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What's next for Nintendo's best?

Metroid is Nintendo's only franchise that's somewhat grounded with reality. It's filled with humans and humanoid aliens, not talking animals or oddly proportioned plumbers. Fire Emblem is "normal," but it's too faux-Lord of the Rings to step out of that shadow. So the burden falls to Samus to lead the company's one and only "serious" franchise, devoid of jokey sidekicks and silly character designs. It's time the gameplay reflected the seriousness of the concept.

Let's actually think about the setup: bounty hunter travels the galaxy completely alone in search of life-sucking parasites that turn people into dust. Every faction in space is willing to kill the other to harness this monster's power. Bounty hunter explores countless alien worlds without help and hardly any communication with the outside world. Villains include saw-armed pirates, living computers and an armor-plated pteranodon. Planets are filled with unexplained phenomena and hostile, hungry life forms. Knowing this, shouldn't Metroid be a hell of a lot more frightening than it is? We say yes, and the next entry should play up the fright factor.
 
You're already backtracking, conserving items and looking for safe ways to advance, so why not scare-it-up with some truly nasty monsters that belch armor-melting acid, or some coughed-up blood on the visor? Samus encounters some damn horrific creatures in each game, so imagine how much more intimidating they would be if they actually posed a threat to Samus, who depends almost entirely on her armor to survive.

We see a game where you're terrified to fight Metroids, where your armor can be destroyed. A game that forces Samus to stumble through dark alien worlds with limited resources. How about entire stretches of gameplay with no Chozo armor, just a space suit and a zero-g escape scenario? Let's just hope Dead Space doesn't beat Samus to the punch.

They tried turning this series into an online shooter. It didn't really work. So we say try the exact opposite and make a survival-horror solo title that emphasizes the "no one can hear you scream" idea of space travel. We'd also like the storyline to be a bit more understandable than "alien goo comes to life as an evil clone of Samus."

With all this in mind, "Metroid Dread" sounds like it'd make a good title after all.

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65 comments

  • jamesrandall94 - April 25, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Whoever the idiot was to comment windwaker was better the TP....you need to get better gaming taste. I cant say i really like the idea of a futuristic Zelda however....i always liked involving ymself in a earlier time with its own set of rules enjoying the whole idea of no guns and such...
  • poothurdur32 - March 22, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Hmm... That StarFox one sounds like an easy Battlefield: 1942 mod...
  • Spybreak8 - March 20, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    Awesome, I seemed to have missed this article before. Yeah if Pokemon went the way of Monster Hunter Tri I might actually play the thing! Star Fox Battlefield Team Fortress, oh holy shit man holy sshhhiit!
  • HankVenture - March 18, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    Those are all great Ideas LoZ would be amazing with a giant cyborg gandorf or something Metroid is hard to make a survival Horror because her armor is so powerful but if you take it away, and make resources more scarce it would be amazing. STAR FOX ONLINE ZOMG, but the Wii would be incapable of that so :[ Pokemon has been needing a MMO for YEARS, I mean it basically has everything it needs to be one. They don't need to make a brand new pokemon generation, just take black and white and fucking do it up.
  • Dr_Mr_Paul - March 4, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    actual good ideas: Zelda: change nothing because i have yet to play any zelda game i disliked. Metroid: Do more stuff that resembles the metroid prime trilogy. that was definitly metroid at its best. Star Fox: Release a sequel to star fox 64 with better graphics and similar gameplay. Pokemon: A console RPG that is exactly like the handheld games but in 3d. OR a handheld combo game where you can travel through each previous region, and at the end of each region you have to start over untill you clear the entire game at which point you would be allowed to reclaim your pokemon from the other regions and bring them everywhere. or maybe you could bring 1 pokemon with you at the end of each region, idk
  • Dr_Mr_Paul - March 4, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    not gunna lie... while i was reading this i was reminded of idiots on forums who come up with ridiculisly stupid concepts for "reboots" of classic franchises. i will be the first to say that all of these ideas are terrible.
  • Marcus20 - March 4, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    I HATE the idea of a futuristic Zelda! DO NOT MAKE A FUTURE ZELDA! all it needs is new bosses and maybe a different layout of scenery. If every Character had voice acting (Except Link) that would be great. The idea for Metriod dread is a great idea i played metroid Prime and it scared the SHIT out of me so that would be good. the Star fox is a good idea as well. For the Pokemon i really could not care what happens with them because i am not a huge fan of them, but i must admit, the MMO for Pokemon is a good idea as long as the graphics are no where near WOW.
  • Chaoscoolperson - October 30, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    There have been several fan made pokemon MMOs but your idea sounds better. I say you should write an entire article about this idea and give it to pokemon company, and see what they say. If it is good I say you should also come up with ideas for a halo MMO. please?
  • johnnytasch - July 12, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    that pokemon MMO made me moist
  • sassyg14 - July 9, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    That pokemon idea is fantastic.
  • twewy13 - June 8, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    i want that star fox so bad... all of these ideas seem great
  • thephntm - March 8, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    Metroid Dread= AWESOME Futuristic Zelda= Depends on if Nintendo does it right. Lylat Wars= 0.0 YES Pokémon MMO= Maybe. My own ideas: Metroid MMO, Metroid game where you play as the Space Pirates, Metroid MMO, Metroid game that takes place while Samus is still a child in training, Metroid MMO, Starfox game that takes place, oh, 10 years in the future (Slippy died in an "accident"), Metroid MMO, Pokémon game that takes place thousands of years before R/B/Y featuring primitive, ancient Pokémon, and did I mention Metroid MMO?
  • hamsterdoom360 - January 23, 2010 6:59 a.m.

    Might as well put in my two cents worth seeing as everyone else felt the need to do so. Future Zelda, as interesting an idea as it may seem would take a lot of work. The end result would be incredible if done correctly, however. Something epic like Mass Effect meets Zelda would be the outcome. But you would have to incorporate other races advancements in technology into the picture (Deku scrubs FTW!) and political and cultural influences into future world design. Who would own what territory? Who would be extinct (Zoras most likely; stupid pollution)? Whether or not hylians, and not regular humans, would be the dominant species if present at all? No horses? No problem. The motorcycle idea is a great one. Personally I like the thought of Malon running an auto shop with her Italian dad and uncle. And as for Epona herself, everyone likes the replacement of letters with numbers; let's go with 3P0N4. Why not? Just think of all that horse power. And the whole "the Master Sword is just an ancient blade, how could it cut through robots and energy shields" business? Two words: Samurai Jack. But of course the reliance on guns would have to be minimized to prevent another Fable 2 from happening. I could go on all day about equipment and what-have-you but I'll save that for another time. A grand undertaking to say the least. Now, I'm probably not the most well equipped gamer to discuss Metroid as I have committed less than a total of 20 minutes of my life to playing any of its titles ever. I played part of that demo that came with Brawl, not even the whole thing mind you. I tried the multiplayer shooter one for the DS on my buddy's Lite. I even played Prime for five minutes, hated the controls and traded it for Magic: The Gathering cards. In retrospect, probably not a good move. But as far as a Metroid horror game goes, I'd back that up. If it could be more than just run around and shoot 'em up, but actually involve some mystery and investigating like Condemned and Arkham Asylum that'd be sweet. I must say that I have only ever played StarFox 64, but I at least played it all the way through. The idea presented sounds fantastic if not unlike an advanced version of rock-paper-scissors. Infantry, vehicles and aircraft? Sounds like the makings of an RTS. But if anyone could do it it'd be StarFox (at least... one could hope). A pokemon MMO; I can only assume this has gone through the mind of every Pokemon fan at some point or another. Not only would it be extremely lucrative for Nintendo, they wouldn't have to worry about backing themselves into a corner every time they introduced a new generation. Just like scientists are discovering new species everyday (so to speak), they could introduce a small handful of new pokemon every time an update rolled around. As long as they don't make it so that leveling is as simple as spending real world money on in game rare candies so only the rich are powerful, I'll play it. And the whole idea of a group of trainers taking down a legendary is a bit naive. Who would get the legendary pokemon? Why should they be allowed to catch it at all? They'd be waaay too OP. Instead, why not have instances, or better yet, events that the whole server could get involved in, in which they rescue a town or towns from Team Rocket or Galactic or whatever? The players who actually reach the boss get to roll for drops like Master Balls and Rainbow Feathers and stuff. Speaking of towns, you could own houses and forts like those of RSE fame and still have hideouts in the underground. Traveling from continent to continent would be way awesome and there would be a number of ways to do it. Cruise ships like the S.S. Anne where huge battle tournies are hosted during the trip, players could buy air space tickets from Officer Jenny so their pokemon can use fly outside of battle (because let's face it, no gym badge is gonna tell me whether or not I can fly to Palette Town, that's what governments with Air Forces do), trains, planes, automobiles, and don't forget about good ol' HM 03. And then there's that little whisper in the back of everyone's mind of which villain team they would join. Everyone's thought about it and I'd be willing to bet that if given the choice they totally would. It'd be like GTA meets pokemon. If only Nintendo were willing to put in the effort they could stand to make a lot of people very happy and quite a bit of money as well. If you liked any of my ideas or would like to discuss them in greater detail drop me a line at hamsterdoom360@gmail.com.
  • soapman1 - January 11, 2010 3:37 a.m.

    id suggest a pokemon game where you actually are a pokemon and stuff...that'd be pretty cool..like if you're a flying one you can just go and fly, and that's it..and you an make differet proflies where your'e different pokemon etc. etc
  • Kordocwaffle - December 29, 2009 4:09 p.m.

    The pokemon would rule if they put in all regions in 3D.
  • GameManiac - December 25, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    Those ideas seem as if they'd work REALLY well. Pokemon MMO FTW!
  • FanofSaiyan - December 5, 2009 2:34 a.m.

    If they were really going to make a futuristic Zelda, which they could do. They would need to let it sink in first. With so many people used to the low-tech cities and medival weaponry. So far Nintendo has been doing pretty well with this concept. Wind Waker went from sailing manually to steam power, and now trains. This method might make it easier to imagine such a Zelda game.
  • no1reaper206 - October 30, 2009 2:55 a.m.

    yep i like warhawk
  • kaits08 - October 5, 2009 3:31 a.m.

    After reading the article, mainly those sections on Zelda and Pokemon, I have to wonder about turning the Zelda world int to the future. The hoax video was invigorating; but I'd be disappointed in the removal of such important characters as Epona. If Nintendo were to incorporate such alterations then they would have to do some sort of mass survey that asked gamers which of their favourite (Canadian spelling) parts should be continued. For instance, Nadrewood999 came up with some amazing starter footage ideas, however I heartily disagree with the breaking of the master sword. Legend of Zelda games are identified partially by the master equipment; to remove them would be like removing a key element of the zelda identity. It would need to be incorporated somehow. Perhaps it could be modified ingame by a character weapons smith?
  • Stefan372 - September 24, 2009 2:01 a.m.

    i like all these ideas but id mod the link idea and say that thers 2 story lines and you travel through time like go back midevil for the dungeons while in the future there is some big war or something all the other ideas sound great but i believe they forgot Animal Crossing :San Andreas

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