Metroid fans are eagerly awaiting the December 6 show.
An online product listing has the internet buzzing about a potential Nintendo Switch port of Metroid Prime Trilogy, with an announcement possibly coming as soon as The Game Awards this week.
Rumors of a potential HD port of the trilogy, as well as a Metroid-related announcement at this year’s Game Awards, have been swirling for some time. Speculation is now heating up again just days before the show, thanks to Swedish retailer Inet’s listing of Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch.
While the listing has rekindled talks of a Switch version, it’s important to note the retailer itself appears to be in on the speculation. A Google translation of the product description reveals the Switch version is only rumored, with Inet anticipating, not confirming, a Game Awards announcement and an early 2019 release.
The listing seems to have been spotted first by Twitter user @Nitomatta, who claims to have confirmed its legitimacy (the listing; not the game) by setting their VPN to the retailer’s home country of Sweden. While many replies point out the speculative nature of the listing, others are already getting excited for the potential announcement:
The rumors have also spawned several Reddit threads, with fans expressing their cautious optimism. “I really hope this is right,” wrote user psyRhen. “I really hope it comes with updated 2-stick controls with updated visuals instead of just updated resolution. The Prime games still look great, don’t get me wrong but if Nintendo had a team working on adding more refined visuals to the game with updated textures, resolutions, and animations that’d be amazing!”
Even those who are more wary of the rumor seemingly can’t help but get their hopes up. “Taking this with a grain of salt, but either way I can’t hide how excited I am,” wrote another user.
As with the previously released Wii and Wii U versions, Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch would include Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. IGN’s Metroid Prime Trilogy review, which was published alongside the Wii version’s release, called it “one of the greatest video game sets that money can buy.” Individually, IGN awarded a 9.5 or higher to all three bundled games.
Even if this rumor proves false, fans are still hoping to see Metroid Prime represented at The Game Awards. After skipping E3 2018, there’s hope for an update on Metroid Prime 4 at this week’s show. Nintendo has been fairly quiet about the series’ fourth core entry since its reveal at E3 2017, though Nintendo broke its silence last month to say Metroid Prime 4 is “well in development.”
The Game Awards will be held later this week on December 6. Be sure to check our viewing guide for regional start times, streaming options, and the full list of nominees. For more on the show, here are IGN’s five predictions for The Game Awards announcements.
Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter @jdsirani.