The RUDE Entry of Nintendo’s Classic – An Exciting Metroid Prime Preview

After Xbox revealed its in-depth gaming plans for this year, Nintendo decided to host its own Direct. An upcoming Nintendo Direct brings so much hype to the fans as they try to predict the showcased games. There are several first-party series that fans always beg to release on the Nintendo Switch. Some of the most highly-requested titles include F-Zero, Pikmin, Kid Icarus, and others. One series that has a notably louder fanbase is Retro Studios’ beloved creation, Metroid.

Fans have been theorizing when a new Metroid Prime would be revealed before each previous Nintendo Direct. The last 3D Metroid was Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, released on 27 August 2007 on the Wii. The only available Metroid games on Nintendo Switch are 2D Metroid. This includes the most recent Metroid Dread and two Metroid games within NES and SNES Nintendo Online services. 

In June 2017, Metroid Prime 4 development was announced, the supposed first 3D Metroid game for the Switch. When Nintendo analyzed its early progress, it felt dissatisfied and forced to announce its restarted development in January 2019. Very few people could reexperience the first-person dread of a Metroid world, until now.

New Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime Remastered

Yes, the picture above is the official remastered game rather than a fan-made image. Compared to other remasters like Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, this is more than an updated port. Many visuals and sound effects have been greatly enhanced for game immersion. These improvements make it appear more like a breathtaking remake. 

Metroid Prime Remastered is graphically impressive when considering how the developers improved the game. It doesn’t use the Unreal Engine like Fortnite or emulation like Super Mario 3D All-Stars. Instead, it’s built on Retro Studios’ familiar system called the RUDE engine (Retro Universal Design Engine). 

Metroid Prime was the first game to showcase the RUDE Engine’s work. Retros Studios continued to use the RUDE engine for the mainline Prime series and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.  Its power seems more significant and efficient than most modern game engines due to its stronger scripting opportunities. Its powerful properties enhance player interactions in the Metroid Prime world. The engine stabilizes the high frame rate perfectly for the latest Prime installment.

More accessibility options were added with newer controls and difficulty. Controls can be changed to use modern twin sticks and gyro controls. These adjustments let players walk and aim simultaneously. For players who desire the original Metroid Prime experience, classic controls can be configured to play with one stick to walk and aim. The only way to aim at flying/lower enemies around the player is to stand still and use the aim button to shoot. 

For new difficulty, a casual mode was added for those new to shooters and the Metroid series. A harder difficulty may be unlocked for those who complete the game in Normal mode. 

Its price makes Metroid Prime Remastered the best compared to other remasters. Rather than sell it at a full modern retail price like Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, or Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the game is sold for $40 on launch.

Retro Metroid

Metroid on Game Boy
Metroid Fusion on Game Boy Advance

Not only has Metroid Prime entered Nintendo Switch’s library, but Metroid is also on Gameboy as well. They can be played with modern features, including save states, different country versions from NA and Europe, and unique filters. There are only three Metroid games on the Gameboy systems: Metroid II Return of Samus, Metroid Zero Mission, and Metroid Fusion. While Metroid II and Fusion are confirmed to be released, there isn’t any mention of adding Zero Mission.

While the Gameboy games are included in a user’s Nintendo Switch Online Membership for $20, Gameboy Advance games require the Expansion Pass. Purchasing the Switch Online Membership & Expansion Pass for one account will cost $50 annually. Having multiple users on one switch will require the $35 family online membership or $80 with a family expansion pass.

Future of Metroid

Battling Meta Ridley in Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime Remastered represents what Metroid Prime 4 will be in the future. Despite having no updates for Prime 4, Retro Studios shows little slack with their latest release. Nintendo cares deeply for its first-party series and ensures its developments meet their high expectations. While Metroid fans still have to wait for Prime 4, they can be as much at ease with Prime Remastered.

The digital version of Metroid Prime Remastered is on the Nintendo Switch right now. The physical version will be released on 22 February 2023.

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