Yesterday we brought back the Daily Delib by asking you guys what franchises you think could use a reboot. It's a common trend for TV shows, comic books, and movie franchises to be rebooted for a new generation, and the trend has spread to the video game world as well in recent years. Games like Tomb Raider, DMC: Devil May Cry, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow have achieved success by starting a franchise over with a clean slate. Often many of the existing characters and themes return, but the story takes a new path and sometimes the gameplay differs as well.
If done poorly, reboots are harshly criticized as the last dying breath of a failing brand, or a desperate cash-grab that lacks innovation. However, if done successfully, a reboot can revitalize a franchise and create a new audience for itself. I think it's about time that one of my favorite franchises aims for the latter. Metroid could use a reboot.