Where was Metroid Prime 4 at The Game Awards 2018?

Nintendo remained focused on promoting Super Smash Bros Ultimate at the show, but where was the love for Metroid Prime 4 fans?


The Games Awards 2018 have wrapped up, and many gamers are left wondering where some of their favorite games were at the show. One game that many folks have been desperately waiting for any details about is Metroid Prime 4. 

While we saw Reggie Fils-Aime on the stage more than once at the show, he remained focused on promoting Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which launches this evening. Nintendo has barely said a word about Metroid Prime 4 since teasing it at E3 2017. Many Nintendo fans were hoping to get just a morsel of information about the next adventure of Samus Aran. 

If Geoff Keighley can bring these three together, we need to send him to the Middle East.
If Geoff Keighley can bring these three together, we need to send him to the Middle East.

Metroid Prime 3 was released 11 years ago on the Nintendo Wii. The game received critical praise, including somewhat positive impressions from Shacknews' Chris Remo. Nintendo 3DS owners were treated with Metroid: Samus Returns just last year, the Modojo @ Shacknews 3DS Game of the Year

Nintendo Switch owners have a spoil of riches on their wonderful hybrid tablet consoles, but many fans were expecting a trailer of Metroid Prime 4 when they heard that Reggie Fils-Aime would be at The Game Awards. It isn't all bad for Nintendo fanatics as they did get the unexpected news that Joker from Persona 5 would be joining the roster of Super Smash Bros Ultimate on Nintendo Switch. 

The Game Awards 2018 honored tons of Switch games with nominations. Celeste, which found success on the hybrid console platform, took home Indie Game of the Year honors and several Nintendo first party titles were nominated. It has been a weaker year on the first party front for the Big N when compared to the Switch's launch year of 2017. It is hard to top releasing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey in the same year, and Nintendo put itself in this position. 

Luckily, we have plenty of time for the Metroid Prime 4 hype train to gain more steam. We can expect some news on a Nintendo Direct in 2019. 


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    December 6, 2018 9:15 PM

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      December 7, 2018 3:39 AM


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      December 7, 2018 4:21 AM

      I think it’s going to be a long while until we see more on MP4, I wouldn’t assume 2019 is the year when we’ll finally get to see it.

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      December 7, 2018 10:41 AM

      I'm going to state the obvious here, but Nintendo tends to focus on one main thing at a time. I would not expect to hear or see anything besides Smash Bros until at least January. They know where their bread is buttered, and Smash is a juggernaut. They want to make sure everybody on the planet knows about it, and they don't want to distract anybody that should be buying a new Switch and Smash.

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