Critics welcome the surprise release of Metroid Prime Remastered

The modern re-release of one of the gaming industry's all-time greats was stealth dropped at the end of the February Nintendo Direct.

Just when you thought that the Nintendo Switch was out for the count, Nintendo goes ahead and gives us Metroid Prime Remastered. In one fell swoop, Nintendo silenced all the doubters that are saying that the Switch can no longer keep up.

Critics Welcome The Surprise Release Of Metroid Prime Remastered
Very few games are able to subvert a series' standard formula like Metroid Prime and get away with it.

The the original Metroid Prime, which came out for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2002, got a fresh coat of paint just as Nintendo began ramping up the production of its supposedly aging handheld console.

The best part is that Metroid Prime Remastered came out within the same day as it was announced, much to the delight of the fans.

The Metroid Prime Remastered trailer showed off impressive visuals and, perhaps more importantly, an updated dual-stick control scheme, which addresses one of the few "shortcomings" of the classic reinvention of the Metroid franchise. Even if the new control scheme should cater to modern audiences, other control scheme options, including one that mimics the original, are all still in Metroid Prime Remastered.

Just in case you've already bought Metroid Prime for the GameCube or Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii before and you think that Metroid Prime Remastered isn't worth an extra $39.99 to play on the Nintendo Switch, reviewers beg to differ.

Here's a round-up of the reviews of Metroid Prime Remastered:

The release of Metroid Prime Remastered confirms two things: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom won't be the last AAA game for the Nintendo Switch and fans likely won't have to wait for the next Nintendo console for Metroid Prime 4.

Metroid Prime Remastered and the upcoming Breath of the Wild sequel prove that the Switch still has plenty of gas left in the tank.

Critics Welcome The Surprise Release Of Metroid Prime Remastered
Metroid Prime Remastered visually looks like what Metroid Prime would in your dreams.

On the off chance that Metroid Prime 4 needs more polishing, we're pretty sure Nintendo can pull off the same trick twice (if not thrice) and give us similarly well-crafted remastered experiences of the other two Metroid Prime titles. Although we haven't heard rumors that the remasters of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption are happening, the positive reception to Metroid Prime Remastered should give Nintendo a reason to revisit two of the best Metroid games ever.

Ray Ampoloquio
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