Nintendo has announced Metroid Prime Trilogy today, a new premium three-game collection for the Wii console that bundles all three landmark Metroid Prime games onto one disc and revamps the first two installments with intuitive Wii Remote controls, wide-screen presentation and other enhancements.
Metroid Prime Trilogy will be available exclusively for Wii on Aug. 24 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
Press Release: THREE INCREDIBLE GAMES JUST GOT MORE AWESOME: METROID PRIME TRILOGY HEADS TO WII
All Three Critically Acclaimed Games Now Feature Wii Remote Controls with Enhanced Presentation and In-Game Rewards
REDMOND, Wash., May 22, 2009 - Metroid? Prime 3: Corruption set a new standard for first-person motion controls in video games. Now it's bringing those controls to the rest of the celebrated series, allowing players to experience the entire Metroid Prime story arc with the peerless precision of the Wii Remote?.
Each game maintains its original storyline and settings, but now Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes let players use their Wii Remote to aim with precision as heroine Samus Aran. Based on the breakthrough control system that debuted in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, these new Wii controls bring an entirely new level of immersion and freedom to these milestone games.
"Metroid Prime Trilogy puts the best first-person adventures all in one place, with a host of new additions that make these three timeless titles more engaging than ever," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "A great deal of care and detail has gone into Metroid Prime Trilogy, providing longtime fans with new ways to experience the games they love."
All three games now reside on a single disc. Players can access the game they want from a unified main menu that ties together all three adventures. Through a new unlockables system, players can gain access to in-game rewards such as music and artwork by accomplishing objectives across all three games.
Metroid Prime Trilogy was developed by Retro Studios and Nintendo, the same developers that created the original games for the Nintendo GameCube? and Wii systems.
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I must say, I was extremely pleased by this news. I know a fellow who worked on Metroid Prime 2 on GameCube and I've always wanted to give it a proper go-around to see their work in action. Now, this will make that process a lot easier!
Nintendo has a poor track record of going the stingy way out for customers...like the whole GBA-GC link cable thing (everyone had to buy the link cable to make it work, and it was only good for a few games) or the E-reader (add features to SMB3, but you needed TWO GBAs and a link cable? Really?). Or even the other Wii reissues.... Pikmin is $30? Wasn't that re-released as a $20 Player's Choice title... several years ago?
ANYWAY, my point is that I'm glad to see Nintendo going the route of just making the consumer happy at a totally reasonable price point. Thanks, Big N.