During the recent Nintendo Direct livestream, Nintendo officially announced Metroid Prime Remastered following months of rumours and speculation. The game is also now available to purchase on the Nintendo eShop digitally, with a physical edition scheduled to arrive on 22 February for Nintendo Switch.
According to Nintendo, Metroid Prime Remastered will feature HD visuals, enhanced sound and quality of life changes. The game is currently available to purchase on the Nintendo eShop for $40. It’s likely that the physical edition will also cost the same.
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Rumours surrounding a remaster of Metroid Prime have been floating around for several months. A leak back in 2021 by reputable Nintendo insider Emily Rogers claimed that Nintendo was developing a remaster of the first game and aiming for a 2022 release date. While the release date was just a few months off from its targeted year, this report proved to be correct. That begs the question if Nintendo is planning to remaster the entire trilogy ahead of Metroid Prime 4‘s release, which was a no-show at the Nintendo Direct yesterday.
The official description for Metroid Prime Remastered is as follows:
“Intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran receives a distress signal from a wrecked frigate in orbit around planet Tallon IV. Upon investigation, the frigate reveals itself to be a Space Pirate research vessel home to terrifying genetic experiments using the mysterious Phazon substance. There, Samus encounters her nemesis, Meta Ridley, whom she pursues to the surface of Tallon IV. It’s up to her alone to explore the planet’s interconnected regions, investigate its dark secrets, and end the intergalactic threat posed by Phazon. Experience this critically acclaimed first-person adventure like never before with remastered visuals, audio, controls, and more.”
Metroid Prime Remastered is currently available digitally on Nintendo Switch. Expect a physical edition to arrive on 22 February. Check out the announcement trailer below.