Many Nintendo fans were disappointed last week at the lack of news regarding one of the company’s most beloved franchises, Metroid. While we were given a new 3DS game, fans were hoping with a game a bit more in-line with their expectations.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime sat down with Kotaku for an interview that was, in some ways, damage control over some of the backlash from fans this year. He addressed the concerns head-on by stating:
Look, we know that the fans want a straight Samus Aran game. We also know that the best way to launch a game like that is to surprise and delight them, to give them a launch date, in an environment like this let them play it versus what other companies do which is to announce a project that you may not see for five, six years.
His plea for trust in the company was clear, even likening the situation to the negative first reactions to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker‘s art style. As the game went on to be praised outright for its visual look and gameplay, the example was a clear attempt to illustrate a point: Nintendo has a plan.
The interview also covered Amiibos, Mother 3, and other upcoming games. You can read the full interview here.