Metroid Prime (series)
The Metroid Prime series is a three-dimensional series starting with the series' revival in 2002, as the series did not see a release on the Nintendo 64 as fans hoped would happen. Instead, the games were released on the next two generations of video game consoles. The titles were released on two home consoles and one handheld; two on the Nintendo GameCube, two on the Nintendo DS, and two on the Wii. Metroid Prime consists of a trilogy containing the opening and closing of the Phazon saga. Another set of titles on the handheld was a game considered as a spin-off game, which was very different from the Prime series in terms of storyline, and a retelling of the first game in the series in the form of a fast-paced pinball-based game. Until Metroid: Other M, games in the Prime series were the only games taking place behind Samus's visor.
The Prime trilogy is considered the center of the Prime series. It consists of Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. These three games, along with Metroid Prime: Trilogy, a combination of the three aforementioned games, were developed by Retro Studios and Nintendo. The main focus of these games are to stop the widespread disease of Phazon Corruption and to prevent planets all over the galaxy from entering a Phazon-producing state. Samus Aran is the main protagonist in the Prime series.
Games in the Series
Metroid Prime is the predecessor to the other First Person Adventure games in the series. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002. The game takes place on the planet Tallon IV. It is known as the very first video game to be a First-Person Adventure, which does not focus on shooting enemies, but on exploring the the main setting of the game. Metroid Prime was very well received by various video game sites and is considered as the greatest Nintendo Gamecube title of all time for its very tight controls and stunning visuals.
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
The successor to the highly-acclaimed First Person Adventure, Metroid Prime. It is the second installment in the Prime series. It was released for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2004. The game takes place on the planet Aether, which is infected by Phazon, creating a hellish mirror image dubbed as Dark Aether. This is Dark Samus's first major appearance as the main antagonist of the Prime series. It is also the first Metroid Prime game in the series to feature a multiplayer function. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes received a reputation for having punishing difficulty and devilish puzzles, however still its reception was well-received.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
The final game in the Metroid Prime series and the sequel to Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. It was the first Metroid game ever to be released for the Nintendo Wii in 2007. The game's setting is mainly on the planets Norion, Bryyo, Elysia, and the source of all Phazon, Phaaze. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, like Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, accomplished a milestone as well besides being the first Metroid title to be released on the Nintendo Wii. The game revolutionized the control scheme for later First-Person Shooters on the Wii. The same controls were used in the New Play Control! versions of Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. In Metroid Prime: Trilogy, the same control scheme was used. The game was very well received for its tight controls and gameplay, but some considered it as the black sheep in the series because of the close resemblance of First-Person Shooters instead of an action-adventure game. Some video game websites criticized it because of its overly easy difficulty and lack of reliance on puzzles and that the game was very short compared to its predecessors.
Metroid Prime: Trilogy
Trilogy is the Collector's Editon of all three Metroid Prime games in the series, with the first two being ported for the Nintendo Wii in 2009. The game borrowed the controls from the New Play Control! versions of the first two Metroid Prime titles released in Japan. It also has the Multiplayer of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes with the new controls as well. The game featured concept artwork and other extras to those who purchased the package. Metroid Prime Trilogy is one of the few titles on the Nintendo Channel with a Platimum rating, indicating its replay value and its gameplay elements. The trilogy is defined as a must-own of three of the most highly-acclaimed games for their systems. The game, like the others, had good reception and included all three games into one package. Its production, however, is discontinued.
Metroid Prime Hunters
A spinoff game of the Metroid Prime series, released for the touch-screen capable handheld called the Nintendo DS. While it still incorporated qualities of the main games, some features were changed from the games. Metroid Prime Hunters takes place between Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. It is the first Metroid game ever to feature competitive online multiplayer support, and it pioneered the way for other online Nintendo DS titles to follow. It is the first Metroid title ever to feature Full Motion Video (FMV) in its cutscenes. The game was not given the same good reviews from the other games, but it was praised for its online support.
- Metroid Prime Hunters defies the words "Metroid" and "Prime" in its title. The game does not contain any Metroids as part of the main storyline in it, nor does it contain any mention to Phazon Corruption in the galaxy unlike the other three Metroid Prime installments.