Metroid Prime Trilogy: Switch remaster reportedly finished, Nintendo hesitates

Metroid Prime Trilogy: Switch remaster reportedly finished, Nintendo hesitates

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Since last year there have been rumors and speculations about a remastered version of the Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Nintendo Switch. However, Nintendo has been keeping a low profile on this topic so far, a release date is also not known. The work on the remaster collection has supposedly already been completed.

At least that's what industry insider and leaker Jeff Grubb claims. In the latest edition of his show "Grubbsnax" he explained that this remaster version not only actually exists, but also that development has already been completed. However, Nintendo has so far hesitated with the release of Metroid Prime Trilogy (buy now) for the Nintendo Switch, as the manufacturer is currently not ready for this step. According to Grubb, there are several reasons for this. Among other things, Nintendo wants to wait until the release of the brand new Metroid Prime 4 is getting closer in order to better exploit the associated hype among fans. Ultimately, this would mean that the release of the collection for the Switch is still some time in coming.

After all, fans of the series haven't been left empty-handed for that long: Nintendo announced not that long ago that Metroid Dread will be released on October 8, 2021 for the Nintendo Switch. It is the end of the saga that began with the 2D Metroid games. In addition, the game should lay the foundation for new stories and adventures around Samus Aran.

Source: GrubbSnax

‘Metroid Prime Trilogy’ is “done and Nintendo is holding it”

News has emerged that a Metroid Prime Trilogy remaster for Nintendo Switch has already finished development and is awaiting release.

The news comes from respected VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grub who claimed via a paywalled Giant Bomb show that Nintendo is merely holding off on its release in part due to restricted QA (Quality Assurance) resources due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and, also, because it has a plan to align its release more closely with Metroid Prime 4.

This isn’t brand new information exactly as the claim matches with Twitter posts from games journalist Imran Khan back in 2019, but it is a step forward for the rumour mill.

According to Grubb on the show (via VGC), “the game is done and Nintendo is holding it”. He explained, “Nintendo’s done this a lot recently so it’s not unusual, it’s not a sign of some bad thing happening, it’s not a sign of a lack of faith in Metroid… Nintendo can afford [to sit on it] and that’s how they’re treating it.”

Grubb also believes the pandemic has affected things with “Japan…still dealing with these issues” as well as the fact that Metroid Prime Trilogy is “definitely going to be a marketing beat for Metroid Prime 4,” suggesting we won’t see the trilogy until we see the latest installment too.

The news comes only a few weeks after Nintendo announced a brand new 2D Metroid game at E3 – Metroid Dread – which is planned for release on 8 October 2021 and is the first brand new 2D Metroid game in 19 years. Elsewhere, a fan project has reinvented Metroid Prime as a 2D game.