Nintendo confirmed today that they will be pushing back the release of two high-level titles, “Metroid: Other M” and “Sin & Punishment 2”. Rumors arose yesterday that the games would be pushed back after an employee at gaming retail chain “Play-N-Trade” said that the store planned to change their official release dates. Unfortunately, the wait for “Metroid: Other M” just got quite a bit longer; the game, originally set to drop on June 27th, won’t be in stores until August 31st now. Meanwhile, “S&P2” has been moved back from June 7th into Metroid’s original date, June 27th. Nintendo hasn’t given an official reason for the delays, but told Kotaku:
“this game [Metroid: Other M] is the product of a unique partnership between longtime Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto, Team Ninja and many other individuals and groups, all of whom have set very high standards for this latest installment in the series. Although it’s taking slightly longer than expected to complete the project, we’re confident that fans will find it to be well worth the wait.”
In other words, they’re just not going to finish in time.
Just remember kids; though the announcement is a real bummer, it’s true what they say; “Good things come to those who wait.”
This new trailer for Metroid: Other M is the first to have actual gameplay. On that subject, two things stick out during the trailer: First, the gameplay looks super-fast. Significantly faster than any of the “Prime” games… Or any game in the series, really. Second, the trailer shows that, while you generally hold the controller the old-fashioned way (Sideways), aiming the controller at the screen like a remote changes the perspective to the first person for precision shooting.
Between this and “Mario Galaxy 2”, it’s going to be a great spring for Nintendo fans…
Nintendo held their US media summit San Francisco today. At the conference, they announced the release dates for their first-party lineup for Spring and Summer, 2010. Most exciting and surprising were the release dates for Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M, which will both be in stores this spring. Galaxy 2 will be coming out May 23’rd, while the new 2D Metroid is set to be released on June 27’th. Frankly speaking, until yesterday’s hint from Nintendo’s Australian summit (They’re going to be having international “summits” all week), it was widely assumed that word would come at E3 that both games would be ready some time around Christmas. Other interesting releases include the US release of Monster Hunter Tri (April 20’th) and Sin & Punishment 2: Star Successor (June 7’th) and whole bunch WiiWare titles, including Mega Man 10 (March 1’st).
You might be asking; “well now that they’ve done all this, what is Nintendo gonna show at E3?” Well, the word is that, regardless of what Nintendo says now, that they will be unveiling the DS-2 at this year’s big show. Announcing AAA titles like Mario Galaxy 2 now will presumably free Nintendo of the responsibility to promote their releases at E3 so they can focus on the console launch.