Whispers of a Metroid Prime remaster for Switch have been swirling for some time, but according to a recent source, Nintendo is now nearly ready to reveal the fruits of their labor, and will release the long-rumored title towards the end of this year.

That’s according to Jeff Grubb, who revealed the news on Giant Bomb’s Game Mess Mornings podcast, stating he’d been told “quite certainly” that an improved version of Metroid Prime 1 – dubbed Metroid Prime Remastered – was slated to be one of Nintendo’s “major holiday games” for 2022.

“”This is something I’d heard was in the works in the past,” Grubb added, “and they have stuff occurring with that game.” Now, I’ve been assured that the game will be released this holiday season, very probably in time for the 20th anniversary in November.”

Grubb also mentioned that versions of Metroid Prime 2 and 3 for Switch are “very much done,” but would likely be published “further down the road.”

However, it appears that only Metroid Prime 1 will receive the “major remaster treatment,” with Grubb stating that while its sequels may receive new controls on Switch, they would not receive “nearly the same revamp.”

Of course, re-releasing Metroid Prime on the Switch makes perfect sense. The long-awaited fourth instalment in the series is presently under development at Retro Studios for an unannounced Switch release date, and given that Metroid Prime 3 was published 15 years ago this year, there will certainly be plenty of gamers in need of a refresher.

Grubb speculated that further information about Metroid Prime remastered will be revealed in a Nintendo mini-direct addressing first-party titles in July. Tomorrow is a third-party showing for the corporation.

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