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Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Project Valkyrie Metroid Prime

Did You Know Gaming has secured new details on Project Valkyrie, a number of prototypes for the Metroid series that eventually turned into Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

You may recall that there was talk of a cancelled Metroid 3DS project in 2014 and 2015 that tied in with some pieces of concept art shared by a Next Level Games employee. Much was made of the image for Samus pictured above at the time.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force is arguably the black sheep of the franchise. From the initial reveal to release, things did not go well for the game. Unfortunately, it was just not received warmly in the slightest.

Nintendo of Canada communications manager Andrew Collins commented on the game’s reception as part of an interview with EP Network. In his view, Federation Force “was a great package” and fans were particularly critical since Samus wasn’t the focus.

Collins’ full words:

Tourian Tourist has reported that the new Metroid amiibo that launched alongside Metroid: Samus Returns is compatible with Metroid Prime: Federation Force. The amiibo unlocks a Flying Life-Form Paint Job in Federation Force and a Floating Parasite Paint Job in Blast Ball. 

Here’s a look at the Flying Life-Form Paint Job:

And the Floating Parasite Paint Job:


Nintendo has released a first update for Metroid Prime: Federation Force and the Blast Ball demo. Version 1.1.0 is now available for download.

Here are the full patch notes pertaining to both versions:

– Fixed an issue that caused errors to occur when beginning Online Play in Blast Ball.
– Added a count-down timer to the team selection screen in the Online Play mode of Blast Ball.
– During matches in the Online Play mode of Blast Ball, players will be disconnected if they fail to make any inputs for a set amount of time.
– Other adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

The Metroid Prime Federation Force update is 446 blocks, or 55.75MB. The Blast Ball update is 420 blocks, or 52.5MB.


Two more games have been added to Nintendo’s maintenance schedule for the week. Online play in Splatoon and Metroid Prime: Federation Force will both be affected for around 100 minutes.

Here’s the lineup of times:


– 5:50 PM PT (September 13) – 7:30 PM PT (September 13)
– 8:50 PM ET (September 13) – 10:30 PM ET (September 13)
– 1:50 AM in the UK (September 14) – 3:30 AM in the UK (September 14)
– 2:50 AM in Europe (September 14) – 4:30 AM in Europe (September 14)

Metroid Prime: Federation Force / Metroid Prime: Blast Ball Demo

– 5:50 PM PT (September 14) – 7:30 PM PT (September 14)
– 8:50 PM ET (September 14) – 10:30 PM ET (September 14)
– 1:50 AM in the UK (September 15) – 3:30 AM in the UK (September 15)
– 2:50 AM in Europe (September 15) – 4:30 AM in Europe (September 15)


This past Friday, Metroid Prime: Federation Force released in Europe. Nintendo now has a new launch trailer for the game available – see it below.

Select GameStop locations will be hosting a demo event for two 3DS titles on Saturday. The upcoming Dragon Quest VII and just-released Metroid Prime: Federation Force will be on display. Both can be played from 1 PM to 4 PM local time.

Head past the break for a lineup of participating locations.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force might be one of Nintendo’s most controversial games in recent years. The reception has been very mixed – leaning more towards the negative side – since its reveal in 2015, and the conversations haven’t slowed down since then. But on Friday, the game finally launched and everyone has a chance to play it for themselves.

We thought Metroid Prime: Federation Force was alright, as you can read in our review. It’s definitely not one of the worst titles on 3DS, but we feel it’s not towards the top of what the system has to offer as well. The critical reception has also been mixed. Some outlets feel strongly that Federation Force is a great release while others haven’t felt nearly the same. Given how things have gone for the game, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by the critical reaction.

If you’ve had a chance to play Metroid Prime: Federation Force since it came out yesterday, what are your feelings on it thus far? If you don’t have it yet, do you intend to change that at any point down the line? What are your thoughts on it in general? Let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – August 2016

System: 3DS
Release date: August 19, 2016
Developer: Next Level Games
Publisher Nintendo

If you’re like a me who hasn’t kept up a ton with Metroid, you probably don’t know a whole lot about Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Since its unveiling, the 3DS title has remained shrouded in mystery for quite some time. Only one factor has remained a constant during its existence, which is that the game is unlike any other Metroid to date. Ditching the series’ iconic feeling of isolation and turning more towards four-player multiplayer, it attempts to reach for the stars and try something new. Therein lies the recurring problem with Federation Force, however. While the new ideas are fun, they offer equally as many bonuses as they do flaws.

Nintendo posted a trailer for the just-launched Metroid Prime: Federation Force to its YouTube page. We have it below.

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