Reader Review: Metroid Prime Trilogy

Reader Review: Metroid Prime Trilogy
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This review was submitted by Andrew Costanzo. If you’ve played Metroid Prime Trilogy, or just want to ask Andrew more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)

Since Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES, Metroid Prime Trilogy is perhaps the greatest game compilation Nintendo has ever offered, bringing together Metroid Primes 1, 2 and 3. Are these games worth a repurchase, or is it the same old Samus?


Three games, one disc: For the price of one new Wii game, Nintendo is giving you three of their greatest hits in one package. This is already more than your money’s worth, and that’s not including the extra features and bonus artwork they include with the game.

Improved controls: Metroid Prime 1 and 2’s shooting mechanics are now mapped to the Wii remote pointer, akin to Metroid Prime 3. Action and control of Samus is just as accurate and fluid as the 3rd iteration of the series. And that is a good thing.

Improved visuals: Metroid Prime 1 and 2 are now displayed in 16:9 widescreen and 480p resolution, with improved lighting effects. What’s not to like?

Still fun: Metroid games are known for their quality, and these games stand high even to todays standards. Some of the greatest gaming experiences are to be had in these games, and if you haven’t played them, you are missing out.


Multiplayer: Metroid Prime 2’s multiplayer mode returns the same as it was back on the Gamecube. Unfortunately, this mode is a little dated with no online, and the pointer controls aren’t as precise when you are playing splitscreen.

This isn’t much to dislike about this game. If you haven’t played the originals, this game is a must-buy. If you already have the Gamecube games, it depends on what control method you like better. I think the Wii controls alone make the games feel fun and fresh, and all the extra features are icing on the cake.

Reviewed By: Andrew Costanzo

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  • a: which is the best now the controls are all the same?
    b: are echoes’ bosses (or prime’s, but echoes were my favourite) noticeably easier?
    c: are 1&2 better in your opinion for the new controls?

    • A. 1 is the best and always will be, regardless of controls. That’s what I think anyway.

      B. I didn’t really notice a difficulty change, but now that you mention it they might have been slightly easier. However, it’s nothing drastic. They haven’t become a walk in the park or anything.

      C. Yes, definitely. I tried playing Prime 1 on Gamecube after I finished the Wii version, and I couldn’t get re-used to it.

  • To follow the format….

    Q. How did you get your hands on this before the 15th?

    Q. How many save slots/how do they even work?

    Q. Are MP3’s control layouts (D-Pad down to launch missile, etc) mapped to the first two the same way?

    Q. Can you swap tokens on-line again?

    Q. Could Nintendo have marketed this any worse than they marketed MP3?

    Q. You are a luck devil for playing this before the rest of the country.

    • I can answer those questions 😀
      1. Import from a site like Play-Asia.
      2. There are three save files, and within each there is one save file for each game.
      3. Yes, – and + select beams and visors as well.
      4. Yes, although I haven’t tried this.
      5. Possibly, I never paid attention because this was a must-purchase for me 🙂
      6. If you have Gecko or similar homebrew installed on your Wii, you can get your games before Australia too.

    • For your first and last questions, I did not import the game. I got an early copy from Nintendo a month before release for winning a Wii Sports Resort competition in Melbourne.

      Not only did I get that, I got an early copy of the new Professor Layton, Starfy, Fossil Fighters and the new Mario & Luigi RPG.

      I guess Nintendo was feeling generous and I was over the moon about it.

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