Nintendo certainly had a ton of surprises up its sleeve for its latest Direct. After years of industry pundits saying it existed, Metroid Prime Remastered was revealed to be real. In another twist that few likely saw coming, the remaster will actually be available after the Direct digitally.
For those that would rather opt for a physical version, Metroid Prime will be releasing on February 22, 2023 with an MSRP of $59.99. While there isn’t any kind of special edition, it does mean that those who would rather not pledge allegiance to our digital overlords will be able to hold a copy in their hands soon.
One of the biggest changes for Metroid Prime Remastered is a brand-new dual analog stick control method. Similar to modern first-person games, you’ll be able to play Metroid Prime in a style that has become standardized in the 21 years since the original’s release. If you’d rather have the original GameCube control method, that is also an option.
What is rather perplexing is the lack of Metroid Prime 2 and 3. Nintendo might be trying to recoup some lost profits by releasing the sequels individually, but it truly is an odd move after the Wii got Metroid Prime Trilogy. Until we know for certain how extensive this remaster of Prime is, we can’t say why the two sequels were left out.