There has been a lot of excitement surrounding today’s Nintendo Direct event, which will run around 40 minutes and feature updates on games releasing for Nintendo Switch in the coming months and hopefully beyond. One game that has been on everyone’s mind is Metroid Prime 4, though that may seem far off from an official release yet. However, a new rumour suggests that Nintendo is already working on a re-release of the first Metroid Prime for 2022, adding fuel to the rumours of a remastered Metroid Prime trilogy.
According to reputable Nintendo insider Emily Rogers, Nintendo is currently working on a re-release of the first Metroid Prime for Nintendo Switch, and it’s targeting a 2022 release. Rumours have been floating around online about a possible Metroid Prime trilogy remaster for quite some time now, and this seems like good news for fans hopeful for more Samus adventures in the first-person space. Rogers wrote:
“Last I heard, Nintendo was busy working on Metroid Prime 1 to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary in 2022. I’m not sure if we’re getting a ‘trilogy’ or just a re-release of the first game. I’m leaning toward the latter, but I hope we get the former.”
Nintendo is set to host a new Nintendo Direct event later today at 3 PM PT or 12 AM SAST (tomorrow) for South Africans. It’s possible that Nintendo will announce this rumoured Metroid Prime re-release at the event, or possibly the entire trilogy remastered, though fans aren’t hopeful for Metroid Prime 4 just yet.
Metroid Prime was first released for the GameCube in 2002, and has since seen the Metroid Prime Trilogy ported over to Nintendo Wii in 2009. The series shifted its perspective from a side-scroller to a first-person shooter, receiving plenty of critical and commercial success for rejuvenating the series at a stage where side-scrolling Metroid games were mostly absent from gaming. Metroid Prime 4 rebooted its development in 2019 and handed back to Retro Studios, the original developers of the spin-off series. We can only hope that Rogers’ statement holds some weight, but we still recommend taking it with a grain of salt.
Source: Emily Rogers