It's been quite some time since the last Metroid game. Five years, in fact(Eight, if you're one of the people that hated Other M). So when Nintendo announced Metroid Prime: Federation Force during the Digital Event, instead of being giddy with joy, Metroid fans were instead enraged at what one fan termed as "disrespectful" and an "atrocity". It makes sense for the Metroid fandom to be upset, as the game neither features series staple Samus Aran, nor does it have the classic Metroid gameplay. Instead, what we get is a first-person, team-based shooter with no actual exploration, with a bizarre sports minigame(Blast Ball) thrown in. However, this is a spinoff game, much like Metroid Prime: Hunters was. Furthermore, although Retro Studios, the team behind the Metroid Prime series, is not developing Federation Force, the game is in more than capable hands with Next Level Games, who made Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Punch-Out!!, and various Mario sports titles. Metroid Prime: Federation Force should end up being a decent and fun game, at the very least.
I can understand the disappointment of the fanbase, but the complete vitriol being directed at Federation Force is uncalled for. For example, there's a petition requesting that Nintendo cancel Metroid Prime: Federation Force. To me, that is completely insane. First off, by making a petition like that, you are not only making yourselves seem like entitled children, you're also making all of us look bad. Asking that Nintendo cancel Federation Force because it's not the Metroid game you wanted is akin to throwing a hissyfit because you received a candy bar instead of ice cream. I don't feel entitled to a new F-Zero game simply because I support Nintendo, and I've been waiting for 12 years on that one. Either they make one, or they don't, and to feel insulted that the game you wanted wasn't made is a little silly. Secondly, there's a lot of people working very hard on this game, and they don't deserve to have their game ripped to shreds before it's even released. Let's say the petition is successful and Federation Force is canceled. How likely is Nintendo going to make new Metroid games in the future, if they have to worry about a salty fanbase making demands of them? Finally, the petition claims that no one wants Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Sure, it may not be very popular right now, with ten times more dislikes than likes on the official trailer on YouTube, but most of that is due to the kneejerk reaction to its announcement. I expect that number to eventually even out a little bit once the initial shock has passed.
Basically, those of you who hate Metroid Prime: Federation Force are going about this the wrong way. Nintendo's not going to listen to you say "I don't like this game, so nobody else should get to play it either". If you are that opposed to the idea of Federation Force, then don't buy it. Vote with your wallet. I, for one, would like the chance to try the game and judge it for myself. Personally, if I were in your shoes, I would instead send a petition merely asking for a new Metroid game(or F-Zero, for that matter) of your desire, rather than trying to get rid of one you don't want to play. Metroid Prime: Federation Force deserves to exist, whether you like it or not.