If you’re a fan of Super Smash Bros., you just got an enormously satisfying early Christmas present from Nintendo. But if you’re not, well, Nintendo’s E3 Direct presentation may have felt a bit lacking to some. Conspicuously absent from the video was Metroid Prime 4, which Nintendo announced was in development for the Switch at E3 2017. But it’s a no-show at this year’s E3.
Nintendo has an explanation though. Speaking to GameInformer today, Nintendo of America’s Bill Trinen says “we show things when we think we’re ready to show them. And when we think we’re ready to show Metroid Prime, we’ll show Metroid Prime.”
Elsewhere in the discussion, GameInformer takes a joking jab at Trinen, asking if Nintendo will show more than a logo as they did at last year’s E3. Trinen goes on to explain that since it was the Switch’s first year Nintendo “took a bit of a departure from our usual approach to E3, which is to focus on more near-term stuff.”
Nintendo’s official stance at the moment is that they’ll show off Metroid Prime 4 when they have something “that will wow people.”
From a marketing perspective it makes sense, even if it is disappointing. Early on, Nintendo needed to lure people in with some major franchise promises to get them to buy into the hardware. Remember that when E3 2017 rolled around, the Switch wasn’t exactly swimming in software like it will be this summer and throughout 2018.
Still, with Samus featured heavily throughout the Super Smash Bros Ultimate presentation, Metroid Prime 4’s absence at this year’s E3 stings a bit more. On a related note, where’s my Star Fox racing game from Retro Studios?