Fans that tuned in last year to the Nintendo Switch Direct during E3 were surprised and blown away to realize that Nintendo had been working on getting a new entry developed for Metroid Prime 4. This was a title that should have been included, or mentioned at the very least, at this year’s E3 conference showing. While we knew that Nintendo would focus a lot more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for this Direct, it still was jarring to find a complete lack of Metroid Prime 4.

According to a statement from Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-aime to The Verge, “Last year with Metroid Prime 4, it was important to highlight for the Metroid fan that that franchise was going to come to Nintendo Switch, so that we could also share Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS, and not have them be so disappointed that a mainline Metroid experience isn’t coming.” He later mentioned that the company focuses on games that would be releasing in the short term. It’s a strategy that works well to the benefit of its audience, in comparison to Sony, who seems to focus on games further out.

So, there you have it. Acceptable reason, or no?