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Metroid Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe has shared that if Nintendo were to green-light another console iteration, the necessary development time would likely mean that it would see release on their next “dedicated game platform“, codenamed NX.

That’s due to the amount of content that will be required to craft it to completion, with the project to take several years before it would eventually arrive at retail.

“If we started for Wii U now, it would likely take three years or so. So it would likely now be on Nintendo’s NX console,” Tanabe shared with Eurogamer.

“It’s a long time but it would need to include a lot of content, which would take a lot of work on the development side.”

As to whether Nintendo have anything else in the works Tanabe explained that he hadn’t looked to partner with a studio outside of Nintendo, and wasn’t sure if series co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto was working on anything Metroid-related separately.

He continued, “I’m the producer of the Metroid Prime series, and [Metroid series co-creator] Yoshio Sakamoto is the one in charge of Metroid itself. I’m not sure when he’s planning on making such an announcement so I can’t speak for him.

“I’m not thinking about anything like that [partnering with another studio] right now. We have nothing to announce on working with any specific team.”

That will be an inevitable shame to those that have been left waiting since 2007’s Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to see what’s next for Nintendo’s bounty hunter. But even more so, considering many had thought the Wii U GamePad would be an ideal way to scan surrounding enemies and items.

“It is a great idea, I agree,” Tanabe admitted. “Truth be told, making HD games takes a lot of time and resources. I haven’t been able to collect a team or the resources to do it.”

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.