Metroid Prime 3: Corruption details & more on the Wii launch

Metroid Prime for Nintendo GameCubeIn an interview with the Retro Studios team, IGN learned today that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption will indeed be a launch game for Nintendo Wii. Developed from the ground up for the new platform and its unique controllers, Metroid will arrive alongside the Wii version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess offering up a first-party double punch when the console ships this holiday season. Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Super Mario Galaxy would probably not launch with Wii later this year, to quote: “If it’s not a launch title it will definitely be there within the first six months.”

Like its predecessors, the Metroid Prime 3 will not feature an online mode for competitive multiplay, however, support of the system’s 24-hour-connection is under consideration. This would allow Nintendo to push upgrades and additional content to Metroid Prime 3: Corruption owners with wireless connections even when the console is switched off.

Gone are the light-dark worlds, and while you may not be able to control your ship during travel, Retro hinted at a new visor mode that lets Samus command her ship from the ground. For example, she can use the gunship uplink to blow up obstacles in her way and gain access to new areas.

Though the other visors are still being kept a secret, Retro did confirm that the X-Ray visor will return and play a bigger part in both combat and puzzle solving. Used in conjunction with a new beam that is able to shoot through walls, players will be able to detect obscured enemies and take them out safely.

The developer is also hard at work on polishing the graphics in the game to make it a noticeable step up over the previous titles.