We all know about it , Game of the Year, best game on the GC to date, and one of the best games of last generation. The Metroid Prime Trilogy was such a great success. It helped revive a long dorment franchise and catapulted a little known company to stardom, but many of us know full well of the turmoil that surronded the development of the first Prime.
A Short history of Metroid
It all began in 1987, when Gunpei Yokoi, the man that would mentor Mr. Miyamoto, and a small team of developers created a game called Metroid for the NES. It was a hit, one of the first non-linear games on a console. It emphasis on exploration, finding items, and timing jumps helped drive sales. It's also home of one of the most shocking endings in gaming history today: the revealing of Samus Aran's gender, it was unheard of.
Metroid II was released in 1991, it further cemented metroids popularity by introducing many new mechanics that would be a part of any metroid game today, but the franchise's shining moment was Super Metroid for SNES, touting more complex graphics, music, and story, it was later considered on of the greatest games of all time. Then tragedy appeared.
Gunpei Yokoi, an extremely important person in the franchise, developed the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's ill-fated 3D console and its only commercial faliure. Many people blamed him for the Boy's faliure. In 1996, Gunpei resigned from his position at Nintendo due to that fiasco. However, the question regarding Metroid's fate wouldn't be considered untill Yokoi's fatal car accident in 1997, Metroid is the only franchise at Nintendo to have lost its creator.
So that's Metroid so far in a nutshell. The History of Prime to come momentarily.