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Joseph Rositano
17 Feb, 2007

Reggie talks shortages, Metroid and Mother 3

Wii News | "Metroid will launch when it's perfect" - Reggie.
Recently speaking with MTV, President of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime had some interesting comments concerning recent worldwide shortages of DS and Wii units, Metroid and Mother 3.

Apologising for the lack of Wii supplies, Fils-Aime explained the difficult process Nintendo has had shipping Wii units to retailers. "We apologize that it continues to be a difficult problem to get your hands on [a Wii]," he said. "The fact is, we manufactured 4 million Wii consoles by the end of the calendar year. Our challenge was getting them not only into our warehouses and then into warehouses of our retailers, but there is some handling of the consoles in terms of putting the "Wii Sports" disc in. That whole inventory chain is what prevented us from selling all 4 million that had been produced."

However, Wii wasn't the only Nintendo console in high demand during the Christmas period. MTV inquired as to why there were shortages of DS units despite the fact the system had been on sale for almost two years. "We put everything in the marketplace that we humanly could by December 25th. But from December 26th until mid-January, we were effectively out of stock," Fils-Aime responded. "It's going to be tight probably until March. And then as we gear up for the April 22nd launch of 'Pokémon Diamond' and '[Pokémon] Pearl,' things should certainly open up at that point."

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, arguably one of the most anticipated Wii releases this year, was then brought up. "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 [the game's developer] 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 recognise 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."

Adding to this, MTV asked Fils-Aime if we could expect to see online gameplay from the title since it will be released when it’s 'perfect.' "That's perfect for you," Fils-Aime boldly stated, hinting that online play would not be part of the Metroid experience just yet.

RPG fans will be happy with what Fils-Aime had to say next: apparently, there is still a possibility Mother 3 (also known as EarthBound) will see a Western release. This is supposedly largely due to Nintendo Japan President, Satoru Iwata, who was once part of the development team for one of the earlier games in the series. "It certainly is a franchise near and dear to his heart," Fils-Aime revealed. "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. And it's certainly something we're looking at."

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29 Comments
7 years ago
Possibility for Mother 3 western release....hrmm. That sounds promising for the US, but what about us?
7 years ago
Duuuude...

If they actually do come through with releasing Mother 3 in the western world, I'm not going to wear pants to work for a year.

And EB can inevitably quote me on the front of the box on that too if they want.

"It's so good, I don't feel like wearing trousers anymore, guv" - PALGN

Doubly so if it's a trilogy collection set...
7 years ago
If it turns out that Metroid isn't perfect in every sense, I'm gonna start commiting hate crimes!
7 years ago
Charly wrote
Possibility for Mother 3 western release....hrmm. That sounds promising for the US, but what about us?
If so, then import.


They can't give us the trifector all at once. Just give us the Metroid. You can't say it's going to be perfect, you just put yourself in a corner, now what if it isn't perfect, who's to blame.

Metroid is gonna be sweeeeet!
7 years ago
Fuck yes, give us Mother 3, and do it soon.
7 years ago
(joejoe) isn't the Wii region locked though?
7 years ago
Mother 3 is a GBA game, not a Wii game.

Though I'd imagine if it got an English release it would be as a DS game.
7 years ago
Yeah the Wii is regoin locked... but Mother 3 isn't on the Wii, it's on GBA.
7 years ago
So I guess they are going to test the waters for Mother 3 by releasing Earthbound on the Virtual Console?

Well, hopefully it does come. I love that crazy series.
7 years ago
sorry .... damn my skim reading
7 years ago
Harry Milonas wrote
Duuuude...

If they actually do come through with releasing Mother 3 in the western world, I'm not going to wear pants to work for a year.
That is a pretty easy thing to say when you work for a website. icon_wink.gif Nah I know you probably have a job outside of PALGN. I would also love see Mother 3 in the west, I share your enthuiasm.

I think that it is also worth noting this quote from the interview:
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With that kind of talk, the obvious follow-up question was: "If it's perfect, does that mean it's going to be online?" In response, Fils-Aime said: "That's perfect for you."
I am willing to wait for MP3 as long as it is a great game.
7 years ago
After Prime 2, it better be perfect. icon_shifty.gif Online does nothing for me, Metroid shouldn't be reduced to Quake for some bizarre notion that it needs multiplayer as it's first person. Oh well I'll still get it, should be good.

Earthbound on VC would rock. A western release of Mother 3 would rock, then I could stop trying to get through my copy. They should also put Mother up on the VC. If they did that, I think I would join you in wearing no pants.
7 years ago
Interestingly, the Nintendo US localisation team actually completely translated and localised the first Mother. However, it was never released for some reason - most likely advertising costs, and the fact that the NES was on its way out by then. A prototype was later found, uploaded into ROM format, and released on the web as "Earthbound Zero" to avoid confusion with the SNES Earthbound. So it's entirely possible to have the US localisation of Mother on VC. Though it's unlikely, so keep your pants on for now icon_wink.gif.

Psst - for more information about the whole Earthbound Zero fiasco, look no further than this link.
7 years ago
Metroid will be released when it is perfect? Too bad 'perfect' is a subjective comment, but technicalities aside it is nice to hear that they are starting the hype machine (in a way) for the game. It will be the (first) reason for me to finally own a Wii and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. If it's anything like its two predecessors, it will blow me away. icon_biggrin.gif
7 years ago
Harry Milonas wrote
Duuuude...

If they actually do come through with releasing Mother 3 in the western world, I'm not going to wear pants to work for a year.
Mther 3 Wstrn rlees noaw ploiz!

Errmmm... I've never been comfortable with the notion of working pant-less or a year - so in my stead Harry will wear even less pants to make up for th e both of us. You're cool with that, yeah Harry? icon_razz.gif

Seriously - I will f*cking hunt you down and cut you if this doesn't come to pass, Reggie. We want ze Earthbound!
7 years ago
Metriod Prime 2 was underrated. Awesome game, and such a shame it didn't do well at retail.

Metriod Prime 3 will rock our world. I think Nintendo is going a gears of war, as in, trying to 'push' Wii's graphical limit.
7 years ago
I didn't take to Echoes very well. In comparison to the first Prime game, it bored me to tears. Not entirely sure why, considering the games are so similar. I still haven't finished it to this day.
7 years ago
Cerebral wrote
I didn't take to Echoes very well. In comparison to the first Prime game, it bored me to tears. Not entirely sure why, considering the games are so similar. I still haven't finished it to this day.
Same here. I'm thinking of just starting all over again. Wanna race? icon_wink.gif
7 years ago
leonmc wrote
Metriod Prime 2 was underrated. Awesome game, and such a shame it didn't do well at retail.
It was disappointing in sales compared to the first, but it didn't do that badly, it still sold about a million worldwide. It sold more then half Prime 1's sales, about the same as Fusion, and more then Zero Mission, for example.

For me, I definitely agree it was still a great game (GOTY for that year), it's environments were more orgainic, and it had some great original touches (like that enemy that 'crashes' Samus' Suit - brilliant). The city level was incredible. And the third person jumping was handled well too. The only thing I didn't like that that the new suits didn't look as good (and also that there was no 50Hz 576i graphical mode, from a technical angle)

As soon as you accept that it's more like a '2nd chapter' then a full sequel, then it clicks into place. Kenji Yamamoto's soundtrack was still great too.

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Metriod Prime 3 will rock our world. I think Nintendo is going a gears of war, as in, trying to 'push' Wii's graphical limit.
I hope it doesn't get lost in the fancy new controls. MP's controls got lots of complaints from FPS fans (and to be honest they did feel restrictive straight after a Timesplitters or Halo session), but they were actually the ideal set up for immersion and exploration. With Prime 3 being the 'hey everyone, look at what the Wii Remote can do' game, will some of that be lost?
7 years ago
theory wrote
Cerebral wrote
I didn't take to Echoes very well. In comparison to the first Prime game, it bored me to tears. Not entirely sure why, considering the games are so similar. I still haven't finished it to this day.
Same here. I'm thinking of just starting all over again. Wanna race? icon_wink.gif
I never actually finished Prime, got to the last boss, the save point was painfully far away and I missed a missle upgrade and lost hope. The second game I agree was nowhere near as gooD but I was able to finish it. I thought the Dark realm wasn't handled as well as it could have been. It served to double the map size but each room lost its individuality. I was hoping for a suit that would allow you to jump to the other realm. Such a device would have allowed some Zeldaesque (ALttP) Dark world Light World puzzles, instead I just got a migraine studying the map/s.
7 years ago
döppelganger wrote
I never actually finished Prime, got to the last boss, the save point was painfully far away and I missed a missle upgrade and lost hope. The second game I agree was nowhere near as gooD but I was able to finish it.
Same here, actually. I agree the original Prime was better, but I did woefully in it and could never actually finish it, and I've not taken the time to start again and play through it properly.
7 years ago
döppelganger wrote
theory wrote
Cerebral wrote
I didn't take to Echoes very well. In comparison to the first Prime game, it bored me to tears. Not entirely sure why, considering the games are so similar. I still haven't finished it to this day.
Same here. I'm thinking of just starting all over again. Wanna race? icon_wink.gif
I never actually finished Prime, got to the last boss, the save point was painfully far away and I missed a missle upgrade and lost hope. The second game I agree was nowhere near as gooD but I was able to finish it. I thought the Dark realm wasn't handled as well as it could have been. It served to double the map size but each room lost its individuality. I was hoping for a suit that would allow you to jump to the other realm. Such a device would have allowed some Zeldaesque (ALttP) Dark world Light World puzzles, instead I just got a migraine studying the map/s.
Yeah, I got lost at one point and that's the reason I put it aside. Not as good as the first, but if it was the first 3D Metroid then it would have blown everyone away. Unfortunately its popularity suffers due to the brilliance of the first MP (the curse of many sequels).
7 years ago
Nexus wrote
That is a pretty easy thing to say when you work for a website. icon_wink.gif Nah I know you probably have a job outside of PALGN. I would also love see Mother 3 in the west, I share your enthuiasm.
Damn - and here I was hoping that finally no one would catch onto my trouserless tendencies with this new PALGN gig...

Karai Pantsu wrote
Errmmm... I've never been comfortable with the notion of working pant-less or a year - so in my stead Harry will wear even less pants to make up for th e both of us. You're cool with that, yeah Harry? icon_razz.gif
A winter release would definately be doubly exciting, for more reasons than one, that's for sure... icon_eek.gif


And at the risk of damaging my gaming integrity (ha) and Metroid fanboyism, I too have to admit I have yet to complete Prime 2.

Heck, bar a quick brush of the multiplayer, I have yet to even start it - and I bought it when it first came out in 2004.

Gasps & phwoars plz. icon_razz.gif
7 years ago
Prime 1 was my favourite game of last gen. The Phendrana Drifts is my favourite game environment ever.

I don't know how many times I've said it, but if every game looked as good as Metroid Prime, I'd be a happy man.

Finally, Metroid Prime 3 is going to own and I can't wait ;(
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