Following E3, there’s been a wave of negative feedback directed towards Nintendo. Ask any group about Nintendo’s Digital Event this year and the results will be mixed to say the least. Many were underwhelmed and disappointed. Some however, appear to be enraged. Much of that rage is directed towards the announcement of the new Metroid, Metroid Prime: Federation Force.
A week ago, a petition actually went up calling for the cancellation for Metroid Prime: Federation Force. It’s even seen over 20,000 signatures. Obviously this has gotten the attention of Nintendo. In a recent interview Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, spoke a little about the subject.
Here’s what I would state: we know what our fans want. We will also push the envelope in developing something that we know is high-quality and that we know will deliver in the marketplace. The best example I can give you of this, and I think you will appreciate it, is Legend of Zelda Wind Waker. Remember when that art style was first shown. The uproar from the Zelda community was intensely negative. If there had been social media then, there probably would have been a petition to make that game go away.
So, the game is developed, becomes one of the most beloved games of all time, one of the most highly-rated games of all time, so I use that example to say: ‘We know what we’re doing, trust us, play the game and then we can have a conversation.’ —Reggie Fils-Aime
I think the The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker comparison is a good one. Initially, people bashed Wind Waker and were completely against it due to the graphics. However, over time, more people gave it a chance and ended up liking it. While this isn’t the same exact situation, this game could end up being in a very similar situation.