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Recently, sources have stated that Nintendo of Japan is denying that Shigeru Miyamoto ever made a statement regarding a new Metroid game at that conference a few months ago. Not only that, but IGN64, the origin of this rumor, has failed to uncover any more information on the subject. All this leads me to believe that IGN64 screwed up and reported something either without getting all the info confirmed, or that was simply not true. Gee, thanks IGN! Next time, get your facts straight. If it turns out that the report is true, I'll gladly eat a bit of crow and apologize; until then, I advise everybody to take anything IGN reports with a grain (or more) of salt -- if you don't already.
to IGN64, Shigeru Miyamoto announced today that NCL is in fact working on a new Metroid title during his keynote address at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose. Although he is not working on the project, IGN says, he does stop by the development department to check up on things from time to time. Evidently Miyamoto did not specify that it would be for the Nintendo 64, which is causing speculation that it may be intended for Nintendo's next system. More news as it comes to light. Let's hope Samus' next mission is finally scheduled...for real.
In the February 1999 issue of Gamers Republic, there is an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, and the following Q&A exchange is contained...
GR: What remaining 16-bit sequels might we see on the Nintendo 64?...Miyamoto goes on to say that Fire Emblem and Kirby are also future possibilities, but I found it promising that he mentioned Metroid right off the bat. It's quite obvious that NCL is fully aware of the demand for Aran.
Miyamoto: Well, Metroid, although I am not the Metroid producer. Whenever I come across the opportunity in a company meeting, I try to suggest it.
Nintendo's new fighting game for the Nintendo 64, Nintendo All-Stars Dai Rantou Smash Brothers, was released to the Japanese market today. Shipped in rather short supply, wholesalers are currently charging around 8800 yen (approx. US$90) for the game, which has a list price of only Y5800 (around US$60). More units are expected to ship within a couple weeks, which will bring about better prices and availability to US importers. The MDb will be trying to obtain a copy as soon as possible for review!
In the current issue of Nintendo Power, there's an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto regarding upcoming Nintendo releases. The following question is asked and answered thusly:
"NP: How About Metroid 64?Official words from Nintendo such as these are what I find most reliable, and this certainly sounds promising. See, what'd I tell you -- after Zelda and Castlevania hype dies down, start keeping your eyes peeled cuz I think we may hear the word "Metroid" uttered more than a few times this year. Let's hope so.
M: I am not in charge of Metroid 64 or Fire Emblem [a popular RP that was released only in Japan] As a company, Nintendo has to consider making N64 versions of popular games, and now we are reviewing the possibilities."