Nintendo's US boss Reggie Fils-Aime "hopes Metroid still has a future", despite disappointing sales for Other M.
Nintendo had hoped to sell one million copies of the latest Metroid Wii adventure but it hasn't even shifted 500,000 to date and Fils-Aime is searching for the reasons behind the poor sales.
"We believe that it could be, should be a million unit title," Fils-Aime told Kotaku. "We're not going to get there, not through the holiday. And we are doing a lot of thinking as to why. Because it's a great game. The consumer reaction because of the quality has been strong.
"We're doing a lot of thinking about why we didn't get there. I think the marketing was strong, advertising was very good, the social media we did was very positive."
Yet despite the sales figures, Fils Aime backed Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto and Team Ninja. "First off, [I have] nothing but the greatest respect for the development team. Mr. Sakamoto did a wonderful job. His partnership with us in promoting the game was stellar. Team Ninja [is] absolutely fabulous.
"I'm not going to sit here and criticize a style of the game, but have I read the same feedback that said, broadly, that the portrayal of Samus felt different than how the player in the past had internalized the character? I've heard and read the same feedback. Do I think it's warranted or not? I'm not quite sure yet. I don't yet believe that that is the driving factor to the performance of the game."
So given that the Metroid games on Wii haven't performed as well as hoped, will there be more Samus adventures in the future. ""I certainly hope so," said Fils-Aime. "I'm a passionate fan of Samus and the Metroid series."
Do you think Metroid still has a future given that Fils-Aime hasn't confirmed that Samus Aran's adventures will continue?
Did Metroid: Other M deserve to sell more? Find out by reading NGamer's Metroid: Other M review.