It hasn’t been a relatively good past 24 hours for Nintendo admittedly. More pressing, neither has it been easy sailing for Metroid fans whom had, prior to the Digital Event yesterday, been eagerly awaiting and expecting the announcement of a new Wii U title featuring the iconic bounty hunter. But in an interview with Eurogamer, one of the Prime trilogy’s lead producers, Kensuke Tanabe, has admitted there are – and have been – no plans for a new Wii U follow-up to 2010’s (it has to be said) somewhat disappointing Wii title, Other M. Stressing the time required to develop and create the game, Tanabe even went on to admit that any major Metroid game now could and would likely surface as an NX title instead.
“If we started for Wii U now, it would likely take three years or so. So it would likely now be on Nintendo’s NX console…I’m the producer of the Metroid Prime series, and [Metroid co-creator] Yoshio Sakamoto is the one in charge of Metroid itself.
I’m not sure when he’s planning on making such an announcement so I can’t speak for him. We have nothing to announce on working with any specific team.“
As we reported yesterday, fans have been pretty vocal about the latest ‘Metroid’ title to be shown by Nintendo, Metroid Prime Federation Force – a 4-player co-op shooter featuring members of the Galactic Federation – via social media and Nintendo’s YouTube channel. At this present time, the ratio of dislikes to likes for the reveal trailer on YouTube video is now at nearly 10:1 with over 34,000 dislikes. Only weeks after the Wii U’s announcement back in 2011, Metroid was often one of the more frequent and popular speculations/requests in terms of how the Gamepad could be used in-game – users mapping Prime’s infamous visor mechanic to the console’s tablet controller; a method for scanning and perhaps first-person combat a few of the fans’ concepts for possible inclusion. Sadly, if this news proves true in the long-run, it looks like we won’t be getting that anytime soon. And that’s a real shame.