Unlike Mario and Zelda, Metroid Prime has so far not had any reissue or remastering of any of its first installments, although the possible launch of Metroid Prime Trilogy for Nintendo Switch has been rumored for a few months. According to a former worker at Nintendo’s Retro Studios, this will never happen due to the complexity of adapting the classic controls.
Michael Wikan, senior designer at Retro Studio during the three Metroid Prime installments, says it would be difficult to adapt the games, especially moving Wii motion control to traditional controls on Switch. (via Nintendo Everything). “I am quite skeptical that it will happen,” says the creative. “It was easy to upgrade Metroid Prime 1 and Metroid Prime 2 to motion controls, but convert Metroid Prime 3 to normal controls. it would be a herculean effortas it is very specifically written using volumetric triggers to detect movement in precise ways to make switches, and the heads are tuned to account for ease of pointing with gestures. ‘
Wikan also assures that retro Studios no longer has the necessary tools to work with the Metroid Prime 3 code, so everything would have to be programmed “by brute force” and would require four five people completely dedicated to “rebuild the hundreds of interaction sets only in Metroid Prime 3, not to mention readjusting the game to absorb the slower engagement pace of conventional controls.
At the moment there is no confirmation that Retro Studios has a remastering of the Metroid trilogy in hand, in the same way that nothing is known about Metroid Prime 4, which was presented in 2017. We will see if any of the two releases can be seen at Nintendo’s E3 2021.
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