Metroid Prime 4: everything we know (so far) | Digital Trends Spanish

One of Nintendo’s most loved (and perhaps least popular) franchises is that of Metroid. This series was originally born on the NES in the 80s and put us in the shoes of Samus Aran, a bounty hunter. And now, three decades later, fans are impatiently waiting for the next installment in the series, Metroid Prime 4. The Serie Prime in particular, it reconverts the 2D formula of the original into a 3D adventure that, despite the change in perspective to the first person, still feels like Metroid.

And although Nintendo has not provided more information about the game for a long time, there are some details that can be found from different internet sources. Next, we give you a compilation of them.

First things first: the trailer

The game was revealed during E3 2017, albeit in a very minimalist way. At that time they were just beginning to work, so only a logo was shown confirming that the project was in development.

Metroid Prime 4 It is undoubtedly a good announcement in the Nintendo catalog, but the lack of information generated some disappointment among the most fans of the saga.

Release date

Metroid Prime 4 It has had a somewhat complicated history since the original announcement. At the time, Bandai Namco was believed to be working on the game, with Nintendo acting as the project supervisor. And this information was never confirmed, beyond the fact that it was known that Retro Studios -the team behind the Metroid Prime originals – would not be involved in the game.

After the announcement, there was no further discussion of the game for a while until January 2019, when Nintendo announced that the development of Metroid Prime 4 it had been restarted due to the low quality of what was carried until then. “Since we announced the game, we have not provided more information. And as a result of the results, we must announce that so far we have not reached the standards that we seek in a sequel to Metroid PrimeShinya Takahashi of Nintendo indicated in the video above.

“Nintendo is always looking to make high-quality games. And in the development phase, we challenge ourselves to make the projects turn out as well as possible, ”Takahashi explained. “And if we are not satisfied with what we are achieving, we will not be able to deliver to our users what they expect.”

Finally, Nintendo announced that Retro Studios would take over the development of Metroid Prime 4, under the direction of producer Kensuke Tanabe who has long been associated with the series. In the same video, Takahashi added that “there is still a long way to go until we deliver new information” and this has been the case, since not much more has been known since then.

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In December 2020, Retro Studios was still looking for staff to work on the game; specifically, an artificial intelligence specialist to design the bosses of the game. The studio still has several openings to come, and several of them in leadership positions: animators, lighting artists and more.

All this indicates that Metroid Prime 4 It won’t be ready any time soon, and even if Retro has been working on full blast since January 2019, that means it’s barely two years in development. Therefore, the game seems difficult to appear before the end of 2021, although the most realistic thing would be to think that it will arrive in 2022 considering that Nintendo seeks the highest possible quality. And that wait is probably not a problem for fans.


Until what is known, Metroid Prime 4 is in development for Nintendo Switch. It would not be a surprise, that yes, that taking into account the work time that the game has left, it becomes an intergenerational title like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which came out for the GameCube and Wii. Or the same Breath of the Wild, which came to Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

It would also make sense for Nintendo to want to release the game on a newer platform. Typically the company releases new consoles every five to six years and the Nintendo Switch went on sale in 2017, so yes. Metroid Prime 4 It does not release until 2022, it could well become a premiere game for a future Nintendo platform.

The only clear thing so far is that the game will be exclusive to a Nintendo console and will not be released on any Xbox, any PlayStation or the PC.


In Metroid Prime multiplayer is not unheard of. In Metroid Prime 2 there was local splitscreen multiplayer. In the much reviled Federation Force From 3DS there was online multiplayer, for better and for worse. So far, there is no information as to whether Prime 4 is going to have multiplayer or not, but some fans have been quite explicit in asking Nintendo to add cooperative mode, beyond the fact that this is not exactly an area in which the Japanese company excels.

Yet Metroid Prime It could do with a couple of cooperative and competitive modes, although it is most likely that at the moment Retro Studios are busier implementing the most basic elements of the game. If it is to bet, we would say that it is possible that in Metroid Prime It will have some component that allows you to play with (or against) other people via the Internet.

Downloadable content

Nintendo is generally not a company that saturates its games with expansions and bonus content. They have done some experiments with games on the Nintendo Switch and without going any further, the downloadable content of Breath of the Wild was praised by the world for adding story extras and other cosmetic items for $ 20. And the same happened with the expansion of Splatoon 2, which left the fans of the game very happy.

In Metroid Prime 4 There could be post-launch content in two formats: for example, a story expansion that adds extra missions, or even adding known areas from old games just for nostalgia. And if the game had multiplayer, the extras of the cosmetic type or even new maps are never too many.

Anyway, for now all this is speculation because of the project very little is known. One thing’s for sure: even Nintendo can’t resist releasing paid downloadable content.


The most curious of everything that happens with Metroid Prime 4 is that despite its difficulties in development, the game can be purchased through Amazon. The title has been available in the store for a long time and since in general Nintendo is a company that can be trusted as to the quality of the games they produce, so buying it in pre-order does not mean taking too many risks. Nintendo is not going to risk the poster of a saga like Metroid Prime 4, which may be less popular than others, but it is still an important part of the company’s history.

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