Nintendo Announces Metroid Prime 4

Nintendo Announces Metroid Prime 4

THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Metroid Prime 4 is happening. We know nothing about the game — Nintendo showed nothing but a logo during the company’s E3 presentation today — but it’s coming to Switch, even if we might not see it for a very long time.

This is the fourth game in the beloved, critically acclaimed series, which started with Metroid Prime in 2002. That game and its sequels, Metroid Prime 2 (2004) and Metroid Prime 3 (2007), were all developed by Retro Studios and are widely considered to be some of the best games ever made.

Nintendo has not said who is developing Metroid Prime 4.

What’s noteworthy about this news isn’t just that we’re finally getting the game that Nintendo fans have craved most. It’s that Nintendo is listening. With Switch, the company has not only made a killer piece of hardware, it has proven that it’s willing to finally — finally! — give fans the one game they have been asking for. Even if it takes until 2020.


  • Wow. The hype juggernaut has left the station. Excited to see where this goes.

  • But I was under the impression that the later games sort of took these out of the canon? Or are they ignoring Other M and stuff now?

    • Given the response of other m, and the fact prime 4 exists, I think it’s safe to conclude which one is being taken as non-canon.

      • Howso? I mean timeline-wise, the Prime games all fit between Metroid and Metroid 2, so there’s no reason why this can’t exist alongside Other M squeezing itself between Super and Fusion. Even though I will always treat Other M as non-canon 😛

        • Well, the original question was whether other m took the prime series out of the canon or if other m is now being ignored (which I’m interpreting as being considered non-canon).

          Thus my response 😀

          • And I’m questioning why it has to be one or the other and not neither? >_>

            I am confused.

          • No you’re right, they both can exist in the universe, but as you say yourself, a lot of us would rather pretend other m never existed or will never consider canon.

  • Apparently it’s not Retro studios.

    What the hell are Retro working on? It’s been ages since Tropickle Cheese

    • It’s not Retro? Odd. Retro are apparently working on an unannounced game co-produced by Nintendo SPD Group 3, which is the group behind the other Metroid Prime games.

      That said a lot of the senior guys that worked on Metroid Prime left Retro after Prime 3 to form Armature Studios in 2008.

  • When the ‘4’ appeared I thought it was Smash 4 for a moment before the sounds tipped me off. Stoked!

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