The Metroid Prime games are some of the best games available. The first Metroid Prime was one of the games I listed as a must-own for GameCube lovers/Wii owners who are looking for good cheap games. Metroid Prime 2 is also excellent but for different reasons. Metroid Prime 3 pushed the Wii to its limits and for that I applaud it.
Now you can get all three games bundled together in one handy package for the Wii. So should you take advantage of the deal?
There are two things to consider with this purchase. First, do you own any of the three already? If you own Metroid Prime 3 and no others, no, it’s cheaper to find the other two games by themselves. If you own just MP1 or 2, then yes, it is worth trading in and trading up for the full package. If you own MP1 and 2, you have a choice there but it’ll come down to whether you prefer the play control from MP1 and 2 or if you like the motion controls from MP3.
Secondly, the only updated feature for the Metroid Prime Trilogy package is that all three games use the same gameplay from MP3, makes full usage of the Wii’s motion controls. Personally, I prefer the lock-on style of the first games, plus I already own all three titles.
Is there anything new for someone who already bought the games when they came out? Other than a nice collector’s case, no. In fact, the older games are demonstrating a dip in quality regarding their graphics. Somehow these older games look worse in the re-release on a better system. That…that doesn’t make sense. I’m calling shenanigans on that.
Honestly though, if you haven’t had the chance to play any of the three games, this is a definite purchase. Samus Aran is a bounty hunter that has tasked herself with finding and destroying every single Metroid in the galaxy with Metroid Prime taking her to an extinct planet infected by Phazon.
The story for the three games is told via data scanned into your files, allowing you to experience as much or as little of a plot as you’d like. The narrative never gets in the way of spotless action and exploration. Yes, you will have to endure far more backtracking than you’d like, but if you can get past that you have one of the best game trilogies around.
The Metroid Prime Trilogy is out now for $49.99.