It’s not every day that you look at a remastered title taking the headlines for being one of the best re-release titles, or even just new videogame releases. However, Metroid Prime Remastered as taken the limelight as a shadow-drop from Nintendo’s February Direct and has gone on to get some of the best critic scores as well as critical acclaim from the fanbase.
Coming as a fully remastered title with upgrades to graphics, controls, audio, and many more to the original Metroid Prime that was released back on the Game Cube in 2022, the remastered title has arrived more than 20 years later and is still being considered one of the best first-party release titles on the Switch. Being already available on the eShop, players are already deep within the game’s immersive world going through the original story and have expressed online that they’re having one of the best experiences in gaming.
Social media places such as Twitter have plenty of tweets looking at the comparison of the remastered title with the original, and many are looking positively towards the polish the game has received. Subreddits for Metroid also are showing an overwhelming amount of positive reception for the game from all angles, with close to no negative reviews.
Review websites have also given the game perfect or close-to-perfect scores.
For example, IGN gave it a full 10/10 score, with the verdict from Samuel Caliborn coming as the following:
Metroid Prime has been one of my favourite games for decades, but I’m still shocked that its bones are so strong. 21 years later, in 2023, Metroid Prime Remastered had to do so little beyond modernizing the controls and updating the graphics to become one of the best games you can buy once again.
Time normally takes a toll on older titles as new technology and coding improve to add further versatility and mechanics to video games, but Metroid Prime Remastered is showing the original title to have been one of the best Action-Adventure titles, with no view of gameplay regression.
Digital Foundry also listed the title as an “Essential” Switch title for Nintendo Switch users, alongside these lines:
The quality of the remastering work could well be described as a remake owing to the night and day differences and improvement delivered by the new version of the game, seemingly based on an enhanced version of Retro Studios’ internal engine. Either way, this is an essential buy for Switch users.
Nintendolife also gave a perfect 10/10 score to the title alongside these words:
Metroid Prime Remastered feels like a new benchmark in how older games can be thoughtfully revitalised for the modern age.
Gamingbible also gave a 10/10 score and Nintederos gave it a 9.5/10. Overall the title has been given solid scores throughout as it comes to its physical release tomorrow February 21st.