Metroid Prime: Federation Force is coming to the Nintendo 3DS this Aug. 19 for players in the United States and Sept. 2 for those in Europe.

The game was earlier launched during E3 2015 where its big reveal caused a bit of disappointment for fans of the franchise. The developer's decision to turn the beloved single-player game into a multiplayer cooperative one was not what fans had been expecting.

They wanted Samus, the game's main protagonist, and they wanted a "true Metroid" game, not some four-player co-op mission-based game that brought "disgrace" to the franchise.

A running petition against the game's release now has 23,959 signatures as of writing, 1,041 left to complete its goal of 25,000 supporters. On YouTube, the game's trailer has more than a million views with 9,995 likes versus 86,321 dislikes.

As it currently stands, Metroid Prime: Federation Force is designed to work together with the new Nintendo 3DS system, incorporating the device's C-stick for dual analog control. Up to four players can play in one game session where they'll be completing mission objectives to progress through the world of Metroid Prime.

A soccer-like mini-game is also available called Metroid Prime: Blast Ball that allows 3-on-3 gameplay if players want to take a break from the main game's action-packed local area network (LAN) or online missions.

It's been nearly 10 years since Metroid Prime was released for the Nintendo platform, initially arriving as a first-person shooter on the Wii, which players thought would ruin the series.

But it didn't, and fans would come to love the game, making it one of Nintendo's most beloved classics.

The company is confident that it knows what its players want, but it will "also push the envelope in developing something that [it] knows is high-quality and will deliver in the marketplace," according to Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, who asked that fans trust the company to deliver.

We'll soon find out if the fans still do this coming Aug. 19 and Sept. 2. Metroid Prime: Federation Force will be available in physical and digital editions.

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