Metroid Prime Remastered Launches for Nintendo Switch

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One of the greatest Metroid games of all time is back. As part of yesterday’s Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo has rolled out Metroid Prime Remastered, a modern version of Retro Studios’ classic 2002 GameCube game that features a range of improvements, including remastered visuals, audio, controls, and more. Metroid Prime Remastered is currently available digitally through the Nintendo eShop for $39.99, while a physical version will be available later this month on February 22. Metroid Prime 4 remains in development at Retro Studios despite having been announced years ago during E3 2017.

From Nintendo’s Metroid Prime Remastered page:

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.

  • Revamped visuals and sound: See—and hear—the classic first-person adventure in a new way with high-definition visuals and modernized, nostalgic audio.
  • New (and classic) controls: Experience Tallon IV with modern dual-analog controls for the first time, as well as nostalgic setups inspired by the original Metroid Prime game for the Nintendo GameCube system and the Metroid Prime: Trilogy games for the Nintendo Wii system.
  • Multiple difficulty options: The Casual difficulty reduces the amount of damage Samus takes in combat, helping you worry less about fighting to focus on exploring.
  • Bonus content: Unlock art created during the development of the original game as well as this remaster, a Soundtrack Gallery, and a 3D Character Gallery.

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