Good Mourning, Nintendo Fans: No Metroid Prime 3 Online, Smash Bros. Not Playable at E3

Metroid Prime 3 lacks online multiplayer, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl will be unplayable at E3. New screens, though!

Bad news regarding highly anticipated Wii titles is hovering above Tuesday like a dark Lakitu.

In a somewhat unsurprising, but still discouraging announcement, Retro Studios CEO Michael Kelbaugh tells GamePro that his studio's upcoming title Metroid Prime 3: Corruption will not feature online multiplayer.

"It's something we talked about early on, but we only have so many resources. We opted to devote those resources to making a better single-player experience," he said.

There is no word on any offline multiplayer mode, although Nintendo's website lists the title as supporting only one player. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is now due to ship on August 27, a week later than originally planned. New screenshots were released yesterday along with news of the delay.

Completing the one-two punch, fans of Nintendo's mascot-filled franchise Smash Bros. will need to wait a little longer for details on the Wii sequel's gameplay. According to Game|Life, Nintendo has confirmed that Super Smash Bros. Brawl will not be playable at the E3 Media & Business Summit next week. Instead, the company will focus on new, unannounced Wii games.

However, Nintendo unveiled a slew of new screenshots to help satiate fans' anticipation of the spastic fighter, which is still slated for a 2007 release. Check out the latest batch, or take a gander at the dozens of past pictures.

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    July 3, 2007 9:45 AM

    For me, metroid has always been about a great single player experience. I will not miss a mp portion of it.

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      July 3, 2007 9:58 AM

      Exactly. This is good news that they've devoted all their attention to SP. I don't understand the fixation some people have that every games needs a MP component to it. Sometimes it is easy and makes sense like most FPS games and sometimes it doesn't. There are plenty of games that are only one or the other and shouldn't try to do both. I'd rather they (developers) focus their efforts on one side only if that is their intention and not feel oblidged to spend time working on something just to satisfy a group that doesn't seem interested in the main idea anyway.

      To me its just an indication that people misunderstand Metroid Prime for a traditional FPS which it isn't in any way.

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      July 3, 2007 10:04 AM

      I won't miss it either. Too many games bolt-on MP when it isn't needed and for what? People play the MP part of it for a couple of weeks and then it's forgotten about, with a few rare exceptions.

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        July 3, 2007 10:51 AM

        I believe you're thinking of 'Singleplayer' and not 'Multiplayer'.

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          July 3, 2007 2:31 PM

          yea. Who plays single player for years? Maybe in an RPG but not an FPS.

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            July 3, 2007 5:10 PM

            That isn't the point. SP is a more unique experience than MP. Each hour of a good SP game is special. If a MP game only lasts as long as an SP game -- and many of the crappy SP bolt-ons only last a single 30 minute play-through for me -- then it's completely worthless to me.

            The good MP games are the ones which you can play for months and which deserve to exist in their own rights, rather than the ones which are bolted on to SP games just because they could be or people expected them to be.

            Why should a developer waste considerable time and resources implementing a throwaway and shit MP game when they could use their time and people making their core SP game even better? That is my argument. I never said good SP games last as long as good MP games. Fuck, I don't WANT them to. I like playing something new every few weeks which is something that works for SP but not so much for MP, in my experience.

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      July 3, 2007 10:05 AM

      It doesn't really bother me either, as long as the single player portion is up to snuff.

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      July 3, 2007 10:15 AM

      But MP on the DS was awesome :(

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        July 3, 2007 10:26 AM

        eh... online it's not really. people are somehow hacking (Action replay?) the game so that any char has inviso sniping.

        but i would have liked to have seen an online in this, hunters on the ds does show that this is a game that would be well suited for online deathmatch stuff. lord knows they've had enough time.

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      July 3, 2007 10:16 AM

      Me either.

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      July 3, 2007 10:18 AM


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      July 3, 2007 10:43 AM

      I agree, I don't think they would be able to pull off a compelling multiplayer experience. I'd rather them just focus on single player.

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      July 3, 2007 10:52 AM

      I'm always for a game focusing on single player. If it can throw in great multiplayer too (Rainbow Six: Vegas) then it's just a bonus. Things got too out of wack for awhile with so many games focusing on multi to the detriment of the single player experience.

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      July 3, 2007 11:10 AM

      the only reason i think it's a bummer is because it's probably going to be the first wii fps to have decent controls. i never even played echoes MP - and yeah, it's all about the SP. still, i think it could be fun to blast some fools online with the remote.

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      July 3, 2007 2:30 PM

      You fanboys are disgusting. I remember when that one Nintendo poster here was trying to spin the news that Wii was not going to support HD resolutions into a good thing.

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        July 3, 2007 2:36 PM

        we're fucking metroid fanboys, mp has nothing to do with what we love about metroid, so eat a dick.

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          July 3, 2007 3:12 PM

          If they came out and said they are releasing it in black and white I am sure there would be a number of comments about how brilliant that is.

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            July 3, 2007 3:24 PM

            You're absolutely right, and I wouldn't be among them. There'd also be some guy calling them disgusting fanboys, with a counter reply claiming they are b & w fans and to fuck off.

            I make no apologies.

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        July 3, 2007 4:44 PM

        for what? saying that metriod prime dosen't need MP, was god of war, metal gear, final fantasy (i think 11 was the wrost one) zelda, regaler mario games, RE4, and KOTOR crappy t games because it didn't have online multiplayer?

        also when did multiplayer needed to be in metriod, people where bitching becuase the one in MP2 sucked.

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