Metroid fans this year at E3 got a pleasant surprise when Metroid Dread was announced. They never thought a day would come when they would be waiting on not one, but two new Metroid games. With still no gameplay information on Metroid Prime 4, it’s still a long way off. However, a Metroid Prime Trilogy port for Switch is supposedly on the way.
Metroid Prime Trilogy is supposedly ready to go
According to industry insider, Jeff Grubb, a Switch port of Metroid Prime Trilogy is ready to go. Nintendo is simply deciding on the best time to release it.
“The game is done and Nintendo is holding it… whether or not Nintendo releases it now or later depends on other factors… I think that game is sitting in their pocket for whenever Nintendo decides it’s the right time, and Nintendo’s done this a lot recently so it’s not unusual, it’s not a sign of some bad thing happening, it’s not a sign of a lack of faith in Metroid… Nintendo can afford [to sit on it] and that’s how they’re treating it.”
“I think a big problem for Nintendo for quite some time during the pandemic was QA… I think Nintendo was focusing its quality assurance resources on one or two big projects at a time and that meant that some games that were basically finished were sitting on the side, while they had their lockdown secure QA processes focused on one or two more important games… Japan is still dealing with these issues so I don’t think those processes are going to open up any time soon.”
“The other factor for Metroid Prime Trilogy is that it’s definitely going to be a marketing beat for Metroid Prime 4, almost certainly. So right now we’re getting Metroid Dread this year and then I would imagine that Metroid Prime trilogy is something they’ll release close to the release of Metroid Prime 4, whenever that is.”
Former developer on Metroid Prime on possibility of a port
A few months ago, Michael Wikan stated that a port of Metroid Prime 3 would “take a lot of effort.”
Michael Wikan worked on the games prior to his departure from Retro Studios in 2011. Although he is skeptical on the prospect, it is not an impossible feat.
He has stated that it will simply be a matter of how much Nintendo is willing to put into the port. Seeing as how he hasn’t been part of the company for around a decade, they may have other methods of porting that he is now aware of.
If what Jeff Grubb, industry insider, said is true, it will be quite exciting to see a Metroid Prime Trilogy port for the Nintendo Switch in anticipation of Metroid Prime 4. The best timing is likely some time after Metroid Dread is released and before Metroid Prime 4 is released.
Keep in mind, that Nintendo themselves have not said anything about a Metroid Prime Trilogy port. So, take Grubb’s statements with a grain of salt.