Finally it was time again! As part of a new Nintendo Direct, the Japanese console manufacturer and publisher set the direction for the Nintendo Switch in 2023. The hybrid console saw the light of day on March 2nd, 2017 and will soon be in the seventh year of its life cycle. Since a console year corresponds to about 10 human years, the switch is already considered “old iron”. But apparently Nintendo is by no means thinking about retiring the flagship in the foreseeable future.
Nintendo Direct: Two Metroid classics are coming to the Switch
The new Nintendo Direct should have been worthwhile, especially for fans of the fantasy scifi franchise Metroid. Two classics with the apparently one-armed bounty hunter Samus Aran were announced.
Metroid II – Return of Samus brings the classic version of the 2D Metroid Vania from 1991 to Game Boy Online, Nintendo’s paid online service. Thanks to various filters you will be able to play the classic in the look of the original Game Boy, the Game Boy Pocket and the Game Boy Color.
Metroid Prime Remastered has also been announced. The new edition of the Game Cube hit from 2002 has been given revised graphics and offers various control options. However, it is disappointing that Nintendo does not offer the entire trilogy of the popular Prime series in a polished version.
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Metroid II – Return of Samus is available now as part of Nintendo Online. The digital version of Metroid Prime Remastered too. It costs a whopping $39.99 on the Nintendo eShop. Those who would rather add a physical version of the game to their collection will have to wait until Friday, March 03, 2023. Metroid Prime 4, whose development has been going on for almost seven years and was restarted in 2019, was nothing to see in the new Nintendo Direct.
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