Metroid Prime 4 is one game that most of us probably expected would rock up at E3 this year, but it seems Nintendo had other ideas. 

If you remember, we haven't seen anything of the game since last year, and even then all we got was a logo. A pretty logo, but a logo nonetheless.

Speaking with Game Informer, Nintendo addressed the game's conspicuous absence, with Bill Trinen, Senior Product Marketing Manager and Localization Manager Nate Bihldorff suggesting it's not quite ready to show the game off. 

We could probably have guessed that ourselves, but it's nice to know either way.

First off, Trinen confirmed 'it's still in development' (so that's a good start), with Bihldorff adding that the Big N is 'not featuring it at this E3 this year.'

'I think the main thing is, as people have probably realized by now – we show things when we think we’re ready to show them. And when we think we’re ready to show Metroid Prime, we’ll show Metroid Prime,' added Trinen. 

Trinen continued that Nintendo's goal this year is 'focusing on the near-term,' but promised they'll have 'more to share with Metroid Prime 4 when we have something we think is going to wow people.'