Metroid Unlikely on Wii U, May Wait Until NX

Samus Aran Metroid Prime

In the aftermath of Nintendo’s E3 announcements, clearly the most unpopular announcement was Metroid’s ignominious return as Federation Forces. Even more peculiar for detractors, it has been made for the 3DS and not the Wii U, which many had been wishing for the next Metroid. Producer Kensuke Tanabe told Eurogamer that this Metroid spin-off was considered for Wii U, but based on time factors, will more likely hit the upcoming NX.

If we started for Wii U now, it would likely take three years or so. So it would likely now be on Nintendo’s NX console. It’s a long time but it would need to include a lot of content, which would take a lot of work on the development side. Instead of broadening it to more planets I would have one and would focus on the timeline, and being able to change that. That’s one interesting idea I have in mind… but I understand many people thought that [Echoes] was too difficult.


Unfortunately, the Wii U may be passed on for Metroid due to a lack of resources.

I’m the producer of the Metroid Prime series, and [Metroid series co-creator] Yoshio Sakamoto is the one in charge of Metroid itself. I’m not sure when he’s planning on making such an announcement so I can’t speak for him. I’m not thinking about anything like that [partnering with another studio] right now. We have nothing to announce on working with any specific team. It is a great idea, I agree. Truth be told, making HD games takes a lot of time and resources. I haven’t been able to collect a team or the resources to do it.

If there is a return to the solitary exploration that Metroid is known for, it’s not being worked on at present. The NX is set for a reveal in 2016, so maybe Samus will see a return to form before long.

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