The last few years have seen Nintendo's reputation with core players take a beating thanks to the company's focus on opening up gaming to a mainstream audience. Despite this, hardcore Nintendo fans have remained faithful, with games like Super Mario Galaxy 2 hitting the right notes and the Donkey Kong Country and Kirby reboots giving fans something to look forward to. Today, the company announced that at least one of the games that players have been eagerly awaiting, Metroid: Other M, will be coming down under on September 2.
Fabled Japanese development studio, Team Ninja, of Ninja Gaiden fame, helped develop Metroid: Other M, a title which sees the series add new melee moves to Samus' arsenal. The studio promises the game will also explore Samus’ past and develop and display her personality as a character.
Metroid: Other M’s Australian release date falls in line with the Japanese release but is still a few days behind the North American launch. Aussie gamers have good reason to be concerned about local delays. Earlier this year, Nintendo Australia stated that as a result of Queenslander James Burt leaking New Super Mario Bros. Wii to the rest of the world, future release dates in the region may be delayed to help stem piracy. So far the comment has seen no real impact on Australian gamers, with titles like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Pokemon HeartGold releasing alongside or just behind the rest of the world.