Metroid Prime Remastered is out now on Nintendo Switch and it looks great

There’s been a shadow drop for the long-awaited remaster of GameCube classic Metroid Prime, although the physical edition isn’t till March.

The rumours of a remaster of Metroid Prime almost feel as old as the game itself but they’ve finally come true and the game is now available to buy digitally via the Nintendo eShop.

Although Nintendo is no stranger to the occasional shadow drop, for smaller titles, unusually the physical version of the game won’t be released until March 3 – for no obvious reason.

The second the game was announced, as part of the most recent Nintendo Direct, the eShop went down but it’s back up as we write this, with the remaster listed as costing £34.99.

The original Metroid Prime was a cast iron classic – one we would’ve given a 10/10 score at the time – and this remaster looks very good, especially considering the original is now over 21 years old.

There doesn’t seem to be any new content planned, but the remaster will feature a range of optional control systems, including the original single stick method and a more modern dual stick set-up.

There have been so many rumours about a Metroid Prime remaster because the theory is that it, and possibly remasters of the two other games, were completed long ago and Nintendo were just waiting for the right time to release it.

The new question is why did they think now was the right time? The prevailing theory is that they were waiting to release it relatively close to the launch of Metroid Prime 4 but there was absolutely nothing in the Nintendo Direct to imply that was imminent.

However, there was also no real insight on any games after Pikmin 4 in July, so it’s hard to even guess what might be happening with the long-awaited sequel.

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