Metroid Prime Trilogy is a reality

Just in case you didn’t get it from the title, Metroid Prime Trilogy combines the GameCube and Wii’s best-selling Metroid games – Prime, Prime 2: Echoes and Prime 3: Corruption – on one disc. But this release isn’t just a quick cash-in. A number of upgrades – visual and control-wise – have been included to bring older fans back to the Prime games, while giving newer fans enough to be excited about once the pack is released on August 24.

Above: A screenshot of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

As soon as Trilogy is launched from the Wii menu, a brief cinematic intro (newly designed by Retro Studios, the original Prime devs) brings you to a hub. This hub enables you to choose whichever of the three games you want to jump into right away. A nifty touch lets you have three save slots for Trilogy, wherein each slot allows for a save from each of the three games. What’s cool is that you don’t have to play the games in any order. You can jump back and forth between the three games as you see fit.

Once you choose the game you want, another brief CG scene of Samus occurs. These are game-specific and we’re told will look different depending on what suit Samus is wearing at that point in your game. Once we launched into the original Prime, we were delighted at the modest upgrades. 

Above: Dark Samus from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

The first welcome addition is that all three games now run in 16:9 widescreen (already a feature for Part 3, whereas the first two games originally ran in progressive scan). While the graphics do appear straight from 2002, they still hold up against many of the Wii’s offerings. What helps is that the visuals are slightly touched up, with added bloom lighting and motion blur. As the dev ran through the initial hallways in Prime, we immediately noticed how quickly the rooms loaded. If you recall, you’d shoot a door in Prime and wait briefly before it popped open. Not so anymore. Another plus? Scanning objects takes far less time.


  • RAAWWRRLL - May 24, 2009 8:08 p.m.

    I'm probaley gonna buy this game. along with any other good new play control games because I'm sick of not having any nintendo games and play mario and zelda weither I already played it or not
  • reroxas - May 24, 2009 4:39 a.m.

    I am so get get this finally something worthwhile for the Wii other than the ones pointed out on this site. Good Job!
  • CloudKilla - May 24, 2009 12:29 a.m.

    wow i cant wait 2 get
  • Dualcarrot - May 23, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    only a retard would buy this. why just a crappy metroid game instead of bioshock 2 or call of duty 4: modern warfare 2. i mean, seriously. this game looks like a crappy and gay waste of money.
  • zerolegends - May 23, 2009 2:54 a.m.

    Awsome i never had a chance to play the first two (due to my original x-box and ps2) and i was too broke to afford 3 so this is a good way to get me into the series.
  • lacrosse2man - May 23, 2009 2:52 a.m.

    i will buy
  • ice_cold_chicken - May 23, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    To think i just went and bought prime 3. Oh well still get it. Looks awesome. Shame they didn't add the online multiplayer.
  • AyJay - May 22, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    I WILL BUY THIS GAME!!!!!! nintendo r gonna b pissed off when people buy this for a cheaper price over new play conrol versions of Metroid prime 1 and 2
  • riodoku79 - May 22, 2009 10:58 p.m.

    This is awesome. I would have been perfectly fine paying $30 for the New Play Control versions of Prime one and two and then Nintendo did this. I can't wait to play through these again.
  • GalenMarek - August 14, 2009 2:17 p.m.

    Already resserved it.
  • ReaperOfDarkness - June 4, 2009 7:32 a.m.

    Truthfully the new play control feature seems nothing more then a stupid gimmick most of the time. I wish they would actually give us new games that utilize the new controls then simply refurbishing a game I dont care to play again. (Except maybe Duke Nukem 64 :) ) But this particular set is something i will probably pick up. Metroid Prime was a brilliant series. I never got to play 2 and getting all three with visual updates and wii controls for the other two sounds like a good deal. It actually makes this worth it.
  • Cyberninja - May 26, 2009 8:26 p.m.

    @Dualcarrot stop being a 360/ps3 fanboy if you dont like the metroid games dont buy them and its 3 games learn to read they are not a waste money bioshock 2 and cod4/2 are horriable ideas they are just cash ins of really good games
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - May 26, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    im sorry, but isnt this just a giant middle finger to the buyers of the first 3 individual games?
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - May 26, 2009 6:54 a.m.

    OH crap! I am excited for this, but now, between this and The Conduit, Nintendo has their hardcore line-up for E3. Dang it . . . I was hoping for something better.
  • Demonflare - May 25, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    Wat? I never new their was a Metroid Prime 2 n 3? Wtf
  • crumbdunky - May 24, 2009 6:30 p.m.

    The MP games are a unique bunch of titles and, to be honest, the artstyle being so timeless makes the graphical shortcomings almost a non issue. MP3 is barely different from the first games visually and is still one of the most pleasing on the Wii. Great chance for people unfamiliar with the series to catch up with Retro's incredible work and for us vets a good price to relive past events with MP3 controls. But, for the love of God, why no online MP? If the farmed out DS Metroid game, Hunters, could manage it why on earth can't Ninty and the masters of the series? Seriously, unless Dread, MP4, a new Retro IP or the sidestory from the Space Pirates POV isn't in the works for E3 reveal then just why didn't they pit it in?
  • cookie23q - May 24, 2009 12:05 a.m.

  • c03n3nj0 - May 23, 2009 7:24 p.m.

    A must buy.
  • Defguru7777 - May 23, 2009 4:43 p.m.

    I'm surprised that they included Prime 2 multiplayer too.
  • Leader601 - May 23, 2009 3:08 p.m.

    @ authorityfigure, it's not making MORE games in the trilogy, it's upgrading the game, keeping the same plot and story

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