This is a tricky title to review. Well, in fact, it's not just one title it it? It's three. That's what Trilogy means. This collector's edition sees Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (both originally for the Nintendo GameCube) and Metroid Prime: Corruption (Wii) packaged together on one disc. In the case of the first two, the controls have been rehashed to take advantage of the Wii's Remote and 'chuk system. In the case of the third, it's piggybacking along in a set that will make Metroid fans weak at the knees.
The first two games were reviewed by NZGamer.com back when they came out, on the original black box. The latter title didn't quite get caught in the rush around its release date, so while we had a preview up early on in the piece, whatever you know about this game wasn't learned from us. That's really just a bit of background. In the words of Shania Twain, that don't impress me much. The games were universally praised (all three) for their intense action and faithful forging ahead of this beloved Nintendo franchise. In the case of Corruption, our review (had there been one) wouldn't have said anything different. Maybe it would have had some choice Kiwi phraseology in it or something. And I'm certainly not going to re-review the first two. So what do I say?
Well, let me first tell you that this collection is incredible value for money. These games are all top notch. To get all three in one go is an economical way to catch up if you've never been a fan, and just as economical a way to add to your collection if you are. To play the first two games with the same controls as were developed for Corruption is a real pleasure. They weren't rubbishy on the 'Cube or anything, but there's no denying that as Nintendo home consoles have moved through their changing seasons, they're currently enjoying something of a perpetual summer with the Wii. The one thing I don't like so much is the way you select Samus's Scan Visor. You need to look up, more or less centre the cursor and then hit the (-) button. Yeah, it's okay I suppose, but I wish that bit was a bit easier. But, that's what they'd done for Corruption, and that release is pushing three years old, so complaining about that is like calling the Wellington wind a bastard.
The collector's edition comes bundled with an insert that shows off some of the art and development notes for the Trilogy. It also includes the stories for all three games, and some general info about the series. Sure, this is just extra paper to launch some front-of-the-box promotion from, but it's actually really cool to have. This will be the sort of thing that Metroid nuts will salivate over and it's always fun to see some creative process laid bare. Extras are a staple in many forms of entertainment media now, but games often seem to be thought of as payment enough in and of themselves. It's kind of cool that Nintendo have gone the extra mile for the fans here.
Each of these games have coloured credits that can be earned to get access to more exclusive content. This is all in-game, so even if you've played these to death, it's going to be worth going through the motions one more time (and hey - Prime and Echoes really are new experiences now the controls have been redone) to see what all those goodies are.
But goodies schmoodies. This would be a fantastic buy even if it was just the three games. There are hours and hours of gameplay on this disc, awaiting your keen eye and steady hand. Or your lazy eye and shaking hand. Whatever physical state you're in, if you're a gamer, and a Wii owner, you need to buy this set. Metroid is one of those lonely franchises that waves the mature flag for Nintendo: they're not the only ones, but surely the three Prime games will destroy the argument about Kiddie Konsoles.
Long before the GameCube came out, the Metroid series was impressing gamers all over the world. They have been on almost every single Nintendo console, and like the Marios and Links of the world, Samus Aran isn't going anywhere in a hurry. Prime is great, Echoes is great, Corruption is great, and in this release gamers have been given a real treat.
Even if you own the others, go trade them in and get the collector's edition. The only downside I can see is that North American buyers are getting treated with a metal box instead of a cardboard sleeve like we get. I'm sure after another few hedonistic hours at the controls, I'll forget all about that anyway.