On the 15th June 2021, Nintendo announced during its E3 Nintendo Direct that Metroid Dread would be releasing on Nintendo Switch. It blew the minds of many members of the team, as we are sure it did for many of our readers. We wanted to gather the team’s reactions here.
The Team taking part in this feature:
I’m broken. This trailer broke me. This is what I’ve dreamed of, it’s what I’ve prepared for. We all wanted this, we all cried out for it, and Nintendo finally answered the call. Ever since I was a wee Metroid fan more than a decade ago, I’ve wanted to see Dread, and now I will. The game promises to deliver everything we’ve ever wanted from a 2D Metroid, with sleek movement and combat, the traditional exploration of a desolate place, and answers to questions we’ve always had about the Metroid universe. Sakamoto-san indicated that this would conclude the mainline story arc 35 years in the making. If that’s true, then this is a hell of a way to end it. Thank you, Nintendo!
A dream. I have been reliving the tragic moments of my recent past. I saw Metroid Dread. Wait, it’s real! Metroid Dread is actually happening! I have waited for so long, and from what I saw in the trailer and gameplay footage, it was totally worth it. I can see myself playing through Metroid Fusion for the first time with a friend a lifetime ago! The next four months are going to feel like centuries… I cannot wait to play it, it is exactly what I expected it to be!
If you asked me a few weeks ago how would I feel if Metroid 5 was announced, I’d probably say I would be hyped. Turns out that the feeling I actually had was one of relief. Metroid Fusion was already a few years old when I first started playing Metroid games — and that was almost 15 years ago. Seeing its sequel finally happening gives a different feeling from the usual excitement of game announcements. It’s not just “this game looks really cool”, but rather the knowledge that, after so long, this specific part of my life is finally getting some closure. See you in October.
It’s not often you see a game title getting teased and don’t actually see the product more than ten years later… but then what’s a better way to surprise than to wait until people forget about it then announce it four months prior to launch. Either way, even as a relatively new Metroid fan (circa 2009) this announcement was the second time I literally cried from the Nintendo Direct. If anyone’s interested, the other two times were for Breath of the Wild 2 and Mario Party Superstars!
I can’t believe this is happening. I never even imagined Nintendo would show Metroid Dread during the Direct. I am beyond excited, not just for the longtime Metroid fans but to an entirely new generation of players that will get to experience the series for the first time. When I wake up in the morning I’m rewatching the trailer to make sure I’m not dreaming, because this doesn’t even feel real!
I can’t believe it. I’ve been waiting for this for more than half of my life, since I became a Metroid fan in 2004, and it’s exactly what I wanted! The game looks absolutely amazing.It feels like a love letter to all the passionate longtime fans and a great first experience for new players. I’ll watch the trailer everyday now until the release. Metroid Dread is real….I still can’t believe it. Thank you Mr. Sakamoto, Mercury Steam and Nintendo! I can die in peace now.
I am dead, there is literally no other way to express it, not only is Metroid Prime 4 under development, but we are getting a true sequel to Fusion after waiting for 84 years. Metroid is here to reclaim its purpose!