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Huh... this news is quite, uh, out of the blue...

I will say, I very much appreciate Nintendo's commitment to quality of a games that they publish.

Seeing what Sony was willing to pull with pushing for ultra low quality Resistance and Call of Duty on Vita and even marketing and bundling COD to sucker some wallets before everyone got burned, it is night and day in comparison with how Nintendo has approached the Nintendo Switch.

I do wish they were not as lax with games launching rather lean and patching later like Mario Tennis did.

I myself am not really into Metroid (I only really liked Super metroid/Fusion/Zero Mission, but, even then, I perfer SOTN and the GBA/DS Castlevania games over those anyway) so this news is sort of moot for me anyway.

That said, I am curious about Pikmin 4 and where it is in development after all these years, some transparency on that game would certainly be welcome at this point...



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Frankly, Nintendo was stupid to just go "Oh we'll make MP4 ourselves", when they have NEVER made a first person game of any meaningful kind, this entire time.

At the same time, people shouldn't get too excited about Retro being involved now. For one thing, literally all of the key figures who made the original MP games, are long gone now. So the same talent that made those games, who had that vision, are no longer in-house. Secondly, what the hell has Retro been working on since 2014? Aside from helping port DKCR. They've had a top secret project going for years, yet there hasn't been a picture, not even a hint as to what it is. Is that trashed now, in favor of MP4?

I've always wanted to see what Retro could do on their own, and not merely be the "Metroid and DK" development house that they've been. And frankly, I'd be far more interested in a (fully, hand drawn) 2D Super Metroid sequel (which, you know, is welcome to ignore the dumber story points of Fusion, and ignore Other M completely), than I am for MP4. I'm not against MP4 happening, but I was good with the trilogy ending as just a trilogy.



Disappointing news to hear, but I'm glad they are being very open with us about the development of this game. probably shouldn't have been announced so soon, but it was something that had to be done. I really hope that with this news, that does not mean the Star Fox Racing game is cancelled. It sounded so amazing! Retro only has 130 workers according to LinkedIn. With a shit ton of outsourcing, its possible they might have Metriod in per-production right now. It could also mean Star Fox racing is basically done. I just hope that it doesn't mean Star Fox Racing got canned. It was one of my most looked forward to games this year.

Anyways, don't expect this to launch until 2022 at the earliest. Probably 2023 with a split generation launch.



     

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DevilRising said:
Frankly, Nintendo was stupid to just go "Oh we'll make MP4 ourselves", when they have NEVER made a first person game of any meaningful kind, this entire time. 

To be fair, we don't know whether or not Nintendo tried to make the game themselves. Rumor has it that they handled it to Bandai Namco. 



JRPGfan said:

Restarting from scratch? hmmm.... this means 2022-2023 atleast right? Oh well.

 

Pavolink said:
I’m honestly very disappointed. 2021-2022 release date.

Seriously, very very disappointed with the management of the game.

The soonest you ll see this is 2022, imo.

:(

Most likely.



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The delay sucks, but this is a million times better than taking the risk of another Other M. It shows Nintendo is taking this project very seriously and I appreciate them being honest and upfront about it.



 

 

 

 

 

This just makes me more curious about what Retro has been up to this whole time. Is that game almost done? Have they been on vacation for years? Were they lost in the 11th dimension again?



cycycychris said:
Disappointing news to hear, but I'm glad they are being very open with us about the development of this game. probably shouldn't have been announced so soon, but it was something that had to be done. I really hope that with this news, that does not mean the Star Fox Racing game is cancelled. It sounded so amazing! Retro only has 130 workers according to LinkedIn. With a shit ton of outsourcing, its possible they might have Metriod in per-production right now. It could also mean Star Fox racing is basically done. I just hope that it doesn't mean Star Fox Racing got canned. It was one of my most looked forward to games this year.

Anyways, don't expect this to launch until 2022 at the earliest. Probably 2023 with a split generation launch.

I don't think Nintendo generally takes 3-4 years to make a new game except for maybe Zelda. Also, while they said they are starting over, I'm sure there are plenty of assets already made (or an engine worked on) for the game that they won't restart on, unless they are going for a different art style. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't release it until then, to make it a launch title for Switch 2, but I doubt it will take them that long to make it personally.



super_etecoon said:
pikashoe said:
This might end up being a launch title for the switch successor.

Simultaneous release on the Switch and new Switch like Breath of the Wild?  Or will they lock it to the next Switch to boost sales on the new system?  I don't think they would do that.  This is such a PR fiasco for them and denying the game to current Switch owners would be an even worse image.  If it does end up being a launch title for the next system I can guarantee you'll also be playing it on your Switch day and date.

Is Metroid a system mover?



Love that they came out and said it how it is, not something you'd expect to see from any big developer.
Don't love that we'll be waiting another several years for Prime 4.
Love that Retro Studios is working on it, their track record is incredible.
Don't love that it's Retro because of how long they take to make their games and still not knowing what they've been doing these last few years.
Love that this delay might increase the chances of us getting a Metroid Prime Trilogy HD.
Also love that it kinda harkens back to the "no Zelda at E3" announcement in 2015, as we all know how that game turned out.

Ehh... It is what it is, I guess.