The Metroid Prime Switch remaster gets a surprise launch
During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct livestream, the publisher made a surprising announcement of the Metroid Prime Switch remaster, and it’s now out on the Nintendo Switch eShop. The Metroid Prime remaster has been rumored for years, ever since the launch of the Switch, and we’re super Nintendokley stoked for it to be true.
The Metroid Prime Switch remaster comes 20 years after the launch of the original Metroid Prime on the Nintendo GameCube in 2022. Prime was the first ever first-person Metroid game, and if we recall correctly, the first Nintendo first party title to be developed in the format.
Along with enhanced graphics, Metroid Prime Remastered will feature dual-stick controls for the Switch, which is a significant improvement. The remaster will also provide other control options in addition to a control setting that replicates the original game’s feel. Metroid fans who dreamt of a remastered trilogy of the Prime series will still have to wait, as Nintendo didn’t confirm remasters for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption sequels.
After the trilogy’s release, the Metroid Prime series went dormant. However in 2017 a fourth Metroid Prime game was announced. Metroid Prime 4, the next installment in the series, is currently being developed for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo reopened Metroid Prime 4’s development in 2019 at Retro Studios, the team behind the original trilogy.
A physical release of Metroid Prime Remastered is scheduled for February 22nd, although the digital version is already available now on the Nintendo eShop for $39.99. Critically acclaimed as one of the best games of all time, we expect the Metroid Prime Switch remaster to be a must-play for all gamers.