Nintendo Offers Metroid, Mother 3 Fans a Glimmer of Hope

"[T]alk to me in a year and let's look back and see what's happened."


Nintendo's Switch presentation has come and gone with no sign from some of the dormant series that fans continue to clamor for--things like Metroid and Mother/Earthbound. Even Arby's is disappointed. And while there still hasn't been anything announced, that doesn't mean you should lose all hope.

Speaking with GameSpot in New York City today, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime knew where we going with one particular question before we could even finish asking. No doubt having heard the request many times over the years, when we mentioned that some franchises have languished in the shadows, Fils-Aime essentially asked the question of himself.

"Oh, so earlier today I got asked about Mother 3; maybe you can ask me about Metroid," he said jovially. "Look, again, I am proud as an executive with Nintendo to say that we look at all of the boards and all of the comments and we really have a good understanding of what our consumers want. And believe me, we take that to heart as we work to create content.

"So I have nothing to announce--here. But we are aware that there are some key IP that consumers just can't wait for the next true installment in that franchise's legacy. Suffice it to say, we're aware of it, and talk to me in a year and let's look back and see what's happened."

That's hardly confirmation that a western release of Mother 3 or a new Metroid will be announced this year, but it will have to be enough for fans for the time being.

There has already been criticism of what's viewed as a fairly thin launch lineup for Switch. Elsewhere in our interview, Fils-Aime noted that one lesson Nintendo learned from Wii U was the importance of when games are released.

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He referenced that it's essential to have "a regular cadence of critical launches to drive the install base and keep the consumer base engaged." Nintendo thinks Wii U had a great lineup of games, but with Switch, it hopes to avoid having those "large gaps" between releases.

With much of Nintendo's presentation focused on games coming in the next year, it could just be waiting for the right time to announce a new Metroid, Mother, or entry in some other dormant franchise. At this point, only time will tell.

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Nintendo thinks Wii U had a great lineup of games

Oh... case closed then.

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@Ripper_TV: It had some incredible games that is for sure. The best exclusives of any console. The problem was there very few 3rd party games to add to the library.

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@Ripper_TV: there was an open case??? who was the investigating officer? Probably Wario......or Wendy o Koopa.....definitely a Koopa......lolz

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@Ripper_TV: First party games? Absolutely.

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@Ripper_TV: Lol

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There is no doubt in my mind that NINTENDO has a few games that the fans are clambering for already in pre-production at some level.

A Metroid title is inevitable at this point in NINTENDO’s future but their lack of prime 3rd party support (And I’m not talking about ports or “left-overs”.) is more troubling than anything else.

I’m sure we’ll all see the usual Mario game (cart/world/etc…), Zelda title (which has already been confirmed.) as well as a whole host of other 1st party titles synonymous with the NINTENDO brand such as Super Smash Bros, but that is still not addressing the “elephant in the room.” NINTENDO needs better 3rd party support. This “event” was clear proof of that, and this is coming from someone who grew up with NINTENDO when they “owned” the videogaming world and still holds a certain amount of respect for them.

They need AAA title 3rd party games being developed and released at THE SAME TIME as their contemporaries. Not a year later, not a port, not a dumbed down version. THE SAME TIME. If not they will never win back over all the gamers they lost over the last 15-20 years to the likes of Sony or Microsoft.

If their strategy is to hit the mainstream market like they did with the Wii (people who maybe played a videogame once in their life; not the hardcore gamers who owned a Wii.) then that is a totally different scenario entirely.


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@videogameninja: Is there a reason for your capitalization?

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@XxParasite: Was just on a capitalization kick for some odd reason lol. I should probably change that ;)


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@videogameninja: I think they can potentially get a lot of the Japanese made games that have been flooding PS4 and some American ports + exclusives, Beyond Good and Evil 2 would be great. Switch is way more exciting for developers and is supposedly the easiest Nintendo console to make games for. Wii U would cost devs too much for development and wasn't worth it. I would love to see both another Metroid Prime and a new Metroid sidescroller with 3D graphics released in the same year like they did with Metroid Prime + Metroid Fusion.

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@ballashotcaller: That seems to be the sentiment, wherein all those quirky JRPG's that come out on the Vita will get released on the Switch as well.

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I would love to see that as well.

Unfortunately, just because SWITCH is new, exciting, or easy for developers to make games for doesn’t necessarily equate to a studios willingness to invest time, money, and resources into it. The WII/WII U is proof of this.

I think any true hardcore gamer from back in the day does not want to see NINTENDO go down, myself included. But then again, we’re not the ones calling the shots.


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Nintendo i was good all year, thank you for Bomberman! Happy Switchmas to all!

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@iandizion713: Meh