Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime has heard the outcry against Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and he wants to help assuage fan concerns. In an interview with Mashable, Reggie discussed the fan reaction to the new game, and how Nintendo likes to keep old IP fresh.
“What the fan at home saw was something in the Metroid Prime universe that they weren’t expecting. The reaction has been negative. There’s no sugar coating it,” said Reggie. “This is an example where fans who aren’t able to get their hands on the game may be at a bit of a competitive disadvantage. Everyone who has played what we are showing regarding Metroid Prime [Federation Force], they’ve come across really pleased. My ask is that fans trust us.”
Reggie went to compare what Next Level Games is doing with Metroid to how longtime Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma is changing the Zelda formula in the next big Legend of Zelda Wii U game. “Mr. Aonuma has said that he is challenging many of the conventional wisdoms of Zelda gaming in this new Zelda, and that’s what we do. We believe we have to do that to keep the franchises fresh. We believe that in order to propel the franchises forward, we have to be the ones to constantly challenge the paradigms, challenge the conventional wisdom, challenge what we thought was the essence of the particular franchise, and a particular form of gameplay.”
Do you agree with Reggie? Does his explanation of Nintendo’s approach to keeping franchises interesting resonate? And will you trust in Nintendo and Next Level Games when Metroid Prime: Federation Force comes in 2016? One thing is for certain, and that is Nintendo is definitely opening up and responding to the fan reaction to this game in a big way. This is a good sign and shows that someone cares what Metroid fans have to say, at least.