Metroid Prime (Metroid Prime: Trilogy)

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Metroid Prime
MetroidPrimeTrilogy.jpg
Developer(s) Retro Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Metroid, Metroid Prime
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) Original release
NA November 17, 2002
JP February 28, 2003
EU March 21, 2003
AUS April 3, 2003
Metroid Prime: Trilogy
NA August 24, 2009
EU September 4, 2009
AUS October 15, 2009
Genre(s) First-person action-adventure, First-person shooter, Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods Wii Remote + Nunchuk
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Metroid Prime (Metroid Prime: Trilogy)
Playable
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Metroid Prime: Trilogy is an action-adventure video game compilation developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console. It features Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on a single dual-layer disc.

Metroid Prime in Trilogy has been updated with many features from Metroid Prime 3, such as its aiming system, bloom rendering, 16:9 aspect ratio, and reduced difficulty level (to play the original difficulty, play "veteran" instead of normal). The update also has higher resolution textures, and uses Trilogy's menus, save system, achievements, and unlockable soundtracks.

Game Pages

This page should be used for specific issues with the Metroid Prime sub-game of Metroid Prime: Trilogy. For other Metroid Prime: Trilogy games or launcher information, please see the following pages.

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MPT Game Pages Prime2.png
MPT Game Pages Prime3.png

Emulation Information

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Problems

Scan Visor Memory Stride Error

Since 4.0-7620, selecting a scan visor triggers an endless stream of assertions saying "Memory stride is too small". Clicking "yes" advances the game by one frame, while clicking "no" crashes Dolphin. This prevents any game progress. Disable Panic Handlers to address this.

Constant Wii Remote Disconnects

Since 3.5-471, when using the MS Bluetooth Stack (the default Bluetooth stack on Windows) the game will think that the Wii Remote is constantly disconnecting. Pressing a button on the Wii Remote will restore it, but it will disconnect again seconds later. Disable "Enable Speaker Data" to solve this problem, or avoid the MS Bluetooth stack by using the DolphinBar or the Toshiba Stack (for instruction of which is available at Wii Remote Plus (RVL-CNT-01-TR) Connection Guide#Windows).

Bloom Offset

Like Prime 3 and all the Trilogy games, Prime 1 Trilogy has bloom offset problems. Fortunately, it is not very noticeable with this game. The only solution is to disable Scaled EFB copies, which creates issues of its own. See issue 5573.

Visors

Visors will only work if EFB Copies to Texture Only is disabled. Though EFB Copies to Texture Only is forced as disabled by the GameINI, visor corruption may still occur if you open the graphics configuration window during gameplay. Disable EFB Copies to Texture Only in the Dolphin GUI to avoid any problems.

Dot

When playing above 1x Native internal resolution, there is a dot in the center of the screen. It's small and easy to ignore, but it's always there. There is no fix for this problem, but the dot can be removed by hiding the helmet display in the game's options (i.e. Visor, the 3rd option below Controller and Display, slide the Helmet Opacity sliders all the way to the left).

The Black Bar

During Shader Compilation, stuttering can become so severe that it desyncs the GPU and CPU threads in Dual Core mode. The game freaks out over this desync, creating a black bar at the bottom of the screen, which takes up 15% of the screen space and "squishes" the game in the remaining space. The black bar will remain there from then on whether stuttering continues or ceases.

After 4.0-7517, enabling Virtual XFB or Real XFB will fix and/or prevent the problem. If XFB is disabled the problem may still occur. Details can be found in the September Progress Report.

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Refraction effects, such as raindrops on Samus' visor, cause slowdown in OpenGL. Even the strongest computers are affected by this issue, and there is no solution with the OpenGL backend at this time. D3D is not affected by this problem in this game. There are also severe slowdowns with OpenGL in the Magmoor Caverns when you look down to a lava basin. Reducing the internal resolution helps a bit. It affects even strong systems. Fixed by 4.0-5124.

Configuration

Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.

General

Config Setting Notes
Use Panic Handlers Off Avoid Memory Stride errors

Graphics

Config Setting Notes
Store EFB Copies to Texture Only Off Needed to avoid visor issues

Wii Remote

Config Setting Notes
Enable Speaker Data Off Causes constant Wii Remote disconnects

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Metroid Prime since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

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Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

Testing

This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r7689 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.4GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Close to perfect -> constant 60FPS, 1280x720, 3xNative textures and DSP-HLE sound (still must use dol swap though) Zlutz
r7714 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X4 980 @ 4.2GHz NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT DX9, 1.5x Resolution, 4x SSAA, 8x AF runs at 90-100%. HLE works with little to no issues. Use Accurate VBeam Emulation for a nice speedup. Very well emulated in current versions. MUST use dol swap to get working. Keller999
3.0-694 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.2GHz AMD Radeon HD 6870 For any Resolution up to 2.5x, any AA up to max, any AF up to 8x: With EFB->Texture, runs at ~30-45FPS. With EFB->RAM, runs at ~7-10FPS. EFB->RAM needed for X-Ray Visor, otherwise it's just a white screen. Thermal Visor works fine with EFB->Texture. No other settings seem to have any real effect on the framerate, although enabling Accurate VBeam Emulation in the properties does provide a speedup on the map screen, from ~10FPS OGL and ~20FPS DX9/11 to ~45FPS with any settings.

(x64 Release, git master rev bfde41895f52 + ES_LAUNCH rev 52def7cebd32, compiled w/ MS VS 2010.)

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3.0-766 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.4GHz AMD Radeon HD 6970 DX11 at 1900x1200 (using internal resolution auto, 4xAA), game completed averaging 50-60FPS, except for areas where X-Ray visor is required: EFB>RAM must be used, decreasing performance to 30-40FPS. Recommend using save-states to switch EFB>RAM off except when x-ray visor is used (not very often). Other slowdowns common when entering/existing water, likely due to visor droplet effect. "Accurate V-Beam" in right-click options provides noticeable speedup in large rooms. DSP-HLE works fine, except for very occasional loss of BGM (can be resolved by save/load or reset); DSP-LLE does not drop BGM but instead causes crackling and clicking sounds whenever framerate drops below 60. OpenMP texture decoder and disable fog/pixeldepth recommended for slight speedup, no ill effects observed. DOL swap still required to run. anon
3.5-379 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.3GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 x2 100% emulation, there's no stuttering or lagging. Minor problems, such as 3 pixels at the middle of the screen. It's a bit annoying but easy to ignore. NVIDIA 3D vision isn't working, possibly a Dolphin problem. Settings used: Direct3D9, no AA, no Anisotropic filtering, HLE audio (seems to work right, without any problems), 1440x900 fullscreen resolution. Megamew28
4.0-2826 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.6GHz AMD Radeon HD 7970 OpenGL at 1920x1080 (3x internal res), no AA, 4x AF, works consistently at 58-60FPS - There was a halo around Samus during elevator cutscenes and in the menu screen that I did not see in 4.0-2591, I saw drops in FPS when entering or exiting water and MAJOR drops when fighting meta ridley (25FPS at times), other than than such a great experience playing MP1 in 1080p anon
4.0-5384 Windows Server 2012 AMD FX-8350 @ 4.6GHz AMD Radeon HD 7970 D3D @1920x1080 (3x IR), no AA, 1x AF, playing at PAL50. Runs very nicely, minor FPS drops when entering water and in some places, much like in Metroid Prime 2, otherwise constant 50FPS. Played all the way through without major glitches. Very close to being perfect. XorUnison

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