Thanks to the success of Metroid Dread, Samus Aran and her rogues gallery of intergalactic threats are once again in the public consciousness. Of course, a side effect of that is a reminder that it has literally been years since Metroid Prime 4 was teased, and we’ve received next to nothing on the 3D Metroid front since then. However, while Prime 4 is still a distant dream, we may be receiving the next best thing in the near future: a remaster of the original Metroid Prime. So, when does the Metroid Prime remaster release?
I’ll tell you right off the bat, we don’t know. In the first place, this remaster is still squarely in “rumor” territory. Nintendo hasn’t even confirmed it exists, to say nothing of a potential release date. So, I’m sure you’re wondering, why does anyone think this remaster is even coming out? Well, because a certain industry insider said so, and given her track record, we’re inclined to believe her.
When does the Metroid Prime Remaster Release?
According to one Emily Rogers, a video game industry insider with a history of correctly predicting Nintendo leaks, Nintendo has been secretly working on a Switch remaster of the entire Metroid Prime trilogy, and the work on the remaster of the first game wrapped over the summer.
“I’m pretty confident Metroid Prime 1 wrapped up development over the summer,” Rogers said on her personal Twitter, “I hope we still see the entire trilogy on Switch. But Prime 1 is clearly finished.”
“Work on Metroid Prime 1 remaster started around 2017-18. Original plan was to develop & release Prime 1 first. Then use Prime 1’s foundation (engine, tools, assets) to re-create Prime 2 + 3 later. Nobody knows if plans were changed/axed after Covid.”
So while we don’t know when this remaster existed (or for sure if it exists), odds seem good that there is something in the pipeline. I know for a fact Nintendo knows how much we all want more Prime, so it would make sense to release while the wait for Prime 4 continues.