With the release of the Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii U, now seemed like as good a time as any to branch out into some other Nintendo games and bring you a bunch of facts from not 1 Metroid game, not 2 Metroid games but facts from all 3 games in the Metroid Prime Trilogy. So sit back, try not to get attacked by metroids or space pirates and enjoy some video game facts yall!

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Metroid Prime Facts

*During early development of Metroid Prime, a gorilla enemy with 4 arms was part of the game. Thought to be planned as the boss of the ice area, Nintendo removed the Gorilla after the early models supposedly looked too RPGish and didn’t fit with the Metroid theme.

Also scrapped during development was this odd flying insect styled enemy. Some people have speculated that this guy was either going to be a boss somewhere in the game or he might have actually been an early design for the aerial pirates.

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*Kraid was set to return in Metroid Prime and his character model was even fully finished! However due to time constraints and a pressing release date it was decided that Kraid wasn’t imperative enough to the project to risk polishing the Boss fight if it meant pushing back the release date.

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*Hiding unused in the games data is this scan image of what appears to be a Shinesparking Samus. An interview with Retro studios reveals that they considered adding the Shinespark and the Speed Booster but after having difficulties adding them to the game the idea was scrapped.

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*If you had a completed Game Boy Advance game of Metroid fusion, a link cable for your Game Cube and had also completed Metroid prime, you could unlock Samus’ original Fusion Suit for play in Metroid Prime. It doesn’t actually add any benefits though, it just looks shiny.

*A cool little attention to detail here by the game devs. Next time you are using the X-Ray visor try switching beam types. The hand symbols seen on the icons for each beam show the gesture Samus must make inside her suit to actually activate the different beam types.

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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

*We can thank Tony Giovannini from Retro Studio’s for starting the ball rolling with Metroid Prime 2’s development. This level designer pitched quite a different game to the final “Echoes” we received. The game pitched was dubbed “Metroid 1.5” and involved Samus being abducted by an alien spaceship and then having to fight schizophrenic AI! The pitch also included a more intense multiplayer version and from the look of these early sketches you can’t help but wonder how this game would have turned out!

*If you ever struggled to beat the Boost Guardian don’t feel too bad. The game’s senior director of development, Bryan Walker, has claimed that he himself could only defeat the Guardian with the use of the Games Debug mode.

*Way back in 2005, one of the early demos of the Wii featured a re-made version of Metroid Prime 2. Of the 8 demos available at the time it was the first to incorporate the Wii’s Nunchuck and actually took a single developer 2 months to complete ready to demo at the Tokyo Game Show.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

*Metroid Prime 3 Corruption preview trailers depicted these blueprints for what the game refers to as “a future Aurora Unit complex”. Whilst these initially look like plain old regular Galactic Federation blueprints, the layout is pretty much identical to Mother Brain’s chambers in Tourian from Super Metroid on the SNES.

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*Back in 2005 there were rumors flying around of the development of a side scrolling Metroid called “Metroid Dread”. It was revealed later that this game was planned but was then cancelled, however Metroid Prime 3 does acknowledge the game or perhaps adds fuel to the rumour of it’s release. When you scan a computer screen the game gives you the message “Experiment status report update: Metroid project ‘Dread’ is nearing the final stages of completion.”

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*Corruption was the first of the trilogy to use a lot of voice acting to immerse you in the game. The majority of the actors weren’t well known, however die hard Anime fans might recognize the voice of Christopher Sabat who voices Rundas. Sabat is probably best known for his voice work in Dragon Ball Z and GT where he voices Vegeta and Piccolo.

*Try playing Metroid Prime 3 with some different save game files in your Wii’s memory! Different games can give you different bumper stickers on your ship! These games include Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Paper Mario, The legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Wario Ware: Smooth moves and more!

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