Metroid: Other M landing down under on Sept. 2

Nintendo dates the latest game to star Samus Aran; releases down under alongside Japan.

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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.

Discussion

12 comments
parduebenjamin
parduebenjamin

That's weird. If the date for Austria is pushed back a few days, then the Austrian gaming community will be more likely to download the file from Americans who share it over the internet right after it's released there. So I don't quite understand how the delay will help stem piracy.

GabeXorn
GabeXorn

Nice to have a date for this now, hope it doesn't change again

SolemnJedi79
SolemnJedi79

How does delaying a games release in a specific region stem piracy in that region? Doesn't the wait breed more piracy? Shouldn't the answer be to synchronise the release with the rest of the world?

illmatic87
illmatic87

@ yabbal right on dude. Funny how Dragon Quest IX - a game published by Nindendo as opposed to the usual square-enix isn't released here yet, but I can guarantee that it is most likely being pirated 10 times over on the DS. Ah well we got Starcraft 2 a day early and our Club Nintendo rewards shats all over the US rewards.

DryMaster
DryMaster

about time. ive checked here every day for about a month to find out

superbuuman
superbuuman

Great :) tho c'mon Nintendo Australia ..you can't just keep pinning 1 incident as an excuse for delay...just really show how pathetic Nintendo Australia really is.

yabbal
yabbal

"Earlier this year Nintendo Australia stated that as a result of Queenslander James Burt leaking New Super Marios Bros. Wii to the rest of the world, future release dates in the region may be delayed to help stem piracy." That doesnt make sense. It doesnt matter which region gets it first, there will be someone in that region working on distributing it on the net.

selbie
selbie

A welcome relief from Galaxy 2's horrid delay.

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

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g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Cool so the gamers down under don't have to wait too long.