Finally, Nintendo has finally confirmed that it’s remastering the original Metroid prime for Nintendo Switch. Over the course of the past year, countless rumors and reports have suggested so Metroid prime would return on Switch at some point to coincide with the game’s 20th anniversary. And while it seemed like this reveal would never come, Nintendo is now bringing the original game to the Metroid prime series back.
Announced as part of Nintendo’s latest Direct presentation, the publisher gave fans a first look at this new iteration of Metroid prime. This version of the game is formally titled Metroid Prime remastered and will be available digitally today and in a physical capacity next month. As mentioned earlier, part of the reason the game is being released in this window is due to the fact that the first title launched on the Nintendo GameCube in November 2002. For this Switch remaster to come about now about 20 years later is a great way for Nintendo to pay tribute to one of the most popular games of the GameCube era.
Metroid Prime Remastered, adds new dual stick controls. Digital out later. Physically out on February 22 pic.twitter.com/bb5jTb6otu
— Wario64 (@Wario64) February 8, 2023
The return of Metroid prime this way should also help Nintendo to build hype for the series again. Although it was first announced way back in 2017, it is highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4 is still in development at Retro Studios. And while we haven’t received any valuable updates on the project in recent years, it’s still said to be coming to Switch at some point.
It also remains to be seen if Nintendo will also look to remaster the other two entries in the Metroid Prime Trilogy. While only the original Metroid prime is currently confirmed for Switch, previous rumors have suggested ports of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes And Metroid Prime 3: Corruption it will happen sometime. Whether this happens remains to be seen, but it would probably be a smart move on Nintendo’s part to make the entire franchise accessible on Switch before the arrival of Metroid Prime 4.
Are you glad to see that Metroid prime will finally get a real remaster on the Nintendo Switch? And do you want to pick up this game yourself now that the stealth has been released? Be sure to let me know yourself in the comments or reach out to me on Twitter at @MooreMan12.