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Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt controversy

Those that picked up an early DS unit may recall the pack-in experience Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt. Instead of going with a complete game, this was more of a demo that offered a look into what the final product would become.

Even though it wasn’t a full title, it turns out there was some controversy when it came to offering it to consumers. Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned in his newly-released book that “our developers hated to give away content for free”. Thankfully, the late Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto both signed off on the idea.

In Europe, Metroid Prime: Hunters was added to the European Wii U Virtual Console today. Get a look at the DS game with the footage posted below.

Metroid Prime: Hunters is hitting the European Wii U Virtual Console on Thursday. Get a look at the official trailer below.

Tomorrow’s North American Virtual Console titles are now confirmed. On Wii U, we’ll be getting Metroid Prime: Hunters. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble is due out for New 3DS.

Here’s an overview of Metroid Prime: Hunters:

A ferocious race, now extinct, has left behind relics of its once-powerful warrior culture. Now six other fierce bounty hunters from across the galaxy will challenge Samus in a race to claim these relics in hopes of harnessing their power for themselves.

And Donkey Kong Country 3:

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have gone missing! As Dixie Kong checks in with the rest of the family, she gets stuck with babysitting duties! But that won’t stop her from going on her next adventure!

Play as Dixie Kong or Kiddy Kong solo, against a friend, or with a friend! Take advantage of each of their unique abilities as they throw each other into action in over 40 levels. There are plenty of collectibles—including Bear Coins, which grant access to the services of the Brothers Bear, and Banana Birds, which Wrinkly Kong has a deep fondness for. You can also call on Funky Kong to build some wild vehicles for you to try to get to places that seem far out of reach. Not to mention there are animal friends to fight at your side! The final showdown takes place in a cliff-top laboratory at the End of the World. Things could get seriously ugly, so you’d better be ready!

Pricing for Metroid Prime: Hunters is set at $9.99. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble will set you back $7.99.

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Liam Robertson has created a new video that looks back on three Metroid projects. It mainly focuses on the troubled development of Hunters and the cancelled Dread game, thought there’s a tiny bit on Federation Force as well. Check out the video below.

One of the big selling points of the Nintendo DS was its ability to render things in both 2D AND 3D. Wow! I mean sure developers could pull off polygons on the Game Boy Advance, but they probably shouldn’t have.

Like the jump from the 16-bit to 32-bit/64-bit consoles, the games on the DS contained a mix of art styles that don’t all hold up particularly well, but there are certain titles that overcome the low resolution of the console and deliver an experience that looks pretty darn nice. Consider this the top 10 least ugly games on the console, as voted by you:

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