Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime recently talked with Mashable and acknowledged the negative reactions that Metroid Prime: Federation Force has been receiving from the fans. However, he quickly pointed out how those who went hands-on with the game at E3 2015 have “come across really pleased” and asked fans for their trust.
“We’re taking our great IP and transforming them and making them new again — making them fresh and appealing for the fan who feels they know the franchise. But we’re giving them new things to enjoy. 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.
Reggie then spoke about the need for Nintendo to keep its franchises fresh, and how Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has set out to do just that with Zelda. Nintendo basically believes that it’s necessary to do this in order to propel its franchises forward.
Mr. Aonuma has said that he is challenging many of the conventional wisdoms of Zelda gaming in this new Zelda, and that’s what we do. We believe we have to do that to keep the franchises fresh. 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.”