Metroid fans have been left wanting over the past few years, with
Metroid Prime 3 coming out nearly ten years ago and more recent entries in the series proving divisive and unsatisfying to those who want a true Metroid experience. Nintendo has said little on the franchise as of late—except of course to shut down a well-received fan game—in spite of 2016 being the series’ 30th anniversary, but fear not, Metroid faithful. If a new rumor from three separate leakers is to be believed, your patience may well be rewarded soon, as an all new entry in the sci-fi franchise is on its way to Switch.

OBE1Plays, a YouTuber who has been coming forward with several Switch leaks, recently posted a new video stating that a brand new
Metroid game is currently in development for the Nintendo Switch. It is also said to be developed by a studio that he “was not expecting,” which implies that it won’t be created by Retro Studios. That might worry people who adored the Metroid Prime games (like myself) and excite those who can see it as confirmation that Retro is working on a different and new project (also myself), but either way it will be interesting to see how this new title shapes up. Will it be a 2D title, a new Prime-style 3D game, or a third-person adventure like Other M? OBE1 claims to know, but he refuses to say in the video.

Now, we haven’t reported on most of OBE1’s leaks thus far because his sources are completely unknown and none of his Switch statements have been proven yet; we should get confirmations or denials on at least some of them in
tonight’s presentation, but until then, we aren’t putting much stock in his reports. However, Liam Robertson and Laura Kate Dale are a whole different story, and as you can see in the tweets embedded below, they have both come forward to back up OBE1’s claims. This isn’t the first time this has happened, either, as Dale as previously backed a report from OBE1 about a new Nintendo Warriors-style game being developed by Koei Tecmo, so it seems he has some good sources at his disposal.

OBE1 isn’t sure whether or not this new
Metroid game will appear at tonight’s presentation; he expects it to focus more on Mario and Zelda, but he doesn’t rule out an appearance either. I’d sure love to see it show up, and I’m sure many Metroid fans would agree. But what do you think of all this? Will Nintendo reveal a brand new Metroid Switch game tonight? Is it even in development, and which studio do you think might be creating it? You can check out the video and tweets below, and let us know your thoughts on all this in the comments!

Our Verdict


Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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