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Metroid Prime: Federation Force was not received well by fans at all. In fact, they hate it... they hate it with a passion. Why? Because first off it doesn't star Samus, second it looks pretty low-quality and third, no one sees any relation to the Metroid Prime series. Well, Nintendo has hopped in to defend the new 3DS game.
Mashable managed to get in some talk time with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime about the upcoming cooperative first-person shooter for the 3DS, and Fils-Aime offered an explanation and a defense, telling the outlet...
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. […] 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, they've come across really pleased, my ask is that fans trust us.
Trust is a tall order during this time when the trailer and gameplay that was on display during the 2015 Nintendo World Championships left a lot of people coming away very disappointed in what they had witnessed. But don't take my word for it, just look at the user ratings the E3 trailer for Metroid Prime: Federation Force has on it.
While the media at large continues to paint gamers as sexist misogynists, the reality is that gamers were actually disappointed first and foremost because lead character from Metroid, Samus Aran a female space bounty hunter, wasn't starring in the new game. A lot of fans have been highly awaiting Samus' return to the fray but they've also been enjoying her run on Super Smash Bros as well.
Without Samus starring in the game a lot of gamers feel as if this isn't a real Metroid game and that it's basically just there to cash-in on the name.
Gamers can oftentimes feel this way with a lot of franchises. There were grumblings about playing the Arbiter in Halo 2 and even more grumblings about Halo Wars since it was an RTS game that didn't star Master Chief. Bandai Namco has been battling with fans over the Tales of Zestiria entry, and Square Enix had to completely overhaul Final Fantasy XV as Final Fantasy XV: A Realm Reborn after there were a lot of complaints about the quality of the game.
In this case Fils-Aime is defending Metroid Prime: Federation Force as something that fans will enjoy if they just play. Fils-Aime told Mashable...
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.
While Fils-Aimetries his darndest to draw a comparison between this new Metroid Prime and the upcoming Legend of Zelda for the Wii U from Eiji Aonuma, fans are actually quite excited about the new Zelda title have shown nothing but adoration and approval for the new direction the series is in going in. They've done the complete opposite for this new Metroid Prime game, and Nintendo will have their work cut out for them to convince fans to even give the game a try.