Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

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FeatureMetroid Prime remains one of Nintendo's finest games

Why Retro Studios' masterpiece is as essential now as it was in 2002.

Metroid has always been a mesh of different DNA: a little of Zelda's exploration mixed in with the acrobatics of Mario and then tied together with some good old fashioned plasma ballistics. Even taking into account that heritage, there was nothing quite like Metroid Prime when it launched in 2002. Coming up to 13 years later, and despite a couple of high quality sequels and almost a decade of increasingly fevered begging from fans, there's been nothing like it ever since.

Metroid Prime series not finished?

Producer considering multiplayer.

Metroid Prime veteran producer Kensuke Tanabe has hinted that the series may live on, despite the story coming to a close in Metroid Prime Corruption.

FeatureWii: 12 Games of Christmas

My true love gave to Wii.

The nights are so long these days (sorry, nights) that you could dress them up in angry forum posts and call them the delay between major Wii releases. Of the 12 Games of Christmas features we've done so far, this line-up saw by far the most chins stroked and calls placed in search of suitable candidates.

After what feels like a wait of ninety million years, this week finally sees Metroid Prime 3: Corruption reach our Euroshelves. To mark this epoch-making event, and to give me an excuse to dust off some really ace old games, here's a potted history of the critically acclaimed franchise so far. If you've always wondered what the fuss was about, hopefully this will entice you to sample some classics. If you're already in love with Nintendo's resourceful lady bounty hunter and her spherical gifts, maybe this will tickle some happy memories up from the sludgy bottom of your mind.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Far longer, more intricate, more challenging and just simply more imaginative than most shooters cluttering up the shelves, Metroid Prime 3 is another master-class of design brilliance from Retro Studios and the perfect end to an almost perfect gaming trilogy.

Sow your oats

Set six months after the events of Echoes, the general idea of Corruption (as detailed in our recent hands-on preview is that the Galactic Federation's network computers (the Aurora Units) have been infected with a virus. Swift action prevented all of them going down, and it turns out that entire planets are being corrupted with a mutative substance called 'Phazon', via gigantic 'seeds' called Leviathans. In a nutshell, your job is to go to each and every one of these infected planets and take out the seeds in an attempt to reverse the devastating corrupting effects of this deadly Phazon. Very early on the game, it transpires that the nefarious being behind all of this meddlesome nonsense is actually the yang to Samus's yin - Dark Samus.

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Never mind Super Mario Galaxy - the one forthcoming Wii first party title that has me frothing with giddy expectation is the latest in the Metroid Prime series. After the majestic beast that was 2004's Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Retro Studios latest offering was always going to get the red carpet treatment from us - appropriate, given that Nintendo's swanky new offices are literally next door to the Queen's modest abode in Windsor.

FeatureWii: 2007's Most Wanted

Something for the Wii-kend?

Of all Nintendo's various achievements, surely its most consistent is in simultaneously pissing off and delighting its faithful European customers. For twenty-five years the company has wowed us with innovative technology and wonderfully robust and inventive games, filling reservoirs of consumer goodwill in a way few other multinationals manage. In tension with this, interminable localisation delays, sloppy, bordered conversions and,- most heart-breakingly - an ever-slim line-up of releases has made it clear that Europe is literally the least of the Japanese company's global concerns.

Zelda DS gets US date

As Metroid Wii slips a week.

Nintendo of America has said that The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass will be released exclusively for Nintendo DS on 1st October.

US Metroid Prime 3 date

Out in August over there.

Metroid Prime 3 will be out in that there America on 20th August, Nintendo said today, in one of those press release things full of release dates.

No Metroid until Q3 at least

Reggie wants it to be 'perfect'.

Nintendo has confirmed that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption won't be released in the first half of 2007 because Nintendo and developer Retro Studios want to make sure it's "perfect".

Fils-Aime coy about Metroid date

What happened to 'early 2007'?

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime has dodged a question about when exactly Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is due out for Nintendo Wii, having previously said to expect it "early in 2007".

Fils-Aime promises Wii games

In a reasonable timeframe.

If big first party Wii titles like Metroid Prime 3 and Super Mario Galaxy take longer to arrive than expected, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime could well be left looking a bit silly, after a transcript of an October interview emerged where he promised their swift release in 2007.

Mario, Metroid estimates

Plus VC timetable, online gaming and arrogance.

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime has said that American gamers can expect Super Mario Galaxy any time between the end of March and next Christmas.

Metroid Prime: Corruption

A tale of waiting in line.

This is the game, apparently, that Nintendo just didn't want me to preview. You see, Retro were kind enough to give the E3 punters a demo which was, roughly, twenty-five minutes long. A serious investment of time. Nintendo, or at least the floor monkeys, didn't seem to know that, so the first day the lines were so long, and so static, that it was a waste of time. Day 2, of course, they've got a plan in mind. They'll limit everyone to about 10 minutes. Which means that by the middle of the demo, roughly, you're kicked off. So, therefore, I need to wait in line about 6 times, ensuring I time it right half the time so I can play it from the middle onwards (continuing someone else's game) to ensure I get all the way through it.

Metroid 3 to launch with Wii

Metroid 3 to launch with Wii

Wave your wand at Samus.

Nintendo has revealed that the next instalment in the Metroid series will definitely be a Wii launch title, and that you'll be able to play the game using the motion-sensing remote controller.

Developer Retro Studios is still keeping quiet on the gameplay specifics, but have managed to pick up a few snippets of info - such as the fact that the X-Ray visor is making a welcome return, and it's being upgraded slightly to include a new wall-piercing beam that'll let you seek out cowardly enemies and frazzle them before they even know you're there. It's also going to play a bigger role in puzzle solving, but there's no word as to how exactly this will work.

Travel between the huge areas on multiple worlds will be undertaken in Samus' new gunship, and there's a distinct possibility of remotely controlling the ship as a puzzle solving tool - bringing in the heavy weapons to clear obstacles and open up new paths in certain areas.

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Metroid Prime 3 at E3?

No denial from Nintendo.

IGN's Nintendo editor is claiming that Metroid Prime 3 for Revolution will be "fully playable" at this year's E3.

Metroid Prime 3 details

Metroid Prime 3 details

The Revolution rolls closer.

A rare interview with Nintendo's second-party cohorts Retro Studios has shed some light on Metroid Prime 3, which is bound for release on the next-gen Revolution format sometime next year by current estimates.

The interview, aired official Metroid site Luminoth Temple, talks of bringing closure to the story, retaining the game's first-person viewpoint and taking full advantage of the new system.

"The plot of Prime 3 is about closure, told against the backdrop of an epic struggle," the Retro Studios spokesperson said. Apparently the planet Phazon will play a key role again, and heroine Samus Aran willf ind herself coming up against Metroid enemies and new threats as well.

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