While Retro Studios continues to work on Metroid Prime 4, rumours have persisted for years claiming that the studio has a nearly complete and working version of the original Metroid Prime Trilogy adapted for the Switch. One ex-Retro dev has weighed in on the rumour, claiming that porting the trilogy “would take a lot of effort.”
Michael Wikan served as a senior designer on all three Metroid Prime titles, as well as Donkey Kong Country Returns. As reported by NintendoEverything, in response to one fan expressing their desire to play the original Metroid Trilogy on Switch, Wikan said “That would take a lot of effort, so I am pretty skeptical it will happen.”
He further explained the effort it would take to port the games, saying “It was straightforward to update MP1 and 2 to motion controls, but converting MP3 to normal controls would be a herculean effort, as it is scripted very specifically.”
Not only that, but according to Wikan “Retro no longer has functional editor tools to work with the Prime code base, so everything has to be ‘brute force’ hard coded” making the task even harder.
That being said , it is not impossible, and so it will be interesting to see whether the Metroid Prime Trilogy does eventually make its way to Switch, and what changes need to be made in order to make it happen.
KitGuru says: What do you think of Wikan’s skepticism? Do you think it will come to Switch? When do you expect to see Metroid Prime 4 next? Let us know down below.