Excerpt: I agree with Matt when he says Nintendo's franchise updates have been ahead of the curve. As noted, keeping the good parts and reinventing what doesn't work really is the "secret" to making it happen. Nintendo's not the only company to successfully pull off revamping a classic, but they certainly have a higher rate of success than most. However, I fully expected their winning streak to end in a big way when it came to Metroid .
Excerpt: by Mike Campa How do you bring a 2d sc-fi platformer/shooter built strongly around the mechanic of item collection and exploration into the modern era of 3d gaming? You turn it into a first person shooter, of course. And when Metroid fans heard this was the route fledgling developer Retro Studios was taking with their beloved franchise, there was an audible collective groan heard amongst the gaming community.
Summary: Metroid Prime has been the biggest highlight of the GameCube to date followed closely by Eternal Darkness. The sheer amount of effort, time and detail put into the game pushes this game into the record books as one of the most outstanding games visibly, audibly and in gameplay. The gameplay is second to none and the migration to 3D in first person perspective is done very well, I did however find at points that the screen felt overcrowded with the visor display on screen...
Conclusion: In my book this game is better than Halo and Nintendo needed games like this to attract the 20 something market to their small purple toy like but powerful game system. This would be a damn fine choice as a first Gamecube game and PC and Xbox players should spend some time playing this game before they write off the Nintendo Gamecube as a kids toy. It respects the old game and causes me to be optimistic about US based video game development.
Excerpt: An explosion ripples the deck plates, as the station shudders through fire and smoke. A Pirate falls to the ground, a horrible crunch resounding as his shoulder hits the deck. The smoke clears, and an armored figure steps through the debris, the figure\'s face shrouded in a red helmet that supplies the figure oxygen. This figure is Samus Aran. Metroid Prime is a gripping sci-fi thriller with a bit of a twist.
Excerpt: The Metroid games just weren't that popular in the land of the rising sun, that’s why it’s been so long since we’ve gotten the pleasure of playing as the shoulder pad-enhanced vixen Samus Aran. Apparently, Texas-based developer Retro Studios just couldn’t stand it anymore and set out (and succeeded) at making the best Metroid experience ever (in the world).
Excerpt: It's been more than 15 years since Samus Aran made her video game debut on the NES, and she's come a very long way. From the NES to the SNES and Game Boy, and finally to our Gamecubes and Game Boy Advances. Her new adventure on the Gamecube takes you into a whole new perspective, allowing you to peer through her visor into an entire new world of gameplay. And this world is absolutely fantastic to look at.