Earlier this month, Metroid Prime Remastered was announced and released digitally on Nintendo Switch. It’s really good and a perfect example of how to remaster an old game. However, it was not physically available until yesterday, February 22nd. And, well, it’s not physically available yet, as people are reporting that stores are selling copies of it Metroid Prime Remastered almost immediately.
On February 8, 2023, Nintendo finally (after years of rumors) announced and then immediately released a completely remastered version of Metroid Prime, which was originally released in 2002 on the GameCube. This new port includes improved textures, models and modern control options. However, while this new version of the game was critically praised, it was only available digitally on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $40 until yesterday. Now, in theory, you should be able to buy a copy from a store or Amazon. However…
As IGN spotted, some people who pre-ordered the game through online stores like Amazon reported on February 22 that their copies were suddenly delayed until March or even April. Online and physical stores like Target and Better buy their copies also quickly sold out. Searching online, I found most stores were out of stock Metroid Prime Remastered in stock for pickup. Even Wario64—the internet’s favorite video game deal finder—doesn’t seem to be helping people get their hands on the game. And finally on Redditpeople share stories about how hard it is to find a copy of Prime anywhere.
Nintendo is limiting how many copies Metroid Prime you can buy
Kotaku editor-in-chief Alyssa Mercante, famous for her coverage; The Witcher 3‘s Labiagate, traveled to the NYC Nintendo Store to see if she could snag a copy for herself. Apparently, the place was pretty busy – as you’d expect – and she was only allowed to buy one copy of the game. When she asked store staff how many copies were left, she was told they were “not allowed to release” that information.
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Kotaku has contacted Nintendo regarding the current shortage.
Meanwhile, as Metroid Prime Remastered it continues to be difficult to buy physically through the usual retailers, the people on eBay already trying to flip copies of the game for more than $40. Many people sell it For $70 to $90, however, some are asking for more than that, with at least a few listings trying to sell the game for $100 or more. I even saw at least one listing asking $400. It seems that in less than 48 hours, the physical copy of Metroid Prime Remastered it has become a collector’s item.
I think this is a good time to remind people Metroid Prime Remastered is available for $40 digitally on Switch. If you really want to play the game, this is the best (and somewhat unique) way to go right now—at least until things calm down and Nintendo (hopefully) restocks stores with more copies of its fantastic remake .