Nintendo recycles Metroid Prime trilogy for the Wii

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Chicago (IL) - Nintendo has confirmed that a single-disc version of the classic Metroid Prime Trilogy will be available on August 24 for $50. Although each game is expected to maintain its original storyline, Metroid Prime and Prime 2 gunslingers can now use their Wii remotes to line up precise shots and eliminate deadly enemies.

According to Nintendo, the new Wii controls are based on the "breakthrough control system" that debuted in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

"Metroid Prime Trilogy puts the best first-person adventures all in one place, with a host of new additions that make these three timeless titles more engaging than ever," spun Nintendo spokesperson Cammie Dunaway. "A great deal of care and detail has gone into Metroid Prime Trilogy, providing longtime fans with new ways to experience the games they love."

The Metroid Prime Trilogy was created by Retro Studios and Nintendo, the same developers who designed the original series for the GameCube and Wii systems.

Metroid Prime, defined by Nintendo as a first person-adventure title, was released in November 2002. In Prime, players control a female bounty hunter known as Samus Aran, who battles space pirates and nefarious biological experiments on the planet Tallon IV.

Prime is set in a large, open-ended world with various regions linked by elevators. Each region offers a set of rooms separated by doors that can be opened with a single, precise shot. Gameplay is focused on solving puzzles, platform jumping and shooting enemies with the assistance of a "lock-on" mechanism.

Samus is assisted in her missions by an innovative heads-up display (HUD) that offers access to radar, a map, ammunition for missiles, health meter, danger meter and a health bar. Displays can be radically altered by wearing different visors, including models that provide thermal imaging, x-ray vision and a scanner to pinpoint enemy weaknesses.