Metroid Prime Remastered is finally here – and so, it seems, are the scalpers, with dozens of the out-of-print physical editions of the game popping up on online auction sites for far more than their original asking price.
While the issue seems to primarily affect our friends across the pond – the UK version won’t be released until next month – many people are trying to capitalize on the popularity of the physical version by listing the game for more than double its suggested price. retail price (thanks, Kotaku).
Don’t forget that although physical copies of Super Mario 3D All-Stars were sold in very limited numbers on purpose – which also artificially inflated the price – Nintendo hasn’t made a similar claim for Metroid Prime Remastered, so more units are likely to be made available at a later date. However, that doesn’t stop some from doing it.
If you’re in the UK and worried about committing to a pre-order, though, I’d recommend ordering yours sooner rather than later in case similar demand starts here (at the time of writing, the game is still available for pre-order at GAME for around £40).
It’s physical release day for Metroid Prime Remastered! 😃
The scalpers are coming…. pic.twitter.com/eckAsozFyg
— Aiden129 (@Aiden1291) February 22, 2023
“As Retro Studios’ first proper game release since the Wii U version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in 2014, this is a wildly successful effort that shows the developer is still firing on all cylinders,” Digital Foundry said of the remastered classic.
“The power of this game, and particularly the technology that powers it, is also of particular interest, as Retro is also slated to deliver Metroid Prime 4 after taking over the project four years ago. A lot is still up in the air, but this the level of visual fidelity would really suit a new Prime title. Retro’s internal graphics engine appears to have been greatly improved, while maintaining a firm grip on the 60fps target that defined the main Metroid Prime games.”
A Metroid Prime designer recently expressed his disappointment that the game’s original team wasn’t individually credited in the recently released remaster of the GameCube classic.
Former Retro Studios engineer Zoid Kirsch, who was also unhappy with the changes to the door designs, said on Twitter that he was “disappointed” by the lack of individual credits.
“While many studios did an amazing job on the remaster, I’m disappointed that the Metroid Prime Remaster doesn’t include the full titles of the original game,” he said at the time.