Metroid Prime Engineer Disappointed with Nintendo Wii’s Specs
A former Retro Studios engineer who worked on the Metroid Prime Trilogy admits he’s very disappointed with the Nintendo Wii’s hardware specs.
The Nintendo Wii is one of the gaming industry’s greatest success stories, turning people of all ages into gamers overnight with just a little white motion controller. However, it was no secret that the Wii’s direct competitors at the time, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, took a huge step forward in pure hardware capabilities, leaving many hardcore gamers out through Nintendo’s small white box. Former Chief Technical Engineer on all 3 Metroid Prime game, Jack Matthews, recently spoke with podcaster Reece Reilly (aka Kiwi Talkz) about his experience in developing the trilogy and at the time Metroid Prime 3: Corruption rolling around, he became exhausted with the specifications of the Nintendo Wii.
For Matthews, the Wii’s inefficient hardware made him feel constrained “in a box” while developing. Metroid Prime games and that working for Nintendo made him feel as though he was “a little behind” for his time. As a young and bright developer in the games industry, Matthews wants to work on the most exciting titles he can, and the Wii’s hardware precisely doesn’t allow that.
Matthews made it clear that being confined to that “box” wasn’t a deal-breaker for him because he found it easy enough, but rather the repetition of working within the same box. a space that was the last thing that came to him. At Retro Studios has gone to the third entry in element trilogy of works, Matthews was excited to work on new hardware but was disappointed to realize that “Wii [was] basically the hardware is very similar to the GameCube. “
Matthews continued to the end Element 3of development, worked on Samus visor, but very quickly outpaced the Wii hardware when it was all over. Feeling the need to really branch out and create something of his own, Matthews would later go on to found Armature studios, where he will work on things like ReCore and Batman Arkham Origins: Black Gate.
No one can blame Matthews for wanting to take on new challenges, and while ReCore and Batman Arkham Origins: Black Gate not exactly burn the game world, Metroid Prime the trilogy remains one of the most lauded trios in the game. Unfortunately, the only way to play the collected trilogy is still to find an actual copy of the Wii title or purchase it digitally through Wii U’s eShop. Not exactly ideal circumstances but for now it is rumored that Nintendo has kept the trilogy for release at a later date so hopefully that means the game will reach players by the end of 2022. .
The next entry in the Prime franchise, Metroid Prime 4, is currently under development.
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