It was a perfect storm of variables. Nintendo announcing the amiibo functionality of Metroid: Samus Returns. Me owning a copy of Metroid Prime: Federation Force. A surprise sale of Zero Suit Samus amiibo (at around $3.75-$4.00 per figure). Me getting extended at work yesterday. All these events aligned, so now I’m the proud owner of a Zero Suit Samus figurine.
There’s a slight feel of regret, but it goes away as soon as I remember that this figurine cost me just $4.00, and that it works with two games that I own (Super Smash Bros. is the other one).
The novelty of AI-controlled fighters in Super Smash Bros. no longer appeals to me. Meanwhile, the Zero Suit paint job in Federation Force doesn’t seem to be as useful as the regular armored Samus paint job (double slow beam vs double missiles). But the in-game advantage that it offers in Samus Returns is huge – it gives you an energy tank that automatically replenishes Samus’ health. I’m not sure how many times this can work; if it’s once per day then it’ll really be helpful. And it also unlocks the Sound Test which I prefer over the exclusive art that the other amiibo unlock.
So, $4.00 for in-game advantages in two Metroid games? I have a decent looking plastic figurine for display? Worth it.
After this week’s Nintendo E3 Digital Event, we pretty much know what Nintendo releases to expect in the coming months. We also know what’s not going to be released any time soon, and this has got me thinking about the different Nintendo game franchises that have yet to appear on both the 3DS and the Wii U. I’d like to talk about five of Nintendo‘s intellectual properties (IPs) that I think deserve to be revisited in this generation. Note that the Nintendo 3DS my primary and only game console, so I mainly have the 3DS in mind when I thought about possible game releases for these franchises but I’ll try to provide some Wii U applications as well.
Before I get into the IPs though, let me say this – the Digital Event for this year’s E3 was poorly received. Based on the comments that I’ve read, people were mainly disappointed because there weren’t any interesting new games announced. What we saw were upcoming games that we already already knew about (because they were already announced in the past or were leaked to the publish) or games for franchises that I think are getting a little over-exposed (not a lot were excited about The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, for example). I think the Nintendo fans are getting a little tired of Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon games and just need to see new games from other Nintendo brands. So let’s get started…