Tuesday, July 3, 2007

No Metroid Prime 3 For You! At Least, Not Until August 27

It's fairly common knowledge in the community right now - the Wii is in a bit of a software slump. It's cool, it happens - the PS3 has been going through it...well, forever. And now it looks like you'll have to wait even longer for a quality title to show up on the baby white box.

News broke earlier today that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption would be delayed until August 27, a week later than its previously announced release date. Not a big deal by any means, but that wasn't all. It was also confirmed by Nintendo that Metroid would not feature any type of online play. This wasn't a huge shock, but it's still a blow against a title of this potential caliber. It also begs the question - if they're not tweaking the multiplayer, what's the cause of the delay?

The big N also stated today that Super Smash Bros. Brawl would not be playable at E3 later this month. Along with Metroid Prime 3 and Super Mario Galaxy, Smash Bros. is one the more anticipated titles of 2007 for the Wii. This news doesn't bode well for the franchise, as it implies that either the controls are far from perfect, or general development of the game is behind schedule. The ominous "Planned for 2007 Release" blurb on the official website doesn't exactly fill me with confidence about the release date either.

While the Wii may be currently crushing the sales figures of all the other next-gen machines, a console cannot survive on hype alone. Sooner or later, an anemic library is going to catch up to it, and when that happens, no amount of motion control will make up for the void left in your gaming schedule. I guess there's always the Virtual Console in the meantime...

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