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Box artwork for Metroid Prime.
Box artwork for Metroid Prime.
Metroid Prime
Developer(s)Retro Studios
Year released2002
System(s)Nintendo GameCube
Followed byMetroid Prime 2: Echoes
New Play Control!
Genre(s)FPS, Metroidvania
ModesSingle player
Rating(s)ESRB TeenUSK Ages 12+CERO All agesELSPA Ages 11+OFLC MatureVET 11+
Metroid Prime
Developer(s)Retro Studios
Year released2009
Metroid Prime Remastered
Developer(s)Retro Studios
Year released2023
System(s)Nintendo Switch
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After seven long years, Nintendo's most famous bounty hunter finally returned in Metroid Prime. This game took the traditional 2D side-on view of previous Metroid games and dragged it kicking and screaming into the 3D world. Sporting amazing graphics, a musical score to kill for and some of the most intense and involving gameplay on the GameCube, Metroid Prime was an instant classic and is still loved by gamers everywhere.

It was later updated for the Wii as part of the New Play Control! series, although this version was not released outside Japan until the Metroid Prime Trilogy release.

Development[edit | edit source]

At first, Prime was supposed to be for the N64, but progress was delayed due to the fact that there "weren't any concrete ideas" for it. It ended up being held over to GCN, where it was made into a collaboration project between Nintendo and Retro Studios. Their main focus was on Prime, but this led to the cancellation of 4 other games (one being Raven Blade). Kenji Yamamoto and Kouichi Kyuma composed music for Prime, using remixes of Metroid games to "satisfy old Metroid fans". For example, Lower Norfair was used for Magmoor Caverns and the Brinstar theme was used for Tallon Overworld.

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