One of the most successful games of all time, Metroid Prime, returns with improved graphics, and the best news is that you can now play it digitally.
Finally! We’ve been hearing rumours for years about a possible remaster of the great GameCube Metroid Prime. But at the recent Nintendo Direct, the news was confirmed with a trailer. The trailer shows off the remaster’s graphic design, which looks good for a 20-year-old game. And what’s particularly pleasing is that it’s now available digitally!
Retro Studios’ classic not only comes to Nintendo Switch with HD graphics and improved sound but also with a control scheme adapted to the dual-stick controls of Nintendo’s hybrid console.
This is important because the GameCube controller only had one stick, plus the odd C stick that made it impossible to walk and move the camera simultaneously. However, Nintendo reports that anyone who wants to can emulate the original controller in this Metroid remaster.
Metroid Prime Remastered will also get a physical version for this reason
Although we previously reported that the game would be available digitally, it will also get a physical version. The latter will be released on March 3. It is not available for pre-order at the moment. However, it will be available for purchase in the coming days.
There was no mention of a possible remaster of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Prime 3 Corruption. This is striking because a Prime Trilogy version was made for the Wii, combining the two GameCube games and the as-yet Wii-exclusive motion-controlled game that takes advantage of the Wiimote.
This may be the main obstacle to adapting the game for Switch, although it doesn’t have to be, as on the one hand, the Joy-con can emulate Wiimote controls, and on the other hand, the remaster of Zelda: Skyward Sword has already proven that new controls can be made for games born for the Wiimote.
Either way, it wasn’t the only GameCube classic to announce its return, as Nintendo also unveiled the long-awaited remaster of Baten Kaitos and its sequel.