GameCube Week | Going Back to Metroid Prime Almost 20 Years Later

GameCube Week continues on In Third Person! This time, I morph ball roll my way back to Metroid Prime!


Some games age like fine wine. You can pick up a Gameboy today – or 100 years from now – and still have just as much fun with Tetris as players did when it was first released in the 1980s. Other games lose their sheen faster than you would hope. Have you played Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64 recently? Despite being revolutionary for its time, advents in the shooter genre have rendered it obsolete. It’s only real value now is nostalgia, which it admittedly has in spades.

Going back to Metroid Prime recently proved to be an interest test of its staying power. Revolutionary in its own right, Samus’ debut on the GameCube successfully translated its 2D exploration roots into the third dimension. How much of the experience still stands strong almost 20 years later? I played it for a few hours on stream to find out.

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No Metroid Prime 4? No Problem! Metroid Prime on GameCube Live Stream

With the shocking news of Samus not coming back anytime soon, now’s a great time restart the Metroid Prime series from the top! Join me for this spirited live stream where we play through the opening sequence of Metroid Prime twice for hilarious reasons, along with a great discussion with viewers throughout!

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If you don’t have time to sit through the full two-hour broadcast, maybe take a few minutes to check out these highlights instead!

Highlights



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Metroid Prime and Console First-Person Shooter Controls Before The Advent of Dual Analog

Once upon a time, dual analog controls for first-person shooters wasn’t a thing. Even in an era where we had dual-analog controllers, it would take a number of years before developers would come up with that scheme and make it the standard. Going back recently to play Metroid Prime on the GameCube, its lack of dual-analog control has proven to be really jarring.

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So Many Games, So Little Time

Along with a bunch of holiday cheer, Santa blessed me with a number of video games to play. As a video game enthusiast, I can’t complain about my loved ones giving me more games to play. I don’t think that part of my gaming habits will ever change.

Unfortunately, other parts of my life have changed dramatically since the days of Super Nintendo games under the Christmas tree. I finished school. I started working. I’m blessed to have a great girlfriend. More and more of my time is going into other aspects of life, which eats away at my video game playing time. Thus is the act of growing up, I guess.

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