Wii's Metroid M arriving this year

But Fils-Aime not pinning down Zelda.

Update: Nintendo's told Eurogamer that no release date has been confirmed for Other M in Europe and the uK.

Nintendo's announced that Wii action game Metroid: Other M - a collaboration with Ninja Gaiden studio Team Ninja - will be released this year.

"The next highly anticipated offering in the Metroid franchise is Metroid: Other M, which will be available this year," the company told G4TV.

The statement came after Nintendo was spotted discontinuing the brilliant Metroid Prime: Trilogy, presumably to show fans there was something to look forward to.

Zelda fans are not so lucky, as Reggie Fils-Aime still refuses to pin down a date for the new Zelda game on Wii.

"Right now, it's still in development. But the key message that Mr. Miyamoto and Mr. Aonuma are telling us is that it really has to be perfect when it launches. That really is what the Zelda fan is expecting," said US boss Fils-Aime on the Nintendo Week show.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has been Link's only adventure on Wii to date, and that was a game originally designed for GameCube, with Wiimote controls tagged on.

At E3 2008, Nintendo overlord Satoru Iwata told the world that the Zelda and Mario teams were hard at work making new games. The Mario team was evidently busy with the now announced Super Mario Galaxy 2, which is due out this year.

But what the Zelda team is up to we're still waiting to hear. Shigeru Miyamoto said at E3 2009 that he "really wanted to announce a Zelda game for Wii", but explained that it was better for the team to focus on development rather than cobble together a demo for the show.

An E3 2010 reveal, then, is on the cards.

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