Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime spoke to MTV at a recent summit. When approached about the Metroid Prime 3 delays he was unapologetic.
"What I will tell you about Metroid is that Metroid will be fabulous. I think it's fair to say that all of us were disappointed with the sales of Metroid Prime 2, Retro included. The focus on Prime 3 is to make that the stellar game for a first-person experience on the platform."
"What that means is we're going to make sure it's perfect when we launch it. I think this is one where your readers ? the fans of Nintendo, the core gamer ? need to recognize that when we release it, it will be perfect. And if that's a little later than folks would have liked, I'm hoping they're going to be happy. They certainly seem to be happy that we took our time with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess."
When asked if 'perfect' meant the game would have online, he enigmatically said "That's perfect for you". An ambiguous answer from which you can't draw any solid conclusions.
Followers of the Mother/Earthbound series may be in for a treat, Reggie suggested there's a possibility of Mother 3 hitting the western market at some point. The series is an important one to Satoru Iwata, who worked on it as a developer some years ago.
"It certainly is a franchise near and dear to his heart, and it's something I'm trying to get smart on to understand whether or not there is an opportunity here. But certainly I've seen the success in Japan, that hasn't gone unnoticed. It's certainly something we're looking at."
Rock on Reggie, rock on. If the delays help make Prime 3 something special, we're all better off waiting.
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