It’s been part of the rumour mill for quite some time now, but a Metroid Prime 1 remaster may become a reality sooner than later. Less than a day before a Nintendo Direct Mini showcase, a new report has surfaced that the long-awaited title is primed for a Nintendo Switch release later this year.
According to games journalist Jeff Grubb on Giant Bomb’s Game Mess Mornings show, an updated version of Metroid Prime 1, referred to as Metroid Prime Remastered, was “pretty definitively” lined up as one of Nintendo’s “big holiday games” for 2022.
“In the past, this is something I’d heard was in the works,” he explained, “they have things happening with that game. Now I’ve been told that their plans are to release that game this holiday – I think almost certainly to line up with the 20th anniversary in November.”
The Switch versions of Metroid Prime 2 and 3 are also understood to be “pretty much done,” with a release slated for “later along the road”. However, it seems only the first entry will be getting the remaster treatment: the sequels, Grubb noted, may be getting updated controls, but not “quite the same overhaul”.
With the launch of Metroid Dread last year, fans are certainly enjoying this blast from the past. The timings match up as well — Metroid Prime 3 was released 15 years ago, so it’s about time for fans to enjoy a refresher. There’s also the long-gestating Metroid Prime 4 title (which has roped in God of War‘s senior designer) in development over at Retro Studios, but a release date has yet to be announced since its announcement at E3 2017.
Considering how the company does have a third-party showing for the Direct showcase at 9pm tonight (GMT+8), it’s likely more news and updates on the games will be officially unveiled then.