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Metroid itself doesn't mesh with what Next Level usually makes, but Federation Force certainly does, regardless of how much that upsets right-handed fans.
I love Metroid. I have them all, including Prime Pinball, and not once did I go "this offends me as a fan that I am not Samus and it looks cartoony".
Instead, I saw "OMG NEXT LEVEL. OMG METROID SOCCER AND METROID FOUR SWORDS/MONSTER HUNTER".
That aside, it is cartoony, it has multiplayer, the troops have character, it looks and seems fun, and it has a sports element. It feels enough like a project from Next Level. It feels enough like a project for them as well.
Now, would I instinctively suggest they make a core Metroid? No, but only because I don't know how it would be. I also wouldn't have suggested Retro making Donkey Kong. It remains to be seen. The main difference there, however, is that Retro kept the respective tones of each series while NLG keeps their own tone across everything.