In a sur­prise announce­ment Nin­ten­do con­firmed that Metroid Prime 4 is in devel­op­ment. Metroid Prime 4, accord­ing to IGN, will not be devel­oped by Retro and will instead be devel­oped by a new devel­op­ment team over­seen by series pro­duc­er Ken­suke Tan­abe. 

Right now there are no oth­er details, but the news is being well received after all fans of series have wait­ed over 10 years for this game.

Nin­ten­do also announced the 3DS game Metroid: Samus Returns. Unlike Prime 4, Metroid: Samus Returns launch­es this year on Sep­tem­ber 15th.

The game will be a reimag­in­ing of the clas­sic Metroid II: Samus Returns and devel­oped by Mer­curyS­team. 

Dur­ing the Nin­ten­do Tree­hous Live Stream more details about the game­play were revealed.  Samus can now aim in full 360 degrees, she’ll be able to per­form melee coun­ters, and will gain new abil­i­ties not relat­ed to her suit. These “Aeion abil­i­ties” will be lim­it­ed by her ener­gy meter, but will offer great ben­e­fits such as being able to scan for hid­den paths and items.

There will be a spe­cial edi­tion of the game that includes a sound­track of music from the entire series and a reversible cov­er. An Ami­i­bo of Samus in her Metroid II cov­er pose and an Metroid Ami­i­bo will be released.