Metroid Prime Remastered was one of the big surprises of yesterday's Nintendo Direct (it wasn't the only one, you can check out all the announcements here). Retro Studios' game, one of the pinnacles of the shooter genre, confirmed its return at the event, and while it will not return with the rest of the trilogy as it was rumored, it will come with a proper facelift. After remasters like Skyward Sword, the last thing we expected was for Nintendo to make a stellar comeback for Samus that combines the words remaster and remake in one.
This new version of the game, which is already available on the eShop for $39.99 (and will even be available in a physical version on March 3rd), has received the seal of approval from the YouTube video game analyst Analista de Bits, who has once again done an excellent job and in less than 24 hours has already given us a comparison with the GameCube and Nintendo Wii Metroid Prime. In his own words, we are "closer to a remake than a remaster".
Among the improvements in Metroid Prime Remastered are new textures, geometry improvements, a lighting system not seen in the originals, post-processing effects, and even improved physics. With resolutions of 900p and 60fps in dock mode and 612p and 60fps in handheld mode, the frame rate is solid and stable at all times, and it even supports a total of 4 types of controls to suit everyone's tastes. "It's one of the best remasters I've tried (and probably the best), with excellent performance and quality," explained the Analista. "If we add that Metroid Prime is a masterpiece, it's a must-have."
Let's keep our fingers crossed that the recently announced remasters of Baten Kaitos 1 and 2 will be as good as this game.