Metroid Prime remaster rumor hints at late 2022 release date
Reportedly, Nintendo’s much-coveted Metroid Prime remaster for the Nintendo Switch is targeting a holiday 2022 release date.
Rumors about the still-unannounced Metroid Prime remaster have swirled for months on end. In November 2021, credible industry insider Emily Rogers claimed Nintendo wrapped production on the first game’s re-release over the summer.
The publisher allegedly wanted to use the remaster as a foundation upon which to build similarly upgraded experiences for Metroid Prime’s two sequels.
But despite the success of Metroid Dread and the exceptionally long wait for Metroid Prime 4’s arrival, Nintendo has yet to so much as confirm the existence of a remastered trilogy.
Metroid Prime remaster may release later this year
During the most recent episode of GiantBomb’s Game Mess Mornings, VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb claimed the first Metroid Prime is getting the “big remaster treatment.” It will, apparently, hit stores for Nintendo Switch in holiday 2022, Grubb noted.
“I can say that I’ve been told pretty definitively that Metroid Prime Remastered is going to be one of their big holiday games. In the past, this is something I’d heard was in the works…
“Now I’ve been told that their plans are to release that game this holiday, I think almost certainly to line up with the 20th anniversary in November.”
The journalist added that while Metroid Prime 2 and 3 will receive remasters, the enhancements won’t prove quite as extensive. Supposedly, Nintendo has no plans to launch re-releases for the two this year.
Grubb posits that the scattered rollouts for the three remastered projects could constitute a way for Nintendo to slowly ramp up to the eventual launch of Metroid Prime 4.
Developer Retro Studios and Nintendo shipped the original Metroid Prime for GameCube in November 2002, offering an adventure set between the events of Metroid and Metroid 2.
Two follow-up entries hit store shelves in subsequent years. However, the eagerly-anticipated fourth installment still lacks a firm due date, despite Nintendo unveiling the project at E3 2017.