Rumours of the upcoming release of the Metroid Prime Trilogy for Nintendo Switch have begun flooding in once again. This potential release has been welcomed by the gaming community and yet there’s still one big question. Will the Switch version of Metroid Prime Trilogy require Joycon motion control?
The original Metroid Prime and it’s sequel, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes launched on Nintendo GameCube in the early 2000’s. The GameCube did not offer motion-control input, and thus used a traditional control pad. The third title, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, launched on the Wii and used the Wii Remote’s pointer function as standard.
Since then a repackaged Metroid Prime Trilogy launched on Nintendo Wii including all three titles. This release added motion controls to the original two games. The first two titles also released in Japan as part of the New Play Control! series of GameCube to Wii ports.
The motion control scheme initially received acclaim, but that changed once the novelty factor wore off. The Nintendo Switch covers both these bases by offering analogue stick and motion control input as standard, but also retains the Pro Controller option.
Given the history of the series the most plausible situation would be that the Nintendo Switch versions of the games offer both motion controls and a traditional control scheme. There is currently no sign either way and is unlikely to be confirmed until Nintendo themselves reveal it.
There’s very little information concerning the finer details of the Nintendo Switch version of the Metroid Prime Trilogy. In fact, while the release remains a rumour it is one that has been circulating for quite some time, and the Nintendo Switch release schedule looks rather bare for the remainder of 2020 so the likelihood of the package arriving soon is high. Especially when considering the delay in the release of Metroid Prime 4.
What are your thoughts on motion controls for the Metroid Prime games? Would you like to see both options in a Nintendo Switch release? Or do you stand by your more traditional control schemes? Let us know in the comments below!