Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before — we know you’ve heard this one before. Nonetheless, here we go again: GamesBeat journalist and industry insider Jeff Grubb claimed on his Giant Bomb show GrubbSnax (paywall) that a version of Metroid Prime Trilogy for Nintendo Switch “is done and Nintendo is holding it” (via VGC). This echoes what former Game Informer reporter Imran Kahn stated way back in January 2019 when he claimed that the game had been “long done.” Perhaps Metroid Prime Trilogy has been finished with development on Switch for quite some time.
Grubb elaborated on what he knew, explaining that when this game ultimately releases is likely dependent upon a few different factors, and none of it has to do with a lack of faith in Metroid. Rather, part of it may have to do with limited quality assurance (QA) resources.
“I think a big problem for Nintendo for quite some time during the pandemic was QA,” said Grubb. He went on to say, “I think Nintendo was focusing its quality assurance resources on one or two big projects at a time and that meant that some games that were basically finished were sitting on the side, while they had their lockdown secure QA processes focused on one or two more important games.”
Another part of holding off on a largely finished Nintendo Switch port of Metroid Prime Trilogy may have to do with timing its release with the eventual release of Metroid Prime 4. Grubb said, “So right now we’re getting Metroid Dread this year, and then I would imagine that Metroid Prime Trilogy is something they’ll release close to the release of Metroid Prime 4, whenever that is.” Holding on to Trilogy to release it in the build-up to the launch of the long-awaited new entry from Retro Studios just makes good sense to maximize hype.
Of course, that doesn’t do us any good right now, does it?
As its name would imply, Metroid Prime Trilogy collects the three existing games in the franchise, the first two having launched on GameCube and the final entry releasing for Wii. Trilogy released on Wii and provided motion controls for all three games for the first time, and it typically goes for between $100 and $200 on eBay. Suffice to say, Nintendo Switch could really use Metroid Prime Trilogy.