Metroid Prime 4 announced during Nintendo's E3 Spotlight

Alyssa Bailey
June 14, 2017

During today's Nintendo Treehouse Live event at E3 2017, Nintendo unveiled a new Samus Aran and Metroid amiibo.

Assuaging many fans' speculative anxiety, Nintendo dropped a big shell when it announced that Metroid 4, the long-gestating next entry in the fan-favorite Metroid series, was in development. A new 2D Metroid game is coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Those games were critically acclaimed, but Nintendo fans have wanted to see Retro do something new with Metroid.

The Texan developer's last game, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, launched in 2014 and the team has been silent ever since.

Metroid Prime 4 will pick up the series from Metroid Prime 3, which was released in 2007 for the Nintendo Wii. Samus Returns is happening, and it might be the Metroid side-scroller we've been asking for. Metroid Prime 4 is now being developed for Nintendo Switch and will be releasing 2018 or later.

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Nintendo's E3 2017 Spotlight featured quite a few surprises and more in-depth looks on games announced earlier this year.

But get excited. We're goin' bounty-hunting again. Let us know in the comments section below! Functionality details will be revealed at a later date.

No gameplay was shown during the breif teaser, which featured little more than the Metroid Prime 4 logo.

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