarily need hands-on experience to be able to know that, and I'm not wasting my time and money on a game I know I won't enjoy, because I don't have any obligation to do so, regardless of it having the Metroid title or not.

I agree with you about people searching for hints in domain names being kinda desperate, though.

lokamp
Sun Sep 18 16 08:56am
Rating: 6

I still believe that a minimum of try-on personal experience is required to have even an iota of personal opinion when it comes to try anything on this world, being a kiosk station/friend lending a copy of the game/anything. This doesn't condemn the ones who don't want to buy any given game, of course, as is in everyone's right to ponder about any given purchase.

...that said, what about people who are refusing to buy a game just to then proceed to search any kind of proof for a sequel/"best vision" of that game/franchise... LITERALLY WEEKS after the ignored/not bought game gets released? That simply reeks of desperation to me.

That makes sense. I can't talk about the quality of the game without having played it. I can tell it doesn't look interesting at all to me, though. There are so many games I want to play and I can only play some of them. Most of the things I love about Metroid games, Federation Force doesn't have them. I'm not making a statement. I'm not boycotting the game or telling people who like it that they're wrong. I'm just making a choice about which games to play with my limited gaming time/budget, and I'm sure other people feel the same.

Of course, there are some senseless people who just hate anything that isn't exactly what they want and won't allow other people to have differing opinions, but I think they're a minority, and they're not the main reason most Metroid fans skipped this game.

Don't forget about the existence of the demo. Which includes Blast Ball and the mission tutorial which is more like the core game. Metroid fans such as I can test the game out without actually buying it.

See "kiosk station/friend lending a copy of the game/anything" from me earlier. Again, I have a grudge against those who are going on their "FF sucks, where's my real Metroid sequel now" crusade while having the well-defined intention of having nothing to do with the game to hold a personal and informed opinion about it if the means to do so are publicly available, even without actually purchasing the game.

If anything, the existence of actual public demos for FF is another point against people who are mad to the game without interacting with it.

redbeard
Sun Sep 18 16 09:44am
(Updated 1 time)

This is depressing. Nintendo really needs to give this franchise and Donkey Kong Country a home developing team. Both are major franchises like Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Kirby, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing. However, those franchises all have a place to call home. Sad

That's because those are more popular than Metroid/DK. You can't give every series the same treatment.

redbeard
Sun Sep 18 16 02:49pm
(Updated 1 time)

Fire Emblem and Kirby are not more popular than DKC at the very least. DKC franchise alone has sold more than FE and Kirby with DKCR selling around 5 mil. and Tropical Freeze, having a great attachment rate on a failing system, manage to ship a million since Dec. 2014. DKC is a guaranteed million seller.

Metroid can reach that achievement if Nintendo tried a little. Fans constantly talk about it, the Prime series have sold extremely well, and you see its games in top 10 lists all the time.

I'm really happy for Fire Emblem's recent success, but it might take a while for it to reach DK or Metroid status in terms of popularity.

Kirby's popularity is mostly in Japan. More popular there than those franchises for sure, but not worldwide.

But whether these games are popular or not, the DKC and the Metroid series are absolute masterpieces that any Nintendo fan must have in their collection. I stand by that Nintendo needs to give these franchises a boost. Retro would be ideal, but they are too small for 2 projects especially when they should put there talent into a new IP. My dream would be for Nintendo to grow Retro Studios into 2 barns: The DKC barn and Metroid barn. And these barns are able to develop other things that aren't DKC or Metroid.

The Prime series hasn't sold that well. DKCR didn't sell that poorly, but DKCTF didn't do exceptionally well, even for a Wii U title.

Look, the Metroid games are a well known series among gamers and the Prime games are well recieved, but the sales don't translate to it. It's something that isn't really selling outside of more (relatively) 'hardcore' gamers.

redbeard
Sun Sep 18 16 11:39pm
(Updated 1 time)

Its according if Nintendo sees a mil as a success. If niche games like Pikmin 3(which has a home),Yoshi's Wooly World, and of all games Bayonetta 2 are seen as successes then I don't see how the better selling Metroid and DKC series would be treated any differently.

And yes DKCTF did exceptionally well on the Wii U. Even if it didn't, DKCR still sold more than 2 Kirby games and, believe it or not, a mainline Zelda game on the same system. I don't believe Nintendo would be foolish enough to give up on the franchise because of their own failings. Same goes for a lot games on the system.

Lol, Metroid Prime doesn't sell that well. Kirby, AC, Yoshi, Smash, and Modern FE sell better than that.

It doesn't matter what sells better than what. Truth is Metroid (and DKC) are the only major franchises that don't have a home and its upsetting.

And with regards to Metroid's sales. All but one game have sold over a mil on the console scene, where most of its fan bases are.. And that game was a different breed than the rest. I admire Nintendo taking risks with Metroid, but its just isn't working out.

Except Metroid is not a major franchise. DK sure is, but not Metroid. This false ideology that Metroid is bigger than it is only has a negative impact on the fanbase.

redbeard
Tue Sep 20 16 04:10am
(Updated 1 time)

Metroid is big. It has a genre named after it for crying out loud. It might not bigger than most right now, but if it had a proper title people would eat it up. I think Nintendo sees it as such when they list it on there PR announcements.

I know there is some negativity surrounding Metroid fans after the DKCTF and Federation Force announcements, and I understand that. But not all of us are like that. But you got to understand where some of them are coming from. It's like the Rare buyout era with DK. DKC lost its home, and was a victim to a long hiatus. It didn't lose a home because it never had a home in the first place, but the Metroid fans fear that hiatus, as well. We might not have it nearly as bad as it was for DK back then, but its still worrisome.

As a Metroid fan, I've been content with what we've been given as crazy as that sounds. I liked Other M and plan on buying FF to play with a friend of mine. I do wish we had something proper though. And some closure.

They did have a place to call home, but Retro got tired of making Metroid, and wanted to do DK.

Don't read much into this people. The director already said last year, "if we started making Metroid Prime 4 now it would be 3 years from now and be on the NX". They clearly haven't started yet and if they did, they'd be nowhere near close to being done. If it was in production (at that time) at all, he'd probably give some vague answer like, "we're always looking at the next entry in the franchise" or something rather than implying "if it was in development it would take several years, but it's not".

I'm just going to assume Metroid is dead due to the fan reaction to FF. I'll take the pessimistic approach to things so if it ever does happen I can be pleasantly surprised.

I'm definitely a part of the problem since I mostly ignored the game, but Metroid isn't going to get any special treatment when I do the same thing to Mario/Pokemon (I make exceptions for Mario Kart since no non-realistic racer compares). Nintendo has gaps they need to fill and I got money I need to spend wisely. Buying up every spin off till Nintendo releases something I'm interested in is not my definition of spending money wisely or being a fan.

Of course these guys are being another level of desperate. If people not taking interest in the franchise's spin offs wasn't enough for them to ever make a Metroid again, this sure as hell would do it.

You're not part of any problem for "ignoring" a game.

With the way Nintendo does business, I honestly feel my way of thinking makes the most sense when it really doesn't.

noseofwario
Sun Sep 18 16 11:44am
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

One game that got good reception instead of the usual great (M:OM) and one spin-off that wasn't exactly what a lot of fans wanted (MP:FF) isn't going to cause Nintendo to drop the entire franchise. Just be patient a little.

I remember when people did this kind of stuff to find hints for new fighters in Brawl.

I understand people being upsetor dissatisfied with FF, but I think people are becoming a little too desperate for a new traditional Metroid game. Besides, FF is nothing more then a spin off, it's not going to kill off the franchise. Also people need to realize that this isn't the longest time Metroid haven't had a new game in awhile til now. Anyone remember the time period between Super Metroid and Metroid Prime/Fusion? The gap between those games were nine years. And the series skiped the N64 era. At least the time between the last Metroid and FF is shorter and didn't skiped a generation like the last time. At least with FF, it shows Nintendo haven't abandoned the series, despite what some people think. And also, FF did hinted a future plot elements for the next potential Metroid game.

jayvir
Sun Sep 18 16 02:56pm
Rating: 1

Wow... some Metroid fans are just HARDCORE pathetic right now. I get that you might be upset that Federation Force just isn't what you wanted but looking into literally nothing like unused domain names is just pointless. Might as well just start turning to tarot cards for information. It's probably just as credible. It's almost worse that RMC felt like this was newsworthy.

Metroid.nintendo.com is not a domain........... Nintendo.com is the domain. Metroid.nintendo.com is a subdomain. It requires next to no effort on Nintendo's part to create this. I wouldn't look too much into this at all, especially since we aren't provided when / if metroid.nintendo.com ever resolved to a website at all.

Sun Sep 18 16 07:55pm
(Updated 2 times)

Truth is, the Franchise is pretty much dead at the moment. Not like Mega Man dead, but on the verge of death. People think, because Federation Force bombed, Nintendo is eager to bring us a new Metroidvania or a new Metroid in the style of the Prime Games. But it's not that easy. The people who digged up this Website crap in desperation should have researched for Interviews and other recently related Metroid stuff. Tanabe, the Producer, already told us there won't be any new Metroid for the Wii U. No one believed him. Nintendo ditched at least 2 Prototypes for a new Metroid, one of them is a confirmed 2.5 D Metroid for the 3DS. So people think, ignoring Federation Force will bring us a new Metroid, and this won't happen, that's not the way Nintendo is doing things. Nintendo get's another confirmation Metroid isn't a profitable Franchise.

It's definitely not the same situation as with Chibi Robo where I think, the Franchise is Game Over (I still think Zip Lash was a fantastic Platformer). But it's not looking good for Metroid either. Of course there is a high chance Nintendo will give an NX Metroid green light, but who will develop it? Most of the Retro Staff created these Games are long gone on other projects or companies. I don't want to crash anyones hopes but the news is silly at it's best. I'm not the gloomster here, I'm just a realist.

Mon Sep 19 16 01:02am
(Updated 1 time)

I think this is a new level of "grasping at straws".

fireflame
Mon Sep 19 16 05:34am
(Updated 1 time)

many publishers dont understand what customers want, this includes nintendo.The failure of FF is deserved.Maybe its actually better to leave some series dead rather than sullying their names with mediocrity and shame. I have come to the conclusion that unfortunately the best reaction is cynism and not being too attached to a series to limit disappointment, when a series gets ruined by idiocy of a publisher, just switch to other games and shrug. I have done this for Silent Hill,Thief,Hitman, i will probably have to do it for other games in future. Only solution is vote with wallet.

A drowning man will clutch at a piece of straw.

I would like to make it clear that Nintendo has no need to protect domain names like metroidprime.nintendo.com or metroid.nintendo.com. These are subdomains that don't need to be "registered."

Nintendo owns nintendo.com, and so they can create as many subdomains as they want. No one but Nintendo can register a subdomain like metroid.nintendo.com, so they have no need to "protect" anything.

However, metroid.com and metroidprime.com are domain names that they would want to register to protect, although they'd probably sue anyone for trademark infringement if they tried to use them.

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