Deal of the Forever: Metroid Prime Trilogy for $49.99

By Ishaan . May 22, 2009 . 11:45am


No, this isn’t some sort of cruel joke. Nintendo of America is — in an uncharacteristically generous move — packing the entire Metroid Prime trilogy onto a single disc and publishing it for the price of $49.99 on August 24, 2009. An excellent deal for those of us that are feeling the financial pinch.


The two Gamecube games have been outfitted with motion control from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. The New Play Control Wii-makes of Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes were sold as separate games in Japan for 3,990 yen each ($40).


IGN reports Prime and Echoes have both been updated with a widescreen aspect ratio, progressive scan and the token system from Corruption. Retro have also kept the 4-player split-screen multiplayer from Echoes intact and chosen to keep the narration from the PAL releases out of the first game (thank. God.).


The only downside to all this is that the Prime Trilogy version of Echoes has some noticeable compression during FMVs, no doubt due to space limitations. Still, it’s very impressive that Retro managed to fit all three games on a single DVD (I wonder if it will be dual-layered like Brawl was) and that they went the extra mile to tie all three together with an integrated front-end.


There’s no official word yet on whether or not Nintendo of Europe will be releasing the same package in PAL territories, but we don’t see why they wouldn’t.

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  • Hero of Legend

    I assume Prime 2 on GC didn’t have compressed FMV’s then?

    I thought Prime 1 (and likely thus Prime 2) supported 480p?

    • ECM

      Yep, they were, but at least now they’re also in widescreen, which they were not.

  • Holy Balls!!!

    This is such a great deal! Day one purchase for me.

  • wii_HD

    Already got the Primes from first print NGC era.

    Held off Corruption as the trilogy rumour started off over one year ago.

    Plus guess 1 and 2 will be the later released bug fixed and smoother loading revisions.
    Theres a comparision website somewhere for those who want to know the differances.

  • ShadowYuri

    “and chosen to keep the narration from the PAL releases out of the first game (thank. God.).”

    Can you explain your thoughts please ?

    • lostinblue

      hmmm, indeed, I like the narration.

      • Mmm, not me. I felt like it took some of the creepiness away.

  • MadMirko

    Awesome. Will import.

  • lostinblue

    day one.

    but more importantly, the fact they’re announcing this before E3 makes me expect that E3 will be really something. fingers crossed.

  • Eliel

    nice don’t really care if its hd or not but this sounds to good to be true

  • Malek86

    I’m not a fan of those 3D Metroid games. I’d rather Nintendo make a new 2D one.

    However, for the price, this is pretty good stuff. And widescreen support is always a plus in my book. Since I only have Prime 1, uhm… if they include the original controls, I might actually end up buying it.

  • CleruTesh

    Never played any Metroid Prime games. Guess it’s time to start.

  • I paid full price for each of these entries and am just getting into 3 now… seems wrong that they will all be on one disc.

  • Aoshi00

    I only played the first one on GC and was stuck at 40% I think, just couldn’t figure out where to go in the tunnels of labyrinth, I remember why I couldn’t go forward, it was those ghost apparition, I was no match for them.. I have yet to get Corruption, so this is a very good deal.

  • melgo

    So, does that mean the original US script is in as well? The narration wasn’t the only change in the PAL and NTSC-J versions. The far more substantial change was essentially a complete rewrite of the logs, seeing as the US version of the script was one massive plot hole.

  • Chow

    Is there at least an option for the more superior GC-styled controls? While using the Wiimote to point and turn was fun at first, the severe lack of buttons (and thus in-game functions) on the Wiimote-nunchuk combo really ruined MP3 for me. Knowing Nintendo, I doubt they’d have that level of consderation for people who like good control schemes.

    • James

      Eh? What ingame functions did the wii controle set up limit?

      • Chow

        I haven’t played the game in quite a while (I no longer have a Wii), but I remember not being able to select weapons and visors. There’s probably more, but those stick out to me.

        Granted, they had to downgrade the engine on the Wii so that you didn’t need to select weapons and visors, but I always thought that was a really neat part of the GC versions.

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