Nintendo of America's president, Reggie Fils-Aime, has revealed Nintendo sales projection for Metroid: Other M, the joint project between Nintendo and Team Ninja. He has also discussed how Metroid: Other M will offer a more, "traditional Metroid" experience.
In a recent Gamespot interview, Reggie openly talked about how ever since Super Metroid on the Super Nintendo, the Metroid series has failed to reach the 1.5-2 million sales mark around the world. However, he feels that if Metroid: Other M can reach that goal, Nintendo would feel it was heading in the right direction.
"Metroid is a key franchise, and in our view really since the SNES Metroid, we haven't broken through in terms of 1.5 - 2 millions units. That's our bar. That's the scale that we look at to say on a global basis this is effective."
- Reginald Fils-Aime
He has also stated how Metroid Other M will be a "traditional Metroid" He feels that even though Other M will "revitalize" the series in a creative way, it will still feel closer and more in line with the older Metroid games, than the more recent Metroid Prime games which brought the 2D adventure series into FP 3D.
"A year ago, if someone asked me what's going on with Metroid -- when are we going to go back to the more traditional Metroid series versus the path that we went down with Prime? Here's the answer: Other M,"
"As we looked at where we wanted to go with Metroid, we wanted to place Samus back in the more traditional lineage of Metroid."
"We wanted to do it in a way that had a harder edge, and we wanted to go deeper into her story and more into this Metroid mythology,"
I guess Team Ninja will be providing that harder edge. It sounds like a welcome departure, I'm really looking forward to the seeing how the project progresses.