From YouTube to Change.org, Metroid fans aren't happy.
Amongst the slurry of E3 trailers released this morning hid Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a four player game in which players team up to take on enemies from the Metorid Prime universe...
... or play Blast Ball, whatever that is.
At this stage the game itself looks to have very little to do with Metroid as we know it - as the "Metroid Prime Universe" currently looks like your run of the mill, generic space setting with a few HUD exceptions thrown in. Gone are the smooth, streamlined edges of Samus Aran's armour, replaced instead by ungainly, even blocky, protagonists who could easily be confused with some outdated 80s toy line - only with far less personality.
At the time of writing, Metroid Prime: Federation Force's YouTube trailer have 24,000 dislikes to a rubbish 2,300 likes but one fan has gone so far as to make a Change.org petition that already has more signatures than the YouTube video has likes.
The description states:
"Metroid Prime: Federation Force was announced at the Nintendo digital event on June 16, 2015. For almost a decade, long time Nintendo fans have been waiting for a true Metroid game. Metroid is one of Nintendo's most beloved and respected franchises spanning almost 30 years of legacy. The foundations of isolation, atmosphere and exploration in unknown planets are what made Metroid great. With the release of the Wii U and its greater technological capabilities thousands of fans were expecting a new and improved Metroid game.
What we got however is a disgrace of a game with the name "Metroid" slapped on the title. It has no elements at all of what Metroid is about and its a disrespectful manner to old and new fans of the series of showing them that the Metroid franchise is not dead afterall. This is not the Metroid we asked Nintendo to make. We should let Nintendo know what we really think of the game and make them actually LISTEN to their fans for once. Help us stop this atrocity of a game from bearing the beloved Metroid franchise name and make Nintendo halt production on it."
Which, in all honesty, sounds pretty whiny. But if they haven't realised from the YouTube numbers, it's a sure fire way to get Nintendo's attention.