According to Gamekyo, the Wii de Asobu/New Play Control remake
of Retro Studios' Metroid Prime
has been scheduled for release in Japan on February 12. We're not sure where they got that date, but it seems reasonable enough, given the biweekly releases so far in the series of Gamecube updates.
While it will be interesting to see how the Japanese Wii audience reacts to Prime
, this is most relevant to gamers outside of Japan due to the fact that the Pikmin and Mario Tennis remakes
are expected to be out in North America
in February and March, very
soon after the releases of those two games in Japan. This means that we could possibly
see Metroid Prime
sometime in the first half of this year -- although Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
came out in Japan before either of those others, and we haven't seen that one yet.