Nintendo did what only Nintendo can do this year at E3, announcing a long-awaited Metroid Prime sequel with nary but a game logo to prove its existence. No video, no gameplay, not even a screenshot was provided. But still, because it’s Metroid, and because it’s Nintendo, we’re all sitting here salivating. But it sounds like we’re going to be salivating a bit longer, because Metroid Prime 4 may not be a 2018 game.
After its latest financials call, Nintendo released a document summarizing those financials and dropping release dates or release windows for every game the company has announced.
In the list are games like a Fire Emblem game for Nintendo Switch and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle with a firm 2018 release window. The Pokémon RPG, also announced with a logo at E3 2017, is scheduled for “2018 or later.”
We’ll let you know
Metroid Prime 4 – which is apparently a temporary name – is simply dated as “To Be Announced.” If Pokémon is later than 2018 and Metroid is TBA, that could mean 2019 or even 2020. Now, it’s worth noting that Metroid Prime 4 is likely pretty far into development, and the end of 2018 is still 16 months away. It could just be that Nintendo doesn’t have a firm enough grasp on where the game is in its development to say for sure when it’ll come out, and doesn’t want to make a promise to investors that it isn’t totally sure of.
Even so, expect the wait to be a long one. In the meantime, Metroid: Samus Returns is headed to the Nintendo 3DS on September 15, so we’ll have something to do in the meantime.