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How much would you invest in Metroid Prime 4 if you were in Nintendo ?

20 milions or less 26 31.71%
21-40 milions 26 31.71%
41-60 milions 8 9.76%
61-80 milions 6 7.32%
81-100 milions 1 1.22%
Over 100 milions ! 10 12.20%
Nothing, cancel the game ... 5 6.10%

I'd invest top tier BotW money and here's why: the demand for the game is huge, that's obvious by the reactions across the gaming community when it was announced last E3. Moreover, it has the potential for hype to go through the roof if Nintendo treats it like their highest tier games and really knocks it out of the park. It has a hugely popular platform to launch on with an install base that will likely be approaching 50m when it releases (assuming it's at least a year away). None of the Prime games have ever really had this since the GCN install base was never very big, and Wii was still in its infancy and only 9 months old when MP3 came out.  Now I know the counter argument is going to be that Metroid has never been a huge seller so why would this?

The answer lies in games like Skyrim, BotW, and most recently God of War. All of those games absolutely destroyed the previous sales ceilings in their franchises because the respective studios went all out for them and delivered products that blew people away. This made the hype and word of mouth explode for them. 

The same thing can happen for MP4 if Nintendo plays this right. Again, the insane reactions over the reveal prove the potential for massive hype is there for the game. But they have to be willing to treat it like it's a Super Mario game or something, much like Sony treated the new God of War as if it were a GTA level of popularity game. And it paid off huge, the game could come close to tripling the lifetime sales of the previous best seller in the franchise. I can see a similar situation for MP4 where it does around 3x MP1's franchise high for 7-9m lt if they invest in and treat it as a top tier exclusive. Also, they should steal a page from God of War's playbook and drop the 4, that could hinder its ability to appeal to as wide of a new audience. Just give it a subtitle.

Last edited by HyrulianScrolls - on 05 May 2018

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I don't know, I'd like to get to know the developers first.

Considering the sales of the previous Prime games, anything over 40 million is very unlikely.

This is one game they cannot afford to cheap out on.

I'm not saying give it a GTA-esque budget higher than the GDP of some developing nations, but the original Metroid Prime games were renowned for their production values, with handcrafted detail poured into every room, fixture, and creature. It's a big part of what made their worlds so immersive and memorable.

If they cut corners on this one and make it look like a low budget knockoff, the game's appeal and impact will be crippled.

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Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series X will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Typically, I'd agree with 20m. But I think there's a chance they want to try and push Metroid to the forefront of their lineup; a more adult looking game for a more adult oriented Nintendo - so something like 50m.

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If MP4 gets BOTW level reception, you can bet the sales will go through the roof for it. But I do think they have to invest top tier money for that to happen. This is a game that needs very expensive production values.

Make a Metroid Prime Trilogy HD + the hype that has already been created by Metroid Prime 4, I would bet for this game surpassing the 4 million in sales, maybe they could put a season pass? an investment of 30 - 40 million would be possible.

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Enough so that it would require about a million sales to equal profit. Or half the cost of Zelda BoTW.

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Being cost efficient, I can see Nintendo pouring half the budget they had for BOTW with this one.

Though I would like if the game was treated in the same way than BOTW. It will be their flagship title for 2019 Holiday, so it'll need a GOOD budget.

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20m at max. Honestly, Nintendo could make a very polished and beautiful game with that budget. They're very good at managing resources.

Bet with Teeqoz for 2 weeks of avatar and sig control that Super Mario Odyssey would ship more than 7m on its first 2 months. The game shipped 9.07m, so I won