Two New Metroid Games Being Developed by Retro Studios and Climax Studios [Rumor]

Update: SuperMetalDave64 has since stated that there is still a Metroid game coming at E3, but the studio may be another studio Nintendo has worked with before, if not Climax Studios. Climax Studios has denied involvement with the game on Twitter.

Original story follows:

According to popular Nintendo YouTuber, SuperMetalDave64, two new Metroid games are currently deep into development for Nintendo Switch, with at least one being highly likely to be shown at E3.

Dave appeared on SpawnCast Saturday to share this information.

According to him, Retro Studios has been hard at work on a new 3D Metroid Prime game (he refers to it as Metroid Prime 4), as well as a new IP.

This would line up with recent reports from Emily Rogers, stating the studio has been developing a new title for over three years.

Second, Dave also mentions that another studio, Climax Studios, is developing a new Metroid game, and it’s “probably not going to be a 2D Metroid.” He says that while both projects could be shown off at E3 this year, the Climax Studios project is much more likely to be revealed.

Climax Studios has a history of 2D and 3D games. They released Silent Hills: Shattered Memories for the Wii back in 2009, the 2.5D Assassins Creed Chronicles series in 2015/2016, and are working on the space title Riftstar Raiders. They would be a great fit for the Metroid franchise given the types of games they have produced.

This news would also make sense, as others have speculated that the reason Metroid-like games such as Axiom Verge have not come to Nintendo Switch yet, is that a new 2D Metroid game could be coming soon, and Nintendo wants to keep Metroid to itself once it is announced, to ensure no similar game competition and the most excitement around its announcement.

A new pair of Metroid games would certainly be exciting, and this E3 may be the perfect time to announce one.

Watch the full clip discussing it here:

Would you be interested to see Climax Studios’ take on a Metroid game? Are you excited to finally see Metroid return in 3D? Let us know in the comments below.

-Noah Sanchez, Gamer Splash

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Nintendo Switch – New System Features Detailed, Coming This Year [Unconfirmed]

The Nintendo Switch has been out for nearly two months now. While it has been selling spectacularly, there has been little in the way of system updates. The updates to the system so far have been minor, fixing bugs or improving stability, but there have been no new features added since the day one update.

According to our source, an independent developer close to the company, Nintendo will be adding valuable new system features to the Switch this year. The details are likely to be announced by Nintendo during their E3 presentation or a later Nintendo Direct.

The new features are as follows:

Nintendo Switch notifications – The Nintendo Switch will show notifications from the exposed part of the screen while docked. Notifications may also show up when in portable mode similar to a smartphone screen.

Friend Messenger – With the online service will come messaging between friends. Notifications can be shown on the Switch screen.

Nintendo Switch Themes – Currently, there are two themes to choose on the Nintendo Switch. More will be coming in a future system update, tying in with new games such as Splatoon 2. The new themes will come with music. There will be a theme shop similar to the 3DS.

Streaming Apps – Streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are being prepared and will come this fiscal year. Nintendo wants to release the apps all at once, which is why they have not been released yet.

Cloud Saving – Game saves will be stored in your Nintendo Account, provided you are subscribed to Nintendo’s online service, this Fall.

Web browser – The Nintendo Switch will get a full-fledged web browser this year, similar to the Wii U’s offering. The Switch already has a built-in web browser, but its use is limited and not very accessible.

Wii U Pro Controller and GameCube controller Support – In order to support the Super Smash Bros. release this fiscal year, Nintendo will enable compatibility with Wii U Pro Controllers and GameCube controllers, with a new USB adapter for the latter.

If these features come to fruition, they would be a welcome addition to the Switch, already a stellar gaming console.

What do you think of these features? Would you like to see them come to the Switch? Leave us a comment below.

-Noah Sanchez, Gamer Splash