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Metroid Prime 4 isn't at E3 2018 due to releasing timing, Nintendo says it's not fair to repeatedly tease fans

Yesterday we heard from a couple Nintendo employees on why Metroid Prime 4 isn't part of Nintendo E3 2018 plans. Now Reggie Fils-Aime has chimed in on the matter to explain things further.

“We believe it is not fair to the fan to repeatedly tease them (fans) over time about a game. That’s why we tend to focus close in, typically in a six- to nine-month timeframe, and go deep in sharing content and information on a particular piece of content. But right now, for something that’s not launching in 2018, it just wasn’t the right time.”

Could this comment be a subtle jab at what Microsoft and Sony do? They've certainly featured games for 2+ years running that aren't releasing until 2019, or haven't been given a release date at all.

Categories: Consoles
Tags: eshop, metroid, switch

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They've been taking this route ever since the Switch launch, and so far they've been trying to avoid revealing a game before the year it's supposed to come out as much as possible.

As much as some people may disagree with that, I support that decision and I hope they stick true with it, because the constant teasing can create a burnout in audiences like what we've seen with the last few Sony conferences both at E3 and PSX. I am much more content with a modest showcase of titles that are actually coming within the next 6-12 months than a load of teasers/logos with vague release windows if at all.

They've been taking this route ever since the Switch launch, and so far they've been trying to avoid revealing a game before the year it's supposed to come out as much as possible.

As much as some people may disagree with that, I support that decision and I hope they stick true with it, because the constant teasing can create a burnout in audiences like what we've seen with the last few Sony conferences both at E3 and PSX. I am much more content with a modest showcase of titles that are actually coming within the next 6-12 months than a load of teasers/logos with vague release windows if at all.

Exactly. And I'm okay with this. They only announced MP4 was in development because fans have been asking for a sequel for a decade. And they wanted us to be at ease with the knowledge that it was coming.

hawk
Wed Jun 13 18 05:19pm
Rating: 5

I disagree, Nintendo. Feel free to tease me with Metroid as often as you like.

I'd rather be teased than left with only Smash Bros to look forward to.

Oh wait, they showed us Mario Party too. Wheeeee! :|

Actually what is unfair to fans is to announce a game and then go silent on it for years. It would be completely reasonable and natural for fans to expect to get an update on the game at E3 and you just did nothing. That is what is not fair. Even showing some concept art and saying that you are still working hard on the game and to please wait awhile longer is better than just acting like people aren't expecting an update at all.

To be fair, they did say they are still working on it.

During the presentation? If so I must have missed that. Because watching the presentation and then going "Where was Metroid?" and being let down and then hunting down Reggie or Bill Trinen and asking them about it in some little interview is not what I am talking about.

All they said was that they were working on it and it wasn’t in any presentable form (it’s only been a year so they might not have that much assists to show off).

Yeah but to be fair I was talking about during the E3 presentation they should have given an update then. I'm not talking about little comments made during an interview when they were asked where Metroid was.

Well, that’s apparently their answer. They were no where near close enough to show it at any form.

I agree. They could have at least had the studio head on video saying it’s going to be awhile, but to please be excited by what they’ve created so far. Sort of like what they did with Zelda where BOTW was shown off and it was just them riding around a field for the most part. Even concept art or storyboards for what they’re going for would be cool to see.

If you're so hurt stop supporting Nintendo. You feel like they treat you unfairly? Show them how you feel with your wallet. I don't like they way EA treats it's customers, but I like madden. I don't buy madden becuase I don't want to support EA. Sure I miss out in a game I like every year, but so many games come out a year that I never really notice.

So go ahead and do that. This way you won't be so upset when Nintendo makes choices that seem odd to you. I feel like Nintendo treats us with respect. They do things like bring in Ridley to smash after years of saying they don't want him In. They also go through the legal trouble of bringing back guest characters like snake and Ryu. I'm happy with the way Nintendo treats me, and I'll buy metroid whenever they release it.

I'm not really hurt about it. I used the word 'unfair' because Reggie did. I thought it was funny/weird/crazy that Reggie thinks it would be unfair to fans to give an update on Metroid. I mean what planet is he living on? From what I am seeing, most Metroid fans wanted an update, even a small one. It is better than saying nothing about it like it doesn't exist. A whole year goes by you should have something to say.

I already support what I want and don't support what I don't want.

It seems to me you are very hurt by this years e3 show. However i feel like I am bothering you on this matter so this will be my final reply. I hope you get what you're looking for in video games.

Which is why they teased it last year. Versus this year. So we would have to wait for another tease.

I think that’s a smart idea. We already got so hyped up with Splatoon, Smash, and more. I think we got plenty on our plate this week.

I’m alright with it. It’s only been a year since it happened, so expecting it to be shown off that early seems unreasonable. However, if it’s 2-3 years, then we may have a problem.

I can understand not doing a full gameplay reveal, it does get to a point where after you've seen a game in motion so many times it can start to feel old before its even released. They did the same with BotW only showing teaser and early gameplay one year, going totally silent on it the next and then having a full blowout in 2016. Made finally seeing it that much more special and then it was released 9 months later.

All that said...just a brief CG teaser trailer for us to pore over for the next year or whatever would have probably done most of us just fine. Sad

This one seemed fair to me. They didn't announce this one as a 2018 title with an epic trailer like they did with Yoshi.

Not sure why people expected it to be there. I don't expect it until 2020

hinph
Wed Jun 13 18 06:20pm
Rating: 1

Unless it's Zelda. She a tease.

I can understand this. Sony showed off Spider-Man 3 years ago and I wanted it so much i went out and bought a ps4. Then they showed off a ton of gameplay last year and I said YES IT'S COMING SOON... Now they've shown it for a third time and I'm over it. I'll wait for it to hit $20 used on eBay and I'll get it then. I've waited this long after all what's another 3 months or so after release?

Wed Jun 13 18 06:56pm
Rating: 2 (Updated 2 times)

This is BS from Nintendo. They promised everything under the sun at last year's E3 and then conveniently went silent. Why? So people would buy the Switch knowing that the game they wanted will eventually release.

- Pokemon, the real one, talked about last year. Nothing shown last year, nothing shown this year, coming out next year.
- Bayonetta 3, tiny clip shown last year, nothing this E3, 2019 release at the earliest.
- Yoshi, shown last year, nothing this year, 2019 release
- Fire Emblem, talked about last year, shown this E3, releasing 2019.
- Shin Megami Tensei V, short clip last year, nothing this year, 2019 release possibly
- Metroid Prime 4, just a rehashed logo and music shown last year, nothing this year, will be out 2019 at the earliest, a real possibility for 2020.

Nintendo have done this numerous times before. Breath of the Wild, anyone? If Nintendo are having a dig at anyone, they need only look in the mirror. So what they did at last years E3 wasn't a tease? Ya, right!

Yeah I see people give Sony/Microsoft flack here for doing that exact thing all the time but when Nintendo does it it's okay...If they didn't want to tease people with Metroid Prime 4 then they shouldn't have even announced it last year in the first place...

I hate comments like these. It's rarely ever the same people expressing both views. One group would give flack for Sony for doing it, another would be okay with Nintendo doing it, only one or two people would be deranged fan boys that expressed both opinions. We're all individuals, and not a hive mind. Hello.

Combine that with a huge Wii U-era drought this year and it's pretty sad that we have to wait until november for the real first party heavy hitters come... And that's discounting Let's Go's quality which is likely to be bad. Third parties may actually have to hold the boat up this year, but I'm unsure just how many day-and-date titles we'll be getting this year outside of Mega Man 11. Kinda sad when next to SSBU the most hyped title for me is the SNK 40TH collection.

mariostarn
Mon Jun 18 18 02:43am
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Just gonna drop this here
Friendly reminder that just because you don't care/like a game doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

donzaloog
Wed Jun 13 18 07:04pm
Rating: 2

According to Bill Trinen, they showed trailers and titles screens for far off games last year because it was the first year of the Switch's life and they needed to build hype for it.

Which makes perfect sense.

Dang, some people comment as if they kickstarted Metroid

Jab at Ubisoft as well. BGE2 is at least two years away. Probably more.

Also FFVII Remake which was a complete no show this year and then there's Death Stranding which had no release date and people still don't know wtf it's about. At least Capcom figured it out though with DMC5 and REmake2.

If botw was delayed twice, then it should be fine for this game to do the same.

...There is no delay to speak of. There was never any sort of release window announced at all, so this game can't be delayed

Someone tell Ninty that it's okay to be unfair sometimes. (~_~)

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