Nintendo’s release calendar has seen multiple Mario and Zelda titles, almost all of which were great, but the focus on those two franchises has caused the company to overlook much of its vast collection of characters. Nintendo needs to reach deeper into its library to add some variety to its upcoming lineup. Two franchises that’ve been the particularly overlooked for the last few years are sci-fi series Metroid and Star Fox, and that makes 2014 the right time to finally put both in the spotlight again.
By the time E3 comes around, Retro Studios will have already shipped its next Donkey Kong Country game, making the time right to reveal its return to the Metroid series. But we think, given Retro’s recent work in 2D games, that the next Metroid will be a 2.5D throwback instead of another FPS. As for Star Fox, we’re not sure who will develop it, but we’re so starved for Arwing firefights that we’d settle for a two hour long eShop game at this point.