Historically, Nintendo hasn’t really had strong outings from third-party developers. When it comes to first-party properties, such as Mario, Zelda and Metroid, Nintendo has had great success, but when it comes to sustaining a good release schedule, they’ve been out of luck. For proof you can just look at the software lineup for the Nintendo 64 and GameCube. That’s why Reggie Fils-Aime has promised, to N’Gai Croal of Newsweek, that the Wii will be different. Well, Reggie, after looking at the first quarter release schedule, I’m going to have to doubt your claims.
In an interview last December, Reggie Fils-Aime spoke with N’Gai Croal about a possible software droubt. During this interview, Fils-Aime was asked if he would be willing to make a “read my lips” statement about continuing momentum throughout this year and into the next. Fils-Aime replied with “I thought I just did.” However, key pieces of the Nintendo release schedule appear to be missing.
Yesterday, Nintendo released a schedule of the first quarter game releases and one of Fils-Aime’s big 3 isn’t on the list as expected. In the interview with Croal, Fils-Aime noted that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption would be released early in 2007 to give Nintendo a momentum boost to carry them towards Mario Galaxy, but that doesn’t seem to be the case as Metroid Prime 3 isn’t on the list. Chris Kohler of Wired also noted that Mario Party 8 has mysteriously vanished from its Q1 release and has been moved back to Q2.
Is Nintendo up to the same old tricks again or can they actually manage to keep the fantastic momentum they worked up with the Wii launch?