In a press release sent out this afternoon, Nintendo announced updated release dates for several DSiWare titles, as well as two major Wii releases. According to the release, “Sin & Punishment™: Star Successor and Metroid™: Other M will now launch for Wii™ on June 27 and Aug. 31, respectively.”
As a form of compensation for the unfortunate delays, Nintendo announced that the upcoming DSiWare application “Photo Dojo” will be free, from May 10th to June 10th. Aside from that announcement, other major releases such as BIT.TRIP RUNNER for WiiWare and Earthworm Jim for DSiWare were given official release dates.
As for the delays mentioned earlier, there is much speculation on the delays. The common agreement on Sin and Punishment 2 is that the game wasn’t quite ready to be released on its original date. Besides, that delay’s only for 20 days later (June 7th was the original date). In the meantime, Metroid: Other M was delayed for a far greater time: 65 days later than expected, from June 27th to August 31st.
Kotaku contacted Nintendo for more explanation for Other M’s delay, and received a some what unexpected response:
The launch date for Metroid: Other M has shifted to Aug. 31. As you may know, this game is the product of a unique partnership between longtime Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto, Team Ninja and many other individuals and groups, all of whom have set very high standards for this latest installment in the series. Although it’s taking slightly longer than expected to complete the project, we’re confident that fans will find it to be well worth the wait.
“Video game development is a lengthy and complex process. We have always put the quality of our products first, and have historically taken the time needed to make our games meet the expectations of our fans.
My take on this? Other M was probably delayed because of some issues people had with the controls on the game. Many people complained about the lack of Nunchuk support, so this delay could just be adding Nunchuck functionality, as well as improving the controls in general. While this delay may be kind of sad to many of us, both are obviously necessary to make the games as great as possible for us to play once they release. Nobody likes an unfinished game, after all.
(Nintendo’s original press release can be found here.)