While Nintendo is feeling the love from gamers and media these days, MTV News
has taken a step back from the hype and is asking Nintendo, "Where are the games?". While I do feel it's very early to be asking such questions and making indirect accusations, it does seem that they've extracted the code words for "game delay" from NoA President Reggie Fils-Aime regarding Metroid Prime 3
In the same Newsweek
interview where Fils-Aime promised there would be no Wii gaming drought, he stated Metroid Prime 3
would be released in "early 2007". What's more, he told MTV News that the game would precede Super Mario Gallaxy
. It seems plans may have changed, at least, according to MTV's interview with Fils-Aime at last week's DICE conference.
"What I will tell you about 'Metroid' is that 'Metroid' will be fabulous," he said. "I think it's fair to say that all of us were disappointed with the sales of 'Metroid Prime 2,' [the game's developer] Retro included. The focus on 'Prime 3' is to make that the stellar game for a first-person experience on the platform. ... What that means is we're going to make sure it's perfect when we launch it. I think this is one where your readers — the fans of Nintendo, the core gamer — need to recognize that when we release it, it will be perfect. And if that's a little later than folks would have liked, I'm hoping they're going to be happy.
Anytime gamers are told that developers want to make sure a game is perfect before it is released is a good indication that the game is about to be delayed. However, before jumping to conclusions, we should all keep in mind that Metroid Prime 3
was originally slated as a Wii launch title. So, it is possible that Fils-Aime was referring to the original delay when he made these comments. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
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