Metroid Prime is back on the radar for Nintendo Switch fans as the trilogy is rumored to be coming in June 2020.
According to Nintendo Insider, Swedish retailer Inet listed a remastered version of the Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Switch with a release date fore June 19, 2020. Of course, the information should be taken with a grain of salt as the page has since been removed by Inet.
If true however, long-time fans of the series can enjoy Samus Aran’s first-person shooter mechanics anywhere. The series has also been known for its derelict setting, complex bosses and platforming in tight corridors. It was also the galactic bounty hunter’s mainline 3D appearance which also gave Nintendo a footnote in the FPS genre. The trilogy was originally released for the Nintendo Wii in 2009, bundling all three games together in one package.
It makes sense for the Prime Trilogy to eventually make its way onto the Nintendo Switch console following the announcement of Metroid Prime 4 in 2017. However, the initial project was scrapped by Nintendo after producers deemed the game not up to par with their expectations. Last year, the company announced Prime 4 would start over, with original series developers from Retro Studios taking up responsibilities again.
The Prime games also pushed the Gamecube, Wii and DS systems to the limit while rendering graphics at a targeted 60 frames per second. Having the series on the Switch could likely reduce the process load and leave enough room for the game to run smoothly on docked and portable modes at 1080p. Its online multiplayer features could also make a return, scratching a large itch left by Metroid Prime: Federation Force which tried to change the series up.
By porting Metroid Prime, Echoes and last main title Corruption (2007), Switch players would also get a chance to revisit the story before diving into the next one. We last saw Samus defeating her dark counterpart, Dark Samus as the Phazon were wiped out across the galaxy. Metroid Prime: Hunters character Sylux was also shown in a post-credits scene, suggesting he could jump from the Nintendo DS and into the Switch in a key role for Metroid Prime 4.