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Metroid Prime Trilogy Review

The best three-for-one offer ever

When Japanese gamers got their hands on New Play Control! Metroid Prime a few months back, we were delighted that Wii owners would get the chance to play this wonderful game anew, with the enhanced controls that made Metroid Prime 3: Corruption such a fluid and fast-paced shooter.

Yet we couldn't help but think it would be even more wonderful if Nintendo was to package the original and its sequel together rather than releasing them separately. Then we started getting greedy, dreaming of how fantastic it would be if the two older games were packaged with Corruption in a special edition boxset and released as the Metroid Prime Trilogy. Now either Satoru Iwata has been tapping our phones or dreams really do come true, because - amazingly - it's here.

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It's easy to forget these days that the original Prime was widely tipped to be a flop before its release, when some unimpressive early footage and rumours of a troubled development led many to write it off before it arrived. That it turned out to be one of the most skillful transfers of a well-known franchise from 2D to 3D ever was even more astounding, with the guiding hand of Shigeru Miyamoto helping the relatively untested Retro Studios to craft a true third-person adventure masterpiece. And seven years on from its GameCube debut, it still remains a landmark Nintendo experience, even if time has dulled its impact somewhat.

The Wii controls have been transferred wholesale from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and work brilliantly, even without the beam-stacking of the later game. Switching between beams is similar to visor-swapping - simply press the + button and point to the right segment of the HUD - and once you're accustomed to the system, it's every bit as easy as using the C-stick on a Wavebird. Scanning is much quicker, and you'll now earn medals for certain accomplishments - another idea lifted from Corruption.

The new controls make it feel closer to a first-person shooter than before - it might be just us, but we swear Samus moves just a tiny bit quicker. It's a shame that you'll sometimes have to wait a few seconds for a door to open, as the larger discs on Wii increase loading times ever so slightly, but that's a small price to pay for the controls, which make you feel the game was made specifically for the format. Given how perfectly-tuned the original controls felt at the time, that's some achievement, and we wouldn't want to go back to playing it with a GameCube pad now.

Primed And Ready

Prime is a longer and much larger game than Corruption, but the downside to that is that its level design feels a little too convoluted - the backtracking that the Wii game reduced to a bare minimum now feels like more of a chore than it did seven years ago, even if some of its environments make it worth the trek. The gorgeous, snow-swept wastes of Phendrana Drifts are still perhaps a cut above any of the areas in Corruption, and its lonely, oppressive atmosphere trumps the weaker story sequences in the latter. Samus feels totally isolated and disconnected, making one or two sections as unnerving and forbidding as any survival horror.

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It's rarely as intense as its follow-up, though. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is in many ways the Empire Strikes Back of the series; not because it's the best, but because it's several shades darker than the original. The first time you land on the planet of Aether, you're immediately confronted by death and destruction, as your mission to investigate the strange disappearance of a squad of Federation troopers goes seriously awry.

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  1. Ray96 Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 15:34

    this is release day buy for me :D

  2. Ai64 Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 15:56

    Awsome! Three games burned into one disc. Go samus! :D

  3. GeDe Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 16:47

    Got them in their original form beforehand. :)

    But this is still a great offer! People go forth and buy! :P

    Everyone knocks it down, but I still say my fave of the Trilogy would have to be Echoes. Liked the idea that you were fighting an evil that was killing off both the Luminoths, Space Pirates and Samus - Rather than just going in and shooting up the Pirates' Crib. :D

  4. teeelo Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 18:16

    This is gonna be sweeeeeet!
    But can someone at ONM please clarify whether we're getting the tin or not??
    Is been driving everybody in the Wii section insane!

  5. nizy Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 19:02

    I never had a gamecube, so I never played 1 & 2 (although I did play some of the DS version on a mate's DS). When I got my Wii, 1 of the 1st games I got was Corruption. I completely loved it and was hoping Nintendo would bring over the other 2. Then they announce this trilogy package and I'm like - hell yeah. Pre-ordered it a while back - will be playing them all in chronological order!

  6. GuyWhoLikesBlue2 Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 19:32

    yay! pre-ordered it a while back off of amazon, so will hopefully get it by saturday!

    EDIT: Damn, got an e-mail from Amazon saying there's stock issues and my copy will be delayed :cry:

  7. The Rocker Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 19:45

    To teelo:

    If the Special Edition metal case is what you're referring to, then yes, as far as I'm aware, we will be getting that.

  8. Metroid Hunter Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 20:27
  9. Jacen Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 21:33

    I had the first one on the Cube. Glad to see we're finally getting something Japan doesn't! Got it on preorder and picking it up first thing Friday morning :)

  10. ILoveWii Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 22:06

    To teelo:

    If the Special Edition metal case is what you're referring to, then yes, we will be getting that.

    Stop saying things you blatantly do not know about.

    We are getting NO TIN WE HAVE NEVER BEEN GETTING A TIN.

    We're getting a sleeve which covers a box.

    The box art is still unknown.

  11. Gerry-rich Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 22:33

    To teelo:

    If the Special Edition metal case is what you're referring to, then yes, we will be getting that.

    Stop saying things you blatantly do not know about.

    We are getting NO TIN WE HAVE NEVER BEEN GETTING A TIN.

    We're getting a sleeve which covers a box.

    The box art is still unknown.

    The American version comes with the metal tin and artwork, and you get a t-shirt and a poster for free if you get it off amazon.com

  12. Oiram 07 Wednesday 2nd Sep 2009 at 23:29

    Will be getting this on Saturday, cant wait ;)

  13. YoshiRoll Thursday 3rd Sep 2009 at 07:26

    does anyone know when they're going to announce the winners of the comp?

  14. MetroidMarioMan Thursday 3rd Sep 2009 at 10:58

    The Metroid Prime Trilogy in one - awesome.
    But do you know what would've been the icing on the cake??

    Online Multiplayer....
    Like on Metroid Prime Hunters...
    But with the depth of Call of Duty...
    Now THAT would be something :D

  15. ILoveWii Thursday 3rd Sep 2009 at 11:08

    To teelo:

    If the Special Edition metal case is what you're referring to, then yes, we will be getting that.

    Stop saying things you blatantly do not know about.

    We are getting NO TIN WE HAVE NEVER BEEN GETTING A TIN.

    We're getting a sleeve which covers a box.

    The box art is still unknown.

    The American version comes with the metal tin and artwork, and you get a t-shirt and a poster for free if you get it off amazon.com

    YES, I know that because I've been following this game since Day 1 of its revelation.

  16. translator guy Thursday 3rd Sep 2009 at 11:17

    Echoes


    high difficulty

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  17. SharpShooter M82 Thursday 3rd Sep 2009 at 12:27

    I most probably speak for myself when I say this but I love the fact that whenever I feel like playing prime 1 or 2 I can just dust off the GC originals and slip that tiny disk into the Wii. It just makes playing the classics that much more...classic.Moreover to know that two of the games that made the GC worth owning are now available as bolt-on's to a Wii title that, on release, was praised for looking that good and not being a port is in all honesty very disheartening and, upon reflection, leads me to question Nintendo's integrity as well as its treatment of the companies leading franchises.

    On a slightly positive note the control's sound superb (for the first two mind, consedering the fact that the third game was originally made for the Wii) but I feel that the fact that Retro were able to transfer Metroid to the GC and still make the controls work just shows how damn good these games actually were. Just going back to the GC title with my WaveBird in hand is a really cool and almost nostalgic feeling and unfortunatley this is something that, once you load it up, is lost in the translation.

    To end this rather negative rant, It seems to me that in becoming "The bargain of the century"both Prime 1 & 2 have lost their classic status and I have to say, thats not good...not good at all.

  18. stuartw099 Thursday 3rd Sep 2009 at 18:21

    Waiting for my copy

  19. Dooby Thursday 3rd Sep 2009 at 20:44

    Well I have had my copy since this morning (1 day early BOO-YAH!) Extremely chuffed with the game, but I fail to see any fuzzy cutscenes, I never noticed them to be fuzzy, but regardless, the packaging is lush, shiny, detailed and the lettering is very cool effect. This is the best package for any console I believe, 3 truly stunning titles, with great HD revamp, responsive and simple controls, amazing on surround sound, a nice featured art work, I fails to see where the flaws are in this package, best of all, I can't wait for my NES download, I should be getting it since I submitted my code 1 day early :D

  20. rayhanc8 Thursday 3rd Sep 2009 at 21:30

    Looks like an amzing game, can ONM please announce the winners of the earlier competition i really wanted to win this game i cant get the game until my birthday on december 31st otherwise, i havent played the first 2 so i really want to play them as soon as i can

  21. ILoveWii Friday 4th Sep 2009 at 17:59

    HD revamp

    No, no, no...

    There is no HD on Wii.

  22. Gurbz Friday 4th Sep 2009 at 19:06

    so does the we get it in a nice tin? if not , whats it like? the conduit SE?

  23. benchneo Friday 4th Sep 2009 at 19:32

    You know the Gamecube version of MP2: Echoes had multiplayer, will MPT have any multiplayer options?

  24. Mariotroid Saturday 5th Sep 2009 at 09:28

    Mine won't work. :evil: :!: :?: :cry:
    Whenever I turn it on it says it can't read it!!

  25. marioforever Saturday 5th Sep 2009 at 10:11

    You know the Gamecube version of MP2: Echoes had multiplayer, will MPT have any multiplayer options?

    yeah its exactly the same as in echoes

    Mine won't work. :evil: :!: :?: :cry:
    Whenever I turn it on it says it can't read it!!

    mine was like that with resident evil 4 turns out i was putting the disc in upside down :? :P

    this really is a brilliant package. i'm already 40% through prime and its somehow a million times more addictive with corruption's controls.

  26. mantisboy1 Saturday 5th Sep 2009 at 11:24

    Oh why must it be dual layered...

  27. Kolo67 Saturday 5th Sep 2009 at 11:48

    Super duper awsome!

    And I got the Concept art thingy!

    Awsome!!!!

  28. Switzerninmaster Saturday 5th Sep 2009 at 12:04

    I pre-ordered it but not getting it until after the 11th!! Waaaaaaa!
    But I just completed number 1 on gamecube so Yay!!!

  29. m.j.c Saturday 5th Sep 2009 at 18:11

    whoo i got metroid prime trilogy today its ace so far! :lol:

  30. CloudLXXXV Saturday 5th Sep 2009 at 20:11

    Why..
    WWWHHHYYY???!!! :(
    Its the Super Smash Bros Brawl Pandemic all over again! :shock:
    Metroid Prime Trilogy does not play in my Wii unless i put it in and out about 20 times..
    Also found people on the net with the same problem..
    I put in my SSBB to confirm my suspicions..
    And yup!
    Didn't work!
    Metroid Prime Trilogy is Dual Layered..
    My cleaned Wii is now "dirty" again..
    Seriously..
    This is almost as bad as the 360s RROD.. :evil:
    I hope you guys make a Blog about this because i'm certain there are countless people who bought this yesterday and are having problems actually playing it..
    Nintendo should find a permanent solution..
    Or stop using Dual Layer Discs altogether..
    Or even make a Wii specific Lens Cleaner..
    Btw..
    Ive been reading nom/onm since '98..
    11 years worth of mags in my attic.. :D
    Regards, CloudLXXXV

  31. Randdalf Sunday 6th Sep 2009 at 16:08

    I think you'll find that the Orange Box is the best 3 for 1 offer ever (and that's not counting Half-Life 2 and Episode One!)

  32. MARION64WII Friday 11th Sep 2009 at 12:18

    All three of them are good however i have not played the first prime game :( i have the second and i agree that it is very hard (but in an interesting way + multiplayer) and prime 3 is great but im only selling it because im getting this and it will be brand new :D and by the looks other M will be better than all three put together (just hoping it dosen't mess up near it's release)

  33. The Rocker Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 21:58

    Why..
    WWWHHHYYY???!!! :(
    Its the Super Smash Bros Brawl Pandemic all over again! :shock:
    Metroid Prime Trilogy does not play in my Wii unless i put it in and out about 20 times..
    Also found people on the net with the same problem..
    I put in my SSBB to confirm my suspicions..
    And yup!
    Didn't work!
    Metroid Prime Trilogy is Dual Layered..
    My cleaned Wii is now "dirty" again..
    Seriously..
    This is almost as bad as the 360s RROD.. :evil:
    I hope you guys make a Blog about this because i'm certain there are countless people who bought this yesterday and are having problems actually playing it..
    Nintendo should find a permanent solution..
    Or stop using Dual Layer Discs altogether..
    Or even make a Wii specific Lens Cleaner..
    Btw..
    Ive been reading nom/onm since '98..
    11 years worth of mags in my attic.. :D
    Regards, CloudLXXXV

    I had the same problem. I fixed it 10 mins later by putting in a single-layered disc in (Super Mario Galaxy, in my case), ejecting it, and then inserting the Metroid disc. It worked fine after that (almost as if my Wii was in the 'mood' to read the disc because it read the single-layered disc just before it.)

  34. LiamGodOfFood Monday 14th Sep 2009 at 14:33

    Anyone know how much it will cost?

  35. Tekkonkinkreet Monday 12th Oct 2009 at 10:58

    three masterpieces on one dics, this is a must have for every serious wii owner. it's a love letter from nintendo to the hardcore gamers :D

  36. skullkid666 Saturday 24th Oct 2009 at 05:04

    :?: i dont get it this got the same score a corruption even though corruption is included!

  37. skullkid666 Saturday 24th Oct 2009 at 05:10

    I think you'll find that the Orange Box is the best 3 for 1 offer ever (and that's not counting Half-Life 2 and Episode One!)

    very true but i suppose this is the best nintendo bargain

  38. Heroofhyrule Saturday 23rd Jan 2010 at 10:03

    Oh why must it be dual layered...

    To fit 3 games on a single non dual layered wii disk is asking a bit much don't you think?

  39. Mabz 97 Thursday 28th Oct 2010 at 17:14

    How does The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess have higher % than this. Metroid Prime Trilogy is much more interactive e.g. In Metroid Prime, at the Chozo Ruins, there were birds flying far up above you that actualy exploded if you shot them. I`ve spent houres trying to shoot some birds in Twillight Princess with my bow and arow that are flying around Hyrule Castle! Twilight Princess is still a grate game but Metroid Prime Trilogy is better.

  40. thundercat96 Wednesday 26th Jan 2011 at 16:25

    Metroid Prime Trilogy is an absolute cock-up! The graphics for a 2009 game are disgraceful and the gameplay is horrendous! :( The score should be 75%

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