All three Metroid Prime games will be packaged together in one disc. Metroid Prime Trilogy will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii on August 24.
The Metroid Prime series began on the Nintendo Gamecube. For years, Nintendo struggled with creating a 3D interpretation of their classic 2D action game franchise. Eventually, they will lean on Retro Studios, a newly established America company, to bring Metroid into the new generation.
Development for Metroid Prime was tough as Retro Studios had to abandon their other projects in order to focus all their attention at crafting the scrutinize title. The game wouldn’t see the light of day for years. After all, the trademarked varied gameplay of the unique 2D games were hard to duplicate into 3D.
Metroid Prime was finally released on the Nintendo Gamecube in November 17, 2002. Like its predecessors, the first 3D Metroid title is unlike any other video games that came before. While Metroid Prime is played in a first-person perspective, it isn’t really a shooting game. Instead, players will spend a majority of the time exploring, solving puzzles and using the various gadgets. Metroid Prime remains a true Metroid game at its core in spite of the move into 3D.
Despite the initial concerns, Metroid Prime went on to become one of the best games on the Nintendo Gamecube. Furthermore, it won numerous Game of the Year awards.
Two years later, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was released on the same system. The sequel added alternating dark and light world elements to the gameplay core of the first game. Moreover, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes included multiplayer modes for up to for four players. Although it wasn’t as highly praised as the original, the sequel also received critical acclaim.
The final game of the trilogy was released on August 27, 2007 on the Nintendo Wii. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption takes advantage of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck in order to create a more immersive experience due to the motion controls. Like the two prequels, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption got high marks among critics.
Metroid Prime Trilogy includes all three games on one disc. While Metroid Prime 3 remains the same, the two Nintendo Gamecube games, Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, will be enhanced with widescreen support, added motion controls and new in-game rewards.
The Metroid Prime Trilogy will retail for $49.99. That is quite a bargain price for one of the best Nintendo series ever. So if you haven’t played any of the three classics, make sure you pick up the compilation for the Nintendo Wii later this summer.