|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Retro Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 24, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Sounds in Metroid Prime Trilogy are presented in high fidelity. The classic Metroid tunes, like most iconic Nintendo franchises, have the ability to instill wonderment and a sense of accomplishment with short musical phrases made of a few notes. Furthermore, ambient sound effects from creatures and your weaponry are perfectly attuned to the action on the screen. On the other hand, voice work has always been sparse in the series; reading lines of text from scanned data entries rules the day. Although, Metroid Prime: Corruption often bucks the silent trend. Still, Metroid Prime Trilogy is no Oblivion or Fable II to say the least.
One thing players will notice in Metroid Prime Trilogy is that there is a definite attempt to make it appeal to casual gamers. This is evidenced by the fact that two difficulty settings have been included in all three games: Normal and Veteran. While an Easy setting is conspicuously not present, the Normal mode is practically a misnomer - anyone who wants to experience the trilogy should be able to do so quite easily via this setting. Also, strategically positioned save points further temper the challenge. That being said, core players who want a more combat-intensive game must look to Veteran in order to get the true Metroid experience.
Metroid Prime Trilogy does include a local multiplayer game. The four-player competitive feature from Metroid Prime: Echoes will allow you and three other friends to duke it out to see who the king of the couch is. Unfortunately, the addition of this local multiplayer offering is as lackluster as it was when it released in 2004. While its inclusion is a must in order to remain true to the series' second release, I don't think gamers will log very many hours in it.
This leads me to my biggest (and practically only) complaint: there is not enough original content in this release. I would have loved to have seen an online multiplayer component added to the mix. For instance, if Metroid Prime: Hunters (though not a Retro Studios creation) would also have been included - at least the multiplayer portion or some variant of it - it might have made the Metroid Prime Trilogy's purchase more amenable to long-time fans. In the end, returning gamers are left with three excellent games they've likely already played to death.
Despite this glaring issue, Metroid Prime Trilogy is a great release. Any Wii owner who has not played these games simply must go out and pick it up. If you're a returning fan, you may be disappointed with the lack of bonus / original content. Still, the widescreen presentation and the motion controls do breathe a significant amount of life back into the titles. As such, this is likely a must-buy for any Nintendo fan, regardless. Having access to all three games on one disc is a luxury you probably can't afford to pass up.
CCC Editor / News Director