Metroid Dread is a thing in reality

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Nintendo has always had a vast collection of franchises that have captured the eyes and hearts of many across the world. Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros, Kirby, Pokemon, as well as recent franchises like Splatoon and Arms, are just a few series in Nintendo’s deep catalog of intellectual properties and creations that have persisted throughout Nintendo’s 131 year history from it’s beginnings as a playing card manufacturer. However, one franchise that is astounding in every word but doesn’t get the attention it deserves most of the time is the Metroid series. Metroid has been a main stay since it’s beginnings with the first game on the NES in 1986, continuing to get games after that release, albeit in a shorter quantity compared to the likes of Mario and Zelda. One can see this as detrimental, but it’s for a reason, as the Metroid series, even with it’s short list of games has undergone a long history of transformations in game design, story creation, world building, and overall scope. With that, the Metroid series has been incredibly consistent as far as game quality, with Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Metroid Zero Mission, and the Metroid Prime trilogy being just a few examples of amazing games within the franchise. However, going back to the level of attention it gets compared to Mario and Zelda, the Metroid series is also infamous for being one of several Nintendo franchises that has gone noticeably dormant very often. Up until recently, the last true original main series Metroid game we’ve had was Metroid Other M for the Nintendo Wii, which released back 2010. Ever since then, we’ve had an absence of main series Metroid games, instead getting lack luster spin offs, such as Metroid Prime Federation Force, which got redeemed by Metroid Samus Returns, both for the Nintendo 3DS system. However, with the announcement of Metroid Prime 4 along with it’s lengthy development that hasn’t gotten many updates in a while to this very day. However, recently at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, Nintendo showcased an amazing assortment of new titles, including the topic of this post, Metroid Dread. Metroid Dread was actually a game that existed already that was in development since around 2005 for the Nintendo DS, however, it was put on hold indefinitely at the time due to the limitations that the team faced with developing a 2D Metroid game on the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo Switch however, has given them the opportunity to make an even bigger project, especially since they are in collaboration with the development team of Samus Returns. This means that the mechanics of the game be fluid, flashy, and player friendly. Along with this, from the trailers and gameplay showcases alone, Dread seems to capture the magic that made the Metroid games what they are. Along with the fluid gameplay and amazing visuals, the atmosphere and Alien inspired horror setting is still retained in this game. We have yet to see how the game will be received but the game will make it’s way onto shelves exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on October 8th, 2021. I highly recommend this entire franchise, especially if Dread is something that interests you in any way. Hopefully you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading. Catch you all later.

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