"We believe that it could be, should be a million unit title," he told Kotaku in an interview1 on November 12. "We're not going to get there, not through the holiday. And we are doing a lot of thinking as to why."
When the answer came that the game might have effectively killed one of gaming's greatest heroines, Reggie shrugged it off. "I'm not going to sit here and criticize a style of the game, but have I read the same feedback that said, broadly, that the portrayal of Samus felt different than how the player in the past had internalized the character? I've heard and read the same feedback. Do I think it's warranted or not? I'm not quite sure yet... I don't yet believe that that is the driving factor to the performance of the game."
So, Reggie, does Metroid have a future? "I certainly hope so," he said. "I'm a passionate fan of Samus and the Metroid series."
That Nintendo is contemplative of the future of Metroid may be an omen for fans. The last time Nintendo was so introspective may have been following the disappointing sales of Super Metroid, when an 8-year blackout befell upon the series.