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Metroid Prime Trilogy HD Rumors May Be Just For The First Game

By Dean James

September 23, 2021

One of the most prevalent Nintendo rumors over the last few years has been surrounding the existence of a Metroid Prime Trilogy HD collection for Nintendo Switch, but now it sounds like we may not be getting the full trilogy after all, at least at one time.

These rumors really date back a few years to The Game Awards, when it was leaked by some prominent insiders that Nintendo was going to be revealing Metroid Prime Trilogy HD.

This made a lot of sense at the time since we knew Metroid Prime 4 was coming, but a new report sheds some doubts on that actually happening.

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What Is Metroid Prime Trilogy?

The Metroid Prime series debuted on Nintendo GameCube back in 2002 and changed the game for the Metroid franchise by moving to a first person perspective.

This was followed by two sequels, one for GameCube and one for Nintendo Wii as well in the subsequent years.

Eventually, Nintendo released what was known as Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii, which included all three games in the package. They didn’t just stop there though, as they redid the first two games to have the same Wii Remote controls as the third game, really making this the definitive way to play the series up to this point.

When the combined trilogy was originally released, it became a collector’s item pretty quickly due to its rarity. However, this became much more readily available to get when it was added to the Wii U eShop for purchase digitally like many other Wii titles.

With the use of the Joy-Cons on Nintendo Switch, it made total sense for the game to get an HD port to the latest Nintendo platform that could include both motion controls and reworked controls for use with something like the Pro Controller.

While this was expected a few years ago, there has never been any sort of official confirmation of the collection coming to Nintendo. The thought by many though was that Nintendo was just holding off on the collection to release it closer to the launch of the delayed Metroid Prime 4, which we still have no idea truly how far away it is.

Metroid Prime HD Only Instead Of The Trilogy?

Mention of the Metroid Prime Trilogy HD collection has been pretty quiet over the last year or more even from insiders, but now it sounds like Nintendo might be taking another route.

This information comes from the fairly reliable Nintendo insider Emily Rogers on her Twitter, who said the following after someone listed Metroid Prime Trilogy HD as a prediction for the upcoming September Nintendo Direct.

After all the rumors about the trilogy and insiders saying it has been done and is basically sitting on the shelf waiting for release for a couple of years now, it’s very interesting to hear that Nintendo is busy working on the first game.

One would think that would mean they are looking to celebrate the first game specifically, but you wouldn’t think they would leave out the other two entirely.

Maybe this means Metroid Prime itself is getting a much more intense remaster or remake as we saw with Halo Anniversary Collection years ago, while the other two games could be released in more standard HD remaster form.

Like most insiders, Rogers does not have a perfect track record either, so this could just be some misinformation that got fed to her along the way as well.

At this point, until Nintendo actually gives us any information about Metroid Prime Trilogy HD or Metroid Prime HD, we won’t really know what they have planned.

Perhaps that answer will come during the September Nintendo Direct, though it’s probably likely that would be saved for next year since they said they are focusing on games for the rest of this year specifically.

In the meantime, we have Metroid Dread to look forward to on Nintendo Switch in just a few weeks on October 8.

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Dean James
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Dean has been a lifelong gamer ever since he got an SNES as his first game system and has continued to stay passionate about gaming ever since. He has always had a soft spot for most anything Nintendo, especially related to The Legend of Zelda and Mario series. Beyond that, he loves a variety of different games across all platforms, ranging from RPGs like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts to sports titles like MLB The Show.

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