Two of the biggest hype machines from the Nintendo portion of E3 (aside from Super Mario Odyssey) were the announcement of new Metroid and Pokemon games that would be coming out for the Nintendo Switch. However, fans of both shouldn’t get too excited: the Metroid and Pokemon release dates aren’t until 2018.
Since it’s been years since we’ve gotten a Metroid game, and people will always buy another Pokemon game, it’s no surprise that a lot of hype at Nintendo’s E3 went to both Metroid and Pokemon. The last true Metroid game we got was Metroid: Other M, which while reviewed favorably for its gameplay, graphics, music, and atmosphere, did get criticism for its plot and how it portrayed Samus.
Metroid: Other M was released all the way back in 2010, and the last Metroid game we got, the 3DS game “Federation Force“, got extremely negative reviews and was one of those sorts of games that you wonder what exactly they were thinking, when they thought a game would be a good idea.
When it comes to Pokemon, considering the enormous reception that Sun and Moon got (plus there being so few new Pokemon on the game’s roster), Nintendo is doing the logical thing in making a continuation of Sun and Moon. While we don’t know much about either game, hopefully as we get closer to both the Metroid and Pokemon release dates we’ll learn more about them.
In the meantime, all that we can do is wait and see what Metroid has in store for us, whether they tell us more about both games through another Nintendo Direct or at next year’s E3. And hopefully, at one of those events, we’ll learn the Metroid and Pokemon release dates whenever they are in 2018. For now, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope they’re good.