It’s been almost one year and we have another rumor about Metroid Prime Trilogy for Nintendo Switch. This time from a Twitter user with a history of Nintendo leaks coming to fruition. Fans have been burnt by rumor in the past but is Metroid finally coming to Switch in HD?
The new leak
The leak comes from Twitter account LeakyPandy. Their tweet says that not only will we get Metroid Prime Trilogy next year but in two years Nintendo will release a remake of Super Metroid. Apparently this remake would be in the same style as the remake of Metroid 2: Return of Samus that was released on Nintendo 3DS as Metroid: Samus Returns. LeakyPandy has somewhat of a reputation for their accurate insider information on Nintendo news and events. Their past accurate leaks include Fortnite coming to Switch and a Banjo-Kazooie announcement at E3 2019.
Metroid Prime 4
This saga of Metroid on Switch started at E3 2017 when Nintendo announced Metroid Prime 4. There was only a logo and the message “Now in Development” but it was still a very exciting announcement for the new console. With the knowledge a new entry in the series was on the way fans became sure that Nintendo would release a HD collection of the existing trilogy on Switch. And then in 2018 the rumor mill started.
In September 2018 Geoff Keighley (The Game Awards) tweeted a photo of him and Reggie Fils-Aimé (former President, Nintendo of America). The caption read “See you in December”, alluding to Nintendo attending The Game Awards 2018 ceremony held in December. But the more interesting part of the tweet was that Fils-Aimé was wearing a Metroid t-shirt. Fans freaked out that this was hinting Metroid Prime Trilogy, or maybe Metroid Prime 4, would be shown off at The Game Awards.
Then in December 2018 a Swedish video game website inet.se posted an early listing for the HD collection of Metroid Prime Trilogy on Switch. A trilogy announcement seemed in the bag and then shortly there after we would see something of Metroid Prime 4. But nothing came.
Metroid Prime 4 delayed
In January 2019 Nintendo announced that development for Metroid Prime 4 was being restarted from scratch with a new studio. Therefore whatever release date Nintendo had been eyeing was being set back. Imran Khan (former journalist with Game Informer) tweeted an intriguing response to Nintendo’s announcement. Khan said, “Huh, I guess that explains where Metroid Prime Trilogy disappeared to”. He continued that to his knowledge the trilogy was long done and should have been announced that past December.
But the news today wasn’t only about the aforementioned trilogy but also a new, unheard of remake. The idea of a Super Metroid remake for Switch is both exciting and a little worrying for fans. Super Metroid is a much beloved game and fans don’t want to see it messed with. But hopefully Nintendo will strike the right balance of modernising a classic while maintaining its original appeal. And if they do then they will almost certainly have a winner.
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