In a recent interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé discussed the fallout surrounding Nintendo’s announcement of Metroid Prime: Federation Force, as well as fans’ desire for a traditional Metroid game.
According to Reggie, Nintendo knows that fans want a proper Metroid game; they know that fans want a game starring Samus Aran, but they don’t want to announce anything that could be five or six years off like other companies do. Here’s Reggie’s full statement:
Kotaku: My curiosity is: Do they [Nintendo] know that people still want a Samus Aran adventure?
Kotaku: I was surprised there was no messaging that said, ‘Don’t worry, we know you’re interested in this as well….’
Fils-Aimé: Look, we know that the fans want a straight Samus Aran game. We also know that the best way to launch a game like that is to surprise and delight them, to give them a launch date, in an environment like this let them play it vs. what other companies do which is to announce a project that you may not see for five, six years. It’s just not the way we do things. We know the community wants to see a straight-up Metroid game. We know it.
So, while it does seem like Nintendo knows that fans want a new Metroid game starring Samus, Reggie’s comments also seem to indicate that such a game could still be five or six years away. What do you guys think?