Desperate Metroid Fans Reveal Why We Need Nintendo Game Pass
Following Nintendo’s announcement of Terror Metroid At E3 2021, the series exploded in popularity, with many consumers flocking to the old Metroid games in anticipation of the new entry. Unsurprisingly, amiibo and the game’s special edition are already sold out, and Metroid is discussed in a way that caught many of us off guard.
Indeed, the interest in Metroid has grown so much that the old GBA entries, namely Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion, have become successful Wii U games. You read it correctly. The Wii U, which was essentially discontinued in 2016, has grown in popularity because it is the most accessible way to play older Metroid. Games.
While this is a funny observation, it also exposes a major problem for Nintendo when it comes to preserving games. Either way, the worst Nintendo console ever is the best way to play older, vital games in one of the best franchises in the business.
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The Metroid series has always been loved, but oddly enough, it has never been on the same playing field as Mario or Zelda (or even close). Metroid games are generally well rated, but have never been known to be the number one seller. Now that a new 2D Metroid is on the horizon (the first original 2D game in the series for 19 years), many wanted to catch up, or replay previous games.
The problem is, there isn’t a great way to do it, especially if you want to play games released for GBA. If you try to purchase a physical copy of Metroid Fusion for GBA on eBay, you’ll pay well over $ 100. And that’s for a used copy. In addition, you will need a working GBA in your back pocket. Otherwise, you will also have to fork out some money for it which could cost over $ 100 more depending on the condition.
Another way is to play them on 3DS, but you need to be a member of the Ambassador program, which was only available to those who bought the system for $ 250 when it was first released. The Ambassador program offered exclusive games such as The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Wario land 4, and the above Metroid Fusion. If you were not a member of the Ambassador program, you have no way to get these games on 3DS, locking them up forever.
You can play older Metroid games easily … if you have a Wii U
This brings us to the Wii U, a system that hardly anyone has bought. Interestingly, GBA Metroid games are the most accessible on this platform and can be purchased for $ 8 each digitally through Virtual Console.
This is exactly what many players have done. In fact, the games have sold so well that both of these games are the top-selling Wii U games. The Wii U! If you’re having a hard time figuring out how that could be the case, it’s because Nintendo is refusing to release many of its beloved classics for the Switch.
It’s pretty much the antithesis of how Microsoft handled its legacy titles.
With Xbox Game Pass, you can access many titles from the company’s catalog, including deals on the original Xbox. All of these games can be played through Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. The subscription service has performed extremely well for Microsoft and is consistently praised, thanks to its ease of use and emphasis on preservation.
Nintendo has one of the most valuable IPs in video game history. It could easily get away with re-releasing its old games on Switch, offering access to its rich lineup of games, from major entries like Tied to the earth or more obscure games like WarioWare. It has the Nintendo Switch Online service, which is essentially a worse version of Game Pass with a limited selection of older titles from the NES and SNES era. The problem is, the quality of these games varies, with many disappointing entries that feel like afterthought.
It’s frustrating that Nintendo doesn’t give us an easy way to buy its old games. This is why emulation is so important, not because people want to save money, but because you just can’t get a lot of these games on modern hardware.
It’s an age-old complaint for which Nintendo doesn’t seem to have an answer. Since the launch of Nintendo Switch, a virtual console (or equivalent) has been one of the most requested features. The system has over 80 million users, and based on the best-selling games on the platform, the connection rate is often high. All gamers want is the privilege of paying Nintendo to play a wider assortment of classic games, so what does the company have to lose?
The supposed “Nintendo Game Pass” wouldn’t have to be exactly like the best-selling version of Xbox, but the company should at least give us easier access to older games on newer consoles. Because it’s baffling that the most efficient way to play one of the best Nintendo franchises is to play it on one of the company’s worst consoles of all time.