Review / Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)

For the past week I’ve had one goal: play through as much of the Metroid Prime Trilogy as possible. I had planned to rip open the packaging and plow through two of the best GameCube games and one of the best Wii games ever made. Then I saw the packaging. How was I supposed to rip through that? For one it’s made of metal and for two it’s made of awesome.

There’s some fantastic gaming in that sexy container all right, but we all already knew that. So let’s take a look at what might give you a reason to pick these games up again. Of course if you haven’t played the games there’s plenty of reason to get the the trilogy as you’ll be getting three awesome games for the price of one and all of them fit together into one story, giving one really big massive game. Follow me after the jump to see what makes Metroid Prime Trilogy a must have for both those who haven’t played the games and those who have.

This review is going to consist of a look at how great this special edition of Metroid Prime Trilogy really is, especially for the low price of $50. First I’ll take some time to talk about the new gameplay features as well as make a few comments on previous criticisms of the game.

To start, the new Wii Remote controls that have been worked into Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime: Echoes work like a charm just like they did (and do) in Metroid Prime: Corruption. Sadly, the previous two games were not designed around the Wii Remote’s controls, but instead the unique FPS controls of the Prime series. While for the most part this doesn’t change much it does make some of the more “strafe and dodge” enemies and bosses and bit easier to tackle than they should be. However, in many other ways the new controls make the game better as platforming and aiming are far easier. The game’s presentation has been updated, though the graphics have not. There are even transitions into the games with Samus shooting her blaster in whatever armor you have on at the time in the game. It’s the little touches like this that make the collector’s edition special.

For those who haven’t played and have been wary because of the repeated complaints that the game has too much backtracking; it’s Metroid, that’s the point. The world is created by the fact that you have to explore it over and over again, finding new ways to get new places. It’s one of the best features of the game as it actually creates a world instead of simply leading you through levels. It’s also one of the most impressive and varied worlds to explore in gaming. The Metroid series has some of the greatest world’s to explore too and the addition of widescreen makes it all the better. Plus the music… wow.

But that’s enough of me gushing over the series, let’s talk about the stuff you might be thinking about purchasing.

There hasn’t been a Nintendo packaging/special edition this sweet since the gold cartridge. The games come in a stylish metal container that, as you can see above, portrays a blueish Samus in a few very stylish poses. The back (above) is really the star as any Samus fan would get a little excited seeing that image. The best part is that all the text and in-game images that usually clutter up box art is on a slip that can be easily removed.

Once you open the box it gets a bit more exciting. This isn’t night vision goggles or batarang exciting, but it also doesn’t cost as much and it is pretty exciting, especially if you are Metroid fan. The instruction manual is well put together and in full sexy color, but it’s really the well made art book that catches the eye. It features unreleased art from the series and a recap of Prime’s entire plot line, which actually helps immensely in tying together the three games which came out many years apart originally (playing through all three also helps). Again, great for any fan of the Metroid series. Sadly the pamphlet doesn’t go into too much detail on plot outside of the Prime series. The whole package really makes you wish that it wasn’t just the Prime games that were on the disc and instead the entire series. Some day, maybe.

Of course three classic games for the price of one is one of the best deals since The Orange Box so we can’t complain too much. If you haven’t played the Prime games this is a must buy, if you already have it’s a great collector’s item and should get you plenty excited for Metroid Other M.