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Metroid Prime

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Metroid Prime
Metoroido Puraimu
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North American box art.
Developer(s): Retro Studios
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo GameCube
Category: First-person adventure
Players: 1
Predecessor: Super Metroid
Successor: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Release dates
N. America: November 17, 2002
Japan: February 28, 2003
Europe: March 21, 2003
Australia: April 3, 2003
S. Korea: 2002
PEGI: 12+ (re-release)
USK: 12
GRAC: 15
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Metroid Prime is a 3D action-adventure game in the Metroid series, developed by Retro Studios and released in late 2002 and early 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube, the first 3D game in the series. The game was released alongside Metroid Fusion in North America, and the two games can be linked to unlock special features in both. The game was successful enough to warrant two sequels: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, becoming the first installment in the Metroid Prime series.

Later copies of the game were bundled with a bonus demo disc for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes; this version of the game would be included in a console bundle in North America. Europe would also receive a console bundle with this game, though while the game was only the base game, this bundle also included a Metroid Prime-themed Nintendo GameCube name plate.


Evil waits below the surface...

Something sinister lurks in the depths of planet Tallon IV. Interstellar bounty hunter Samus Aran is the only one who can destroy this evil... but first it must be found.

Explore the enormous regions of Tallon IV, from the frozen Phendrana Drifts to the crumbling Chozo Ruins.
Use all the technological upgrades to Samus's Power Suit, including the Thermal and Scan Visors.
Roll into the Morph Ball to explore tight spots, bomb through walls, and roll your way to out-of-reach areas.
Wield powerful weapons like the Wave and Ice Beams as you take on the Space Pirates and their legions.


Metroid Prime is set between the original Metroid and Metroid II: Return of Samus. Samus intercepts a distress signal from the Space Pirate frigate Orpheon and goes to investigate, but when she gets there she finds all of the Space Pirates are dead. Samus learns that the frigate was studying a substance called "Phazon", discovered on Tallon IV. After Samus defeats the Parasite Queen on the ship she finds Ridley, who has been rebuilt into a robotic body. Samus returns to her gunship and chases Ridley to Tallon IV, where she learns that the planet was struck by a meteor years ago and that the Phazon substance is destroying the planet, including a Chozo colony that once inhabited the planet. Samus must now find the Chozo Artifacts that unlock the path to the source of the Phazon while also battling against the Space Pirates and her nemesis Ridley.


As the 3D debut of the franchise, Metroid Prime marks a departure from the traditional Metroid games. The game is played from a first-person perspective as players explore the large, open overworld, collect power-ups, and find the Chozo Artifacts scattered around. The game is set on Tallon IV, which has four regions connected by elevators.

At various points, Samus can earn different beams, which can be swapped out by tilting the C stick, and different visors, which can be swapped with the D-pad. Samus starts with the Scan Visor at first, which is used to scan enemies, computers, and various other elements of the world to obtain information and fill the logbook. The A button is the player's firing button, while B is jumping. Players are also able to lock on to enemies before firing and scan objects when using the Scan Visor with L, and can freely look around with R.

The New Play Control! release of the game uses the Wii's pointer controls for simultaneous aiming and camera control, as well as switching visors and beams.

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Nintendo GameCube Game Disc
Wii Game Disc
Save data size: GCN: 2 blocks
Supported features: Progressive scan, Game Boy Advance link
Input / compatible controllers: GCN: Nintendo GameCube Controller
Wii: Wii Remote + Nunchuk

Other releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
New Play Control! Metroid Prime Wii 2009 An enhanced port of Metroid Prime for the Wii released exclusively in Japan, using pointer controls similar to Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
Metroid Prime: Trilogy Wii 2009 Enhanced ports of the three Metroid Prime titles, released outside of Japan. The port of Metroid Prime included in this collection is based on the Japanese New Play Control! release.
Metroid Prime: Trilogy Wii U 2015 A port of Metroid Prime: Trilogy released as a digital download on the Wii U Nintendo eShop.
Metroid Prime Remastered Nintendo Switch 2023 An enhanced port of Metroid Prime for the Nintendo Switch with higher graphics and a Casual gameplay mode.

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Main series Metroid (Classic NES Series • Zero Mission) • Metroid II: Return of Samus (Samus Returns) • Super Metroid • Fusion • Other M • Dread
Metroid Prime series
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