Metroid Prime Remastered is out on Switch today

Nintendo has announced Metroid Prime Remastered for the Switch.

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Fans have long waited for Nintendo to show some love to the Metroid Prime series, whether it be update on the Elusive Metroid Prime 4, or a return to an old game in the series. Well, Nintendo is finally bringing the inaugural game in the saga to Switch, as it has announced Metroid Prime Remastered. What’s more, it’s out today on the Switch eShop.

Nintendo surprised fans during the February 2023 Nintendo Direct when it dropped the announcement trailer for Metroid Prime Remastered. This remaster of the 2002 GameCube game puts players back in the armor of Samus Aran. The groundbreaking action-adventure game that ushered the franchise in the 3D has gotten a graphical facelift for Nintendo’s latest console. The controls have also been updated for a smoother player experience.

The real shocker came at the end of the trailer, when Nintendo announced that Metroid Prime Remastered would be launching today. The game is listed at $39.99 USD on the Switch eShop. This page also features a synopsis for players that are new or need a refresher.

Metroid Prime Remastered will hopefully keep fans occupied as they await new details on Metroid Prime 4, which we haven’t had an update on since 2019. If you’re looking for more details out of the February 2023 Nintendo Direct, we’ve got everything that you need to know.

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    February 8, 2023 2:39 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Metroid Prime Remastered is out on Switch today

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      February 8, 2023 2:52 PM

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        February 8, 2023 3:51 PM

        I almost checked the date.

        As much as I would love this I'm not getting a switch just for it. They should have released it like 5 years ago

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      February 8, 2023 2:58 PM

      hOW MUCH

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      February 8, 2023 2:58 PM

      sweet, I never played the original

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      February 8, 2023 2:59 PM

      What’re the controls like?

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        February 8, 2023 3:00 PM

        In the trailer they said it supported both the classic setup and modern twin stick style controls.

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        February 8, 2023 3:43 PM

        Has 4 modes.. Dual Analog, Pointer, Hybrid & Classic

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        February 8, 2023 3:50 PM

        A hybrid of dual stick, gyros, and lock-on. There are other options including the classic Gamecube style but I'm using this one, it works really well.

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      February 8, 2023 3:20 PM

      No waggle controls...praise God!

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        February 8, 2023 3:36 PM

        well yeah it's just the first one, it never had that junk

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          February 9, 2023 7:46 AM

          It had that junk in the “new control scheme” release in a Japan as well as on the Metroid Prime Trilogy release for Wii. But yeah it was not originally designed with that in mind.

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        February 8, 2023 3:38 PM

        Actually it optionally does.

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        February 8, 2023 3:50 PM

        It has gyro aiming with trigger lock-on, so it actually does as an option

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          February 8, 2023 4:19 PM

          But at least it's not required, like the awful Wii / Wii U ports.

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            February 8, 2023 4:39 PM

            Gyro aiming for console shooters is good though, at least for Nintendo games since they tune it so well

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              February 8, 2023 5:04 PM

              MP waggle felt like the future.

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                February 8, 2023 6:12 PM

                Yup I hated how MP3 felt because of it. GC controls all the way!

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              February 8, 2023 5:08 PM

              I don't ever want to play a game again where I have to hold a remote control shaped device and waggle it in the general direction of the TV to aim. Fuck that. Did you play Metroid Prime on the Wii? It was miserable.

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                February 8, 2023 5:10 PM

                Huge difference between Wii style aiming and Splatoon style aiming

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                  February 8, 2023 5:11 PM

                  Playstation exclusives should have had this ages ago since the DS4 and DS5 were both capable, its so dumb

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                    February 8, 2023 7:29 PM

                    Sony did early on when it was Sixaxis. I think the reaction to that was so bad they just dropped it entirely.

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                      February 8, 2023 7:48 PM

                      I feel like Naughty Dog could have done it by Uncharted 4, let alone by TLOU2.

                      Astro's Playroom had it but not much else. I'm looking at a list though and it looks like RE8 and Quake have it. Modern Warfare 2 also seems to have added it on PS4 and PS5. Not on Xbox ofc because they're the one holdout on not having every feature in their controllers

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                February 8, 2023 5:17 PM

                Gyro aiming is just an assist (and a great one at that).

                It's fantastic to tweak your aim but you don't use full-time for aiming your POV.

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                  February 9, 2023 8:14 AM

                  My biggest problem with gyro aiming is that it makes it frustrating to go back to games without it. It's shockingly good once you get over the learning curve. With two out three consoles having built-in support, it's really a shame that more games don't adopt it. At least Steam includes powerful tooling to add it to pretty much any game.

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                February 8, 2023 6:34 PM

                You don’t have to lift and aim. Get in a comfy position and it is so good.

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                  February 8, 2023 8:58 PM

                  Yeah these people can't waggle worth a fuck. You only have to move your arm at the elbow and wrist. If your should is getting in on the action you're fucking up

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                    February 9, 2023 9:20 AM

                    Even if you're doing it right the Wii/U controls were shit. Having to keep your wrist tilted forward in a fixed position for more than an hour is awful from an ergonomics perspective.

                    I haven't played the remastered version but I'd imagine that gyro aiming is a huge improvement over the old point to shoot setup.

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                February 9, 2023 7:29 AM

                It was actually pretty decent. Basically lifted completely from MP3.

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      February 8, 2023 3:20 PM

      Manual transmission only though

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      February 8, 2023 3:39 PM

      Another decade before MP2 is remastered.

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      February 8, 2023 4:17 PM

      Omg! I can't believe I'm this excited!

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      February 8, 2023 4:48 PM

      It's out right now? That is...quite dope

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      February 8, 2023 6:36 PM

      the remastered graphics look pretty good compared to wii

      https://youtu.be/xORZz58JAgA

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        February 8, 2023 7:20 PM

        I didn't realize how substantial the upgrade was as I was playing it. It looked like I remember it looking even though its clearly way better.

        https://youtu.be/xORZz58JAgA?t=396

        Its more than the new models and textures too, even just the lighting on the first space platform at 1:40 looks terrific

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          February 8, 2023 7:30 PM

          It is masterfully done. I'm super familiar with Prime, and it's so nice to see it's rough edges get smoothed away like this.

          They nailed the feel while updating... everything.

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            February 8, 2023 7:32 PM

            And the lighting is lovely, given the Switch's limitations - you can see the play of the blue door glow in the stone. Water reflections are also pretty good - fairly well sampled cubemaps, at least, and I'm not sure if they might not have an SSR component in some cases.

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              February 8, 2023 7:42 PM

              Its doable, Portal 2 looks incredible on the SWOLED all while pinned at 60fps at native docked and handheld rez

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          February 8, 2023 7:38 PM

          This looks amazing

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          February 8, 2023 7:41 PM

          0h feek yeah, looks awesome. Gonna dive into this after ... these other games.

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          February 9, 2023 7:54 AM

          It feels like this should have been a bigger announcement in the Nintendo Direct but that’s just my bias talking.

          When I started MPT on the Steam Deck, in watching the prerendered opening animation I had this thought of “wow, remember back when Nintendo would release Metroid Prime stuff like it wasn’t an uncommon occurrence? And now we can barely get them to acknowledge it?” I guess the good news is we’re back to that now.

          I’m still going to finish up MP1 and possibly the others on the Deck first before playing this but I’m going to get the physical version when it’s released since I want to put out the message of supporting it, to the extent that that even matters.

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            February 9, 2023 8:06 AM

            I bout it digitally but I don't even have a Switch yet. Thinking about getting the physical version also to show my support.

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      February 8, 2023 7:34 PM

      Bought

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      February 8, 2023 7:40 PM

      shirif, have they upgraded the grafix?

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        February 8, 2023 7:42 PM

        Oh, yes. And so much more.

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        February 8, 2023 7:44 PM

        I haven't downloaded it, but all signs point to feek yes

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          February 8, 2023 7:46 PM

          Just saw the vid above. feek yeah!!!

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      February 8, 2023 9:01 PM

      I am bummed they changed what the doors look like. They're too blue

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      February 9, 2023 7:15 AM

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      February 9, 2023 7:49 AM

      I decided to use regular ass dual stick control with no motion for now.

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        February 9, 2023 7:51 AM

        when you first land on the planet and leave the ship and the music kicks in, the nostalgia hits you hard

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