In their February 2023 Nintendo Direct, the company announced that Metroid Prime would be getting a remastered version for the Nintendo Switch.
The game was originally released on the GameCube game in November 2002.
A trailer for the game was uploaded to the Nintendo YouTube channel, teasing an HD remaster and updated controls. The game will also feature a new dual stick control.
Metroid is a franchise typically characterised by a sprawling map, with backtracking and parts locked off until the player obtains specific upgrades.
Metroid Prime was the first 3D Metroid game and was developed by Retro Studios.
The story follows the protagonist of the series, Samus Aran, as she fights the Space Pirates and the biological experiments on the planet Tallon IV.
Metroid Prime has two other mainline sequel games, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on the GameCube in 2004. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for the Wii was released in 2007. There are also spin-off entries to this sub-franchise.
This isn’t the first time that Nintendo has remastered the game, releasing Metroid Prime: Trilogy for the Wii in 2009. That game compiled Metroid Prime with its two sequels.
There are currently 15 Metroid games in the franchise, with the latest one, Metroid Dread, released in October 2021.
A fourth Metroid Prime game is in development for the Switch, announced all the way back in 2017.
Development on the game was restarted in 2019 when Nintendo moved it to Retro Studios, the developers of the original trilogy.
The game is already available to purchase digitally on the Nintendo eShop. Physical copies of the game will be sold from February 22..