Though Nintendo brought a nice Metroid surprise out of the blue last month with its debut footage of Metroid Dread, some fans were expecting a port of Metroid Prime Trilogy to be announced.
Well, they might just get their wish.
On the latest episode of the Giant Bomb show (as reported by VGC), renowned journalist Jeff Grubb revealed that Nintendo actually completed development of Trilogy for Nintendo Switch some time ago, and it’s just waiting for the “right time” to release it on the platform.
“The game is done and Nintendo is holding it. Whether or not Nintendo releases it now or later depends on other factors,” Grubb explained. “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.”
He continued, “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.”
So what does this mean exactly? Well, possibly that Nintendo could sit on the game until Metroid Prime 4 gets closer to release. Or, who knows, it could get a surprise debut during the arrival of Metroid Dread, which is set to arrive on October 8th on the Nintendo Switch.
For now, you can still enjoy the game on both the Wii and Wii U. And we highly suggest getting back into it. Check out the trailer below!
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