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Metroid fans hoping to get their hands on Samus’ latest 3D adventure might not have to wait as long as previously believed. While the teaser trailer debuted during Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight presentation did little to offer a release window for the hotly anticipated title, a recent GamesBeat interview uncovered some interesting tidbits regarding Samus’ historic return to the console.

When asked about the future of games releasing for the Switch, Nintendo of America Corporate Communications Director Charlie Scibetta indicated that Metroid Prime 4, among other notable titles including Pokémon, could be out as early as next year. It’s important to note that this statement was part of a larger message to close the gap between big game launches in general and avoid dry spells between releases.

For the full statement on the matter, Scibetta’s statement is as follows:

“If you want to be able to play games and not have a dry spell between any of the big launches, we think Nintendo Switch is a good place to be. We have a nice drumbeat of first and third party. You’ll never have to wait long.

Just as you get through a game and you’re starting to put your head up, put the periscope out to see what else is out there, hopefully we’ll have something right there for you. We’ve announced a nice lineup through this year, and next year we have some big games coming with Metroid 4. 2018 will be around Metroid, Kirby, Yoshi, new Pokémon game has been announced. We feel good about the lineup for this year and beyond.”

While not by any means official confirmation, it’s hard not to get excited at the prospect of playing a new Metroid adventure alongside Kirby and Yoshi as early as next year. Considering we have yet to see a lick of gameplay footage (remember Star Fox Zero’s one year development promise at E3 a few years ago?), take it with a grain of salt for now.

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Written by Matthew Weidner

When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.