Reggie Explains Why Metroid Prime 4 Was Announced So Early in Developement

Nintendo typically likes to reveal brand new games with at least some gameplay, if not the ability for some folks to go hands on. That isn’t always the case however, and this E3 was no exception with the announcement of Metroid Prime 4. So why did Nintendo choose to unveil the title now, probably a full year before they are actually ready to show off the title? President of Nintendo of America goes on to explain why now in a conversation with IGN:

“You know, for us, we believe that having hands-on opportunity married to an announcement is really the best way to do it. And so let’s take Super Mario Odyssey for example. We could have announced it months ago, but we weren’t yet ready, the team wasn’t ready, to show it and to let the consumer really understand visually how the hat mechanic works, how the capture mechanic comes into play. And so that’s how we think these through.”

“For certain games, games that will be in development for, let’s call it a decent amount of time, like Metroid Prime 4 — also, given that it’s a franchise that we know people have been very eager to get some news — that’s when, fine, we’ll share it. We’ll share it early. Others, we want to hold closer in and reveal it when the gameplay is going to be available. It literally is game by game, title by title, how we make that decision.”

Source: IGN

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

A veteran in the video game media sphere, Nathanial co-founded Gamnesia, founded MetroidWiki.org, ran the news the segment on the Zelda Universe Podcast, found and ran Zelda Domain from 1998 to 2006, and built Zelda Informer as the Editor-in-Chief from 2008 to 2017. He now owns and operates Nintendo Prime. You can follow him on twitter @NateJanc, otherwise just stay tuned at Nintendo Prime for more of his work.

  • Jakob

    I believe it was a smart decision. Even though we probably won’t see or hear anything more about it until at the very soonest this holiday season or early next year, this is good to stir the interest and reassure those that are huge fans of Metroid, such as myself, that this is in the works.

    • Brian McBehrer

      I know that all I needed was to see the number 4 and hear that music, and I was SOLD.

    • rafael

      i would bet next e3, sorry

  • Thebuzz76

    Tl;dr/real reason: “Because everyone gave us shit for Federation Force and clearly wanted this. Here, be excited.”

  • Kenneth Nyman

    It’s true we didn’t get any game play, but we did get game play for Samus Returns. A fair trade.

  • Martin Roselli

    It really lines up with what they always do, tbh