More maps today! Metroid II's maps section has two new flavours of maps, one updated from an existing map courtesy of Shane Carter, and a second new one built on the foundations of Zeric's amazing SR388-charting efforts of the entire game (check out the original - and quite staggering - maps at VGMaps). That now just leaves Metroid Prime Hunters on the cartographing to-do list, which I'm sure we'll get around to doing someday.
It's out! The best compilation of the year arrives in North America today with the release of Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Nintendo Wii. Whether you've already played the Prime trilogy to pieces with the individual titles or jumped on the ride with Metroid Prime 3, this package is an amazing deal.
The official Metroid website has a very pretty makeover to help celebrate - swing by to enjoy the hype. The European release is set for September 4, 2009, and an Australian release date is looking fairly good at October 15, 2009 (sadly it looks as though PAL regions are missing out on the metal tin case).
Apart from the Wii controls, widescreen presentation and new Corruption-esque unlockable bonuses system, there's probably a ton of small tweaks and differences in the remakes of Prime 1 and 2, so over time I hope to document them here - if anyone notices any differences in the NTSC version of the trilogy to the GameCube versions, please let me know, as I'll be waiting to pick up the PAL version of the game mid-October. Enjoy the ride (again)!
Who's up for some behind-the-scenes material? A recent update on the Nintendo Channel features the Retro Studios - Developer's Voice video, a deeper look at the upcoming Metroid Prime Trilogy with interviews from Michael Kelbaugh, Mike Wikan, Brian Walker, Kensuke Tanabe and Risa Tabata.
They reveal a few new interesting points of the Trilogy, like improved textures, faster loading times (doors open faster now) and minor tweaks to boss encounters (no specific details however - is the painful Spider Guardian now easier to deal with?). They also hint that it's ultimately up to the fans if we've truly seen the end of Dark Samus and Phazon in Metroid Prime 3...
This is a fantastic look at the making of the trilogy in general, so be sure to check out the video below!
The team at Metroid Metal have also been hard at work on a new fan-service album called Varia Suite, check out the preview below! They'll be performing live at this year's PAX on September 8, 2009 - check out their website for more info.
Special thanks also goes to Shane Carter for sending through an updated map for Metroid II!
Were you hoping that save game files from the stand-alone Metroid Prime 3 game would work with its twin version in Metroid Prime Trilogy? Here's the answer from Retro:
"Due to the way the game data is allocated for production and the changes that we made in the source code, we were unfortunately unable to carry over the save file compatibility from MP3 to Trilogy."
Ah well, that does inevitably make sense and it sure wouldn't hurt experiencing the game again with the rest of the trilogy.
Players in the UK are also set to receive a bonus incentive - the first 5000 people to register their copy of the Metroid Prime Trilogy at the Nintendo of Europe website will receive a copy of the original NES Metroid on Virtual Console for a snazzy cost of 0 points! Apparently this is only valid for long-time Metroid fans who have registered at least one copy of an original Prime game in the past as well. Will this offer extend to any other part of the world? Only time will tell. By now it appears that with the ongoing availability of Metroid on the good old VC, the first Metroid Prime won't have the original game bundled as a bonus anymore (although the Fusion suit should still have a home there). Special thanks to Nintendo Life for the news!
The trilogy releases in Europe on September 4, 2009, shortly after the North American release on August 24. EB Games Australia is also flagging a local release for October 15 - so not a bad release schedule from Nintendo. Can we see something like this next year for Metroid: Other M?
We also now have local copies of the pair of Metroid Prime Trilogy trailers, so step through to watch the UK version and the US version - just watch out for spoilers of final bosses showing their faces in the trailers!
The Metroid Prime Trilogy is only two weeks from release on August 24! To help prepare for the best compilation of the year, I've completed work on the maps for Metroid Prime 3's seven worlds. This finally rounds out the maps project for the trilogy, and boy am I happy to see it finished.
Screenshots and artwork have also been circulating around the web for the new trilogy, so I'll be adding those to their respective galleries whenever I can find unwatermarked versions. Check out the collections so far:
Don't forget the gorgeous artwork! (special thanks to GoNintendo for the latest batch! - some of these are just asking for wallpaper versions, so hopefully in the not-too-distant future we'll have some available)
Lastly, the Metroid Database has featured a number of fan-made Samus figurines recently - these are some fantastic pieces, it would be superb to see them officially made and prodcued in vast quantities - check them out!