Insider Claims Metroid Prime 2 And 3 Are Coming To Switch, But Not Fully Remastered

Nintendo dropped Metroid Prime remastered last week just after its Direct presentation, and now that our own Eric Switzer has had a chance to play it, we can confidently say that it's the remaster that fans have been waiting for. "This is the update that Prime deserved," wrote Switzer in his review, "and while I have my nitpicks, this is one of the most impressive remasters ever, and one of the best looking games on Nintendo Switch."

But if Metroid Prime got the remaster treatment, what about the rest of the Metroid Prime trilogy? According to industry insider Jeff Grubb, Metroid Prime 2 and 3 are also on the way, but they won't get quite the same overhaul as Metroid Prime Remastered.

Responding to a fan on Twitter, Grubb confirmed comments he made last summer about the upcoming remasters. "My understanding is [Metroid Prime 1]'s getting the big remaster treatment, and Metroid Prime 2 and Metroid Prime 3 are probably getting updated controls and some things like that," Grubb said, "but they're not getting quite the same overhaul that Metroid Prime 1 is getting."

There were a lot of questions surrounding the remaster as Metroid Prime 2 and 3 were released on the Wii with innovative controls that utilize the Wiimote's motion sensors. The Switch has simpler gyro controls that can accomplish similar feats as the Wiimote, but they're different hardware that would need to be adapted from the original. Metroid Prime Remastered has done that masterfully, offering players four options: classic GameCube controls, standard dual-stick controls found on most other shooters, Pointer mode (which mimics the Wii's motion controls), and a hybrid of the classic and Pointer modes.

With the controls already solved in Metroid Prime Remastered and Metroid Prime 2 and 3 not quite receiving the same visual overhaul, much of the work already seems done. On the other hand, Nintendo reportedly sat on Metroid Prime Remaster for well over a year before releasing it last week, so when we see Metroid Prime 2 and 3 might have more to do with Nintendo's release schedule than whether the games are ready.

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