Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Moby ID: 29958

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In the third and final outing of the Metroid Prime series, bounty hunter Samus Aran is contacted by the Galactic Federation to discover why a computer network, known as the "Aurora Unit", has started to malfunction. The Federation believes it is the work of their long-time nemesis, the Space Pirates, and dispatches Samus to investigate the situation.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a first-person action game that spans the course of several planets. Along the way, Samus meets with Federation members and other bounty hunters. Samus also runs into many old foes; one such foe, Dark Samus, corrupts her with Phazon energy that increases her powers via a PED (Phazon Enhancement Device). She can choose when to use this energy, but the Phazon will kill her if used for longer than a certain time period.

Gameplay is set within several 3D worlds, following the traditional Metroid formula of finding various armor and weapon upgrades to use, exploring areas, fighting numerous bosses, and avoiding environmental dangers. Although the game contains several action-heavy sequences involving firepower, the game's main focus stays with using new items at various locations to discover previously unexplored areas.

The play control has been reworked to take advantage of the Wii's capabilities. For instance, players point the Wii Remote to aim Samus's arm cannon. The Nunchuk accessory is used for grappling objects; this grapple ability can be used to pull obstacles out of the way, grab an enemy's shield from its grip, or to swing across a gap. Samus can also use the Morph Ball to roll through small spaces or to escape enemies; Samus can even jump while in Morph Ball form without using bombs. Additionally, Samus can call her gunship to assist in battles, travel to other planets, or provide a mobile save point.

Also new to the series are a collection of "Achievements", which can be unlocked by performing various tasks, such as killing a certain number of enemies, or scanning certain objects. The Achievements can also be shared with friends via WiiConnect24, by posting photos, or unlocking other special bonuses.


  • メトロイドプライム3 コラプション - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 90% (based on 101 ratings)


Average score: 4.0 out of 5 (based on 34 ratings with 1 reviews)

A great end to the prime trilogy

The Good
The music in the game really helps contribute to the mood and feel, whether its a feeling of suspense or action the music excels. The puzzles in the game are great, using your various beams and visors to open doors and examine objects is still fun. The standard difficulty is right on the mark, its easy enough that you'll beat the game but still hard enough that solving a puzzle is satisfying, in addition harder difficulty settings are available. Controlling Samus with the Wii remote and nunchuk works smoothly, shooting and targeting is handled with great precision. The gameplay mix of platforming, puzzling, and shooting is one of the best in the industry.

The Bad
The story is generic it's the standard your the last hope for humanity, its a little annoying but it does not detract from the experience.The replay value is low, once you finish the game theirs not much reason to go back, the unlockable extras such as music tracks that can be played from the main menu and the hyper mode difficulty setting just isn't enough. The lack of online multiplayer is a bit disappointing considering the games length.

The Bottom Line
Metroid Prime 3 is an amazing game and a great end to the metroid prime series, despite having some minor flaws Metroid Prime 3 is still a must buy.

Wii · by kent c. koopa (19) · 2008


1001 Video Games

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Using the scan visor function in a lab containing captive Metroids, the player will find reference to a "Project Dread", which is nearing completion.

Some gamers have assumed that this is a reference to the cancelled Metroid Dread, however Retro Studios have denied this, saying it is a coincidence.


  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #2 Wii Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Wii Action Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Best Innovation on the Wii of the Year

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Game added by Guy Chapman.

Additional contributors: gamewarrior, Mark Ennis, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack.

Game added August 28th, 2007. Last modified June 18th, 2023.