Metroid Prime Trilogy

FeatureReturning to Metroid

Co-creator Sakamoto on Samus Returns, Prime 4, amiibo and more.

Yoshio Sakamoto worked at Nintendo before he co-created Metroid, but it was his sci-fi series - one that that spawned a whole genre - which made him famous.

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.

See how classic Nintendo games look with the Oculus Rift

Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Ocarina of Time and Mario Kart!

Ever wondered how classic Nintendo games would look in first-person with a VR headset? Well wonder no more as YouTuber Chadtronic has made videos detailing his experience combining the Oculus Rift with modded version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Ocarina of Time, and Mario Kart: Double Dash.

Wii U "launch window" games could release four months later

Wii U "launch window" games could release four months later

No plans to annouce next Retro Studios project soon.

Wii U games shown in Nintendo's E3 "launch window" line-up could arrive anywhere up to four months after the console hits shop shelves.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime clarified the Wii U "launch window" timescale when pressed as to how soon the console's software would appear.

"Everything that we've shown from a first-party perspective is definitely launch window," Fils Aime told IGN.

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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.

Nintendo on-board for EG Expo

And it's not playing games. You are.

Well now. Those of you who've been keeping track of these Expo announcements will know that each has been a carefully judged and dispensed nugget of wonder, drip-fed to you in order to prevent socially dangerous levels of joy and enrichment. There have certainly been some crackers, and the list of playable games is already studded with enough gems to keep Snoop Dogg happy on a Sunday. Sometimes, however, you just have to up the ante.

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Series of the decade?

Looking back, perhaps the most galling aspect of the GameCube's relative failure was that two of the best games of the past decade never reached a wider audience. Anyone who experienced Retro Studios' twin masterpieces, Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, will know that both of them deserved to be hailed alongside the very biggest brands in gaming.

Simply put, both games excelled at everything they did. The challenge was greater, the design more intelligent and imaginative, with intricate, varied and fully-realised worlds alive with lavish detail and absorbing atmosphere. How these shooter-adventures weren't multi-million-selling worldwide hits has always been a source of personal frustration. Even hardcore gamers seemed reluctant to give them a try.

The 2007 release of the series' conclusion, Corruption, provided some comfort but also a few niggles. The revamped Wii controls were tailor-made for the first-person shooting. At the time, we noted that the lock-on free-aiming system "gives a degree of fluid, accurate control that's far and away the most intuitive, satisfying system anyone's come up with on a console."

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E3: Metroid Prime Trilogy dated

Out here in early September.

Nintendo issued an updated release date list at the end of its E3 conference, which concluded earlier this evening, announcing Metroid Prime Trilogy will be out in Europe on 4th September among other things.