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Nintendo Announces Metroid Prime Trilogy

by Lukasz Balicki - May 22, 2009, 10:34 am PDT
Total comments: 62 Source: Press Release

Nintendo bundles all the Metroid Prime games into one Wii-controlled package.

Today, Nintendo announced that they are planning to bundle the Wii versions of Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption this August.

Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, originally for the GameCube, will be enhanced with precise Wii Remote controls, a widescreen presentation, and other enhancements like they were in the Japanese Wii de Asobu Metroid Prime

versions.

Since all three games will be on a singe disc, players will be able to access any of the three games through a unified main menu. There will also be an unlockable system where players will be able to unlock music and artwork by completing specific in-game objectives across all three games.

Check out our impressions of the Japanese Wii remake of Metroid Prime.

Metroid Prime Trilogy is being developed by Retro Studios, who developed all three Metroid Prime games for the GameCube and Wii. The trilogy will be available on August 24 with a price point of $49.99.

THREE INCREDIBLE GAMES JUST GOT MORE AWESOME: METROID PRIME TRILOGY HEADS TO WII

All Three Critically Acclaimed Games Now Feature Motion Controls with Enhanced Presentation and In-Game Rewards

REDMOND, Wash., May 22, 2009 - Metroid™ Prime 3: Corruption set a new standard for first-person motion controls in video games. Now it's bringing those controls to the rest of the celebrated series, allowing players to experience the entire Metroid Prime story arc with the peerless precision of the Wii Remote™. Nintendo announces Metroid Prime Trilogy, a new premium three-game collection for the Wii™ console that bundles all three landmark Metroid Prime games onto one disc and revamps the first two installments with intuitive motion controls, wide-screen presentation and other enhancements. Metroid Prime Trilogy will be available exclusively for Wii on Aug. 24 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Each game maintains its original storyline and settings, but now Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes let players use their Wii Remote to aim with precision as heroine Samus Aran. Based on the breakthrough control system that debuted in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, these new Wii controls bring an entirely new level of immersion and freedom to these milestone games.

"Metroid Prime Trilogy puts the best first-person adventures all in one place, with a host of new additions that make these three timeless titles more engaging than ever," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "A great deal of care and detail has gone into Metroid Prime Trilogy, providing longtime fans with new ways to experience the games they love."

All three games now reside on a single disc. Players can access the game they want from a unified main menu that ties together all three adventures. Through a new unlockables system, players can gain access to in-game rewards such as music and artwork by accomplishing objectives across all three games.

Metroid Prime Trilogy was developed by Retro Studios and Nintendo, the same developers that created the original games for the Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems.

Talkback

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 22, 2009

You got the system label wrong on the front page.

GC -> Wii

MaxiMay 22, 2009

This is great news. Metroid Prime 3 is one of my favorite Wii games because of the controls.I'm pretty excited.

I guess this beats buying both Metroid Prime 1 and 2 NPC! for $30 each.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusMay 22, 2009

Quote from: NinGurl69

You got the system label wrong on the front page.

GC -> Wii

Done

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 22, 2009

This is a move Nintendo isn't known for doing. I was very surprised since this is something the fans wanted ever since the NPC games were announced.

broodwarsMay 22, 2009

ok...so to buy the Wiimakes of Metroid Primes 1 and 2 (which I want), I have to also buy another copy of a game I already own (Metroid Prime 3).  Really, there was no other way?  Well, I guess that's trade-in credit towards Ghostbusters then.  If it wasn't for the price this would bother me a lot more than it does.  They would have sold MP1 and MP2 for $30 each anyway.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 22, 2009

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You got the system label wrong on the front page.

GC -> Wii

Done

Cool.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusMay 22, 2009

Quote from: broodwars

ok...so to buy the Wiimakes of Metroid Primes 1 and 2 (which I want), I have to also buy another copy of a game I already own (Metroid Prime 3).  Really, there was no other way?  Well, I guess that's trade-in credit towards Ghostbusters then.  If it wasn't for the price this would bother me a lot more than it does.  They would have sold MP1 and MP2 for $30 each anyway.

I still think that Nintendo will release NPC! MP and MP2 individually but who knows. Even if you want to buy MP1 and MP2 for Wii that's 60 dollars, the triology is 10 dollars less.

broodwarsMay 22, 2009

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ok...so to buy the Wiimakes of Metroid Primes 1 and 2 (which I want), I have to also buy another copy of a game I already own (Metroid Prime 3).  Really, there was no other way?  Well, I guess that's trade-in credit towards Ghostbusters then.  If it wasn't for the price this would bother me a lot more than it does.  They would have sold MP1 and MP2 for $30 each anyway.

I still think that Nintendo will release NPC! MP and MP2 individually but who knows. Even if you want to buy MP1 and MP2 for Wii that's 60 dollars, the triology is 10 dollars less.

Indeed.  It's just that originally the only game I was going to get immediately was MP1 since I don't like MP2 all that much (but was willing to give it another chance with the Wiimake).  So that's $30 for the game I wanted vs. $50 for the game I wanted; the game I don't want immediately; and the game I already own.  It's not a big deal, just a little annoying.  If I didn't know better, I'd say Nintendo did this to ensure that people would actually buy Echoes.

vuduMay 22, 2009

Well, shit.  I only wanted to play the original Metroid Prime again.

Smart smart smart, NOA! You get a cookie! Малодец!

Those who already own these games: just trade in the original copies (now, before they lose more value) towards the trilogy disc.

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusMay 22, 2009

Epic win, Nintendo. I have been saying this since the Wiimakes were announced, glad to see that they are listening to their fans.

This rocks. It would be very cool if Nintendo offered 15 dollars off for people who trade in their copy of Metroid Prime 3.

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This rocks. It would be very cool if Nintendo offered 15 dollars off for people who trade in their copy of Metroid Prime 3.

I checked, the trade-in price for Corruption on Amazon is $14, but that's bound to drop once this gets closer.

ZapMay 22, 2009

Man, these things really drop in price the minute you drive them off the self-destructing frigate.

Ian SaneMay 22, 2009

I don't like Wiimakes but if you're going to do it, do it like this.  This is probably the best way to do it.

Though while including all three games is ideal for newcomers it kind of sucks for anyone that already has the third game.

I really want to see something from Retro at E3 and it would really suck if THIS is what Retro has been working on.  It shouldn't be.  This shouldn't have been so complicated that it would take up all their time.  But you never know.

KDR_11kMay 22, 2009

From what I read the multiplayer mode in MP2 is a lot better with the Wiimote aim instead of the GC controls.

Quote from: Ian

Though while including all three games is ideal for newcomers it kind of sucks for anyone that already has the third game.

The problem with that logic is that it's not like it would be any cheaper if it were just 1 and 2, they're just throwing 3 in as a bonus.

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From what I read the multiplayer mode in MP2 is a lot better with the Wiimote aim instead of the GC controls.

Finally a good split screen FPS on the Wii.

EasyCureMay 22, 2009

Well f*ck

GoldenPhoenixMay 22, 2009

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The problem with that logic is that it's not like it would be any cheaper if it were just 1 and 2, they're just throwing 3 in as a bonus.

People should be infuriated, I mean why would you want to pay $50 for 3 games (one that is pretty new) instead of $60 for two games? I am so MAD.

RizeDavid Trammell, Staff AlumnusMay 22, 2009

I'm pretty sure I don't want this.  I love the original two Prime's just the way they are.  The only thing I'm remotely interested in is the wide screen.  If I do want this someday, I'm quite sure that 3 or 4 years from now I'll be able to pick up a copy on the cheap.

BrandoggMay 22, 2009

This is pretty awesome, I never finished Metroid Prime, and only played a little bit of Echoes, now I can finish them both.

broodwarsMay 22, 2009

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The problem with that logic is that it's not like it would be any cheaper if it were just 1 and 2, they're just throwing 3 in as a bonus.

People should be infuriated, I mean why would you want to pay $50 for 3 games (one that is pretty new) instead of $60 for two games? I am so MAD.

Just to play Devil's Advocate, what about those people who want to pay $30 for 1 game (Metroid Prime), because they don't like Prime 2 and already have 3?

GoldenPhoenixMay 22, 2009

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The problem with that logic is that it's not like it would be any cheaper if it were just 1 and 2, they're just throwing 3 in as a bonus.

People should be infuriated, I mean why would you want to pay $50 for 3 games (one that is pretty new) instead of $60 for two games? I am so MAD.

Just to play Devil's Advocate, what about those people who want to pay $30 for 1 game (Metroid Prime), because they don't like Prime 2 and already have 3?

True, then again this appears to the common practice now (Capcom is king of it). I'd have no problem if they sold the two separately.

AVMay 22, 2009

it would be nice if they added online  to the multiplayer in Prime 2. It was kind of fun, but limited

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 22, 2009

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The problem with that logic is that it's not like it would be any cheaper if it were just 1 and 2, they're just throwing 3 in as a bonus.

People should be infuriated, I mean why would you want to pay $50 for 3 games (one that is pretty new) instead of $60 for two games? I am so MAD.

Just to play Devil's Advocate, what about those people who want to pay $30 for 1 game (Metroid Prime), because they don't like Prime 2 and already have 3?

True, then again this appears to the common practice now (Capcom is king of it). I'd have no problem if they sold the two separately.

Right, cuz when you combine them individually, you form a pseudo `box set` that collectors love.  Having each individual entry is beauty, but one can't disregard the appeal of a super-compact all-in-one edition.

This tears me apart if I try to buy DVDs online, do I get the big collector's box edition or the super slim case edition?

broodwarsMay 22, 2009

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it would be nice if they added online  to the multiplayer in Prime 2. It was kind of fun, but limited

Meh, it'd be nice if it was there but I could live without it.  I'd rather they spent their time putting fun into the game, a feature that got cut from the original release due to lack of time and an inexplicable drive to make the game "darker" and more challenging than the original (something that was a bit of a plague going around at the time, as it also hit Prince of Persia around the same time).

GoldenPhoenixMay 22, 2009

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I'd rather they spent their time putting fun into the game

Pro's wrath will be great.

broodwarsMay 22, 2009

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I'd rather they spent their time putting fun into the game

Pro's wrath will be great.

Well, at least he'll be consistent in the quality of games he likes.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 22, 2009

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I'd rather they spent their time putting fun into the game

Pro's wrath will be great.

Don't go making hurricane predictions.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 22, 2009

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I'd rather they spent their time putting fun into the game

Pro's wrath will be great.

Well, at least he'll be consistent in the quality of games he likes.

Challenge is fun, especially when there's no explicit hints like the classics.  The rest of you can stick to hand-holding story games.

ShyGuyMay 22, 2009

Guess I better buy this. HARD.

TJ SpykeMay 22, 2009

As I said in the other thread, I am happy about this. I already planned to get NPC! Metroid Prime and was thinking about NPC! Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. I might trade in my copy of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, I am just wondering if my save file will work on the Metroid Prime Trilogy version of the game.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 22, 2009

Knowing Nintendo, no.

StratosMay 22, 2009

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As I said in the other thread, I am happy about this. I already planned to get NPC! Metroid Prime and was thinking about NPC! Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. I might trade in my copy of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, I am just wondering if my save file will work on the Metroid Prime Trilogy version of the game.

If I read the IGN hands-on correctly it can import your old game saves.

>I just reread the article and I don't think they were saying you could import old saves anymore.

BlackNMild2k1May 22, 2009

It will import my saves from MP1 & MP2? how? can the Wii read GC memory cards while in Wii mode?
If that is the case, then I will go trade these in towards WSR this weekend. I can just finish MP2 later and finish the final boss fight on MP1 sometime after that.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMay 22, 2009

Better backtrack on that, BnM.

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Wii games can access every GC/Wii function; GC games are stuck in pretend-GC mode.

Tales of Symphonia 2 is able to read GC save files from the first game for unlockable bonuses.

StratosMay 22, 2009

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Better backtrack on that, BnM.

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Wii games can access every GC/Wii function; GC games are stuck in pretend-GC mode.

Tales of Symphonia 2 is able to read GC save files from the first game for unlockable bonuses.

Fire Emblem Wii also read files from the GC memory card. Plus the Wii DDR games use Gamecube dance pads. If only Wii games would use the silly bongos I invested in for Donkey Kong games.

BlackNMild2k1May 22, 2009

It would be funny if NPC DKJB could use the bongos as an alternate control.

but, you guys are saying that MP triology (hehehe) will use my GC saves even though the new games have achievements?
just want to be clear.

Who cares if it can read your GC save files? The point is to play through the games again. I think the hard modes are already unlocked in 1/2 on Wii.

BlackNMild2k1May 22, 2009

I care. I'm at the final boss on MP1 and I've been playing MP2 alot recently (about 70% done) and don't want to really repeat the light/dark madness all over again. But I would like to finish both games with the superior control scheme. If I can go back and play them on hard after that, then great, but I would mostly be buying it to get MP3 since I've been holding off on it till I atleast got to the end of MP2.

broodwarsMay 22, 2009

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Who cares if it can read your GC save files? The point is to play through the games again. I think the hard modes are already unlocked in 1/2 on Wii.

I agree with Metroid Primes 1 and 2, especially since they went to all the trouble to add Achievements to those things.  It'd be a real waste to just skip right over that with your GC save files.  I do kind of hope that Metroid Prime 3's save file carries over, because my best friend borrowed the game; got bored just before reaching the Pirate Homeworld; and now is playing a bunch of other stuff.  I'd rather not rush him through MP3 when he doesn't want to play it just so I can have the game back and the subsequent trade-in credit.  I'd rather he could just use his MP3 file on the new version.

Mop it upMay 22, 2009

This is another announcement I wouldn't have guessed would happen. This is pretty awesome. You can get both Metroid Prime games for cheaper than they would be as NPC games, plus you get the third game. It's great for people who haven't gotten the third game yet, great for people who missed the first two, and even great for those who are itching to replay the first two games with Wii controls. It's win-win for a lot of people really.

I'm kind of curious as to why they didn't wait to announce this until E3. It really makes me wonder if they are going to have any game announcements or just showcase Wii Motion +.

Ian SaneMay 22, 2009

I'd say reading the Metroid Prime 3 save should be an expected feature and if Retro doesn't offer it you have a right to complain.  It's the same game on the same system.  You should be able to import your save.  But with the other two?  With the changes they had to make importing your save might not be so easy.  I would consider it unrealistic to expect that feature.

broodwarsMay 22, 2009

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I'd say reading the Metroid Prime 3 save should be an expected feature and if Retro doesn't offer it you have a right to complain.  It's the same game on the same system.  You should be able to import your save.  But with the other two?  With the changes they had to make importing your save might not be so easy.  I would consider it unrealistic to expect that feature.

It depends on how they have the save file system set up.  If they have it designed so all three games save into one massive save file, then I can see it not importing the Metroid Prime 3 data...maybe.

Mop it upMay 22, 2009

The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition has separate save files for each game, so it is certainly possible.

BlackNMild2k1May 22, 2009

I'm not saying that I'm expecting GC save import ability, but I wanna know if its gonna be possible before I go and trade in my games before they lose their trade in value. Its a matter of being able to pick up where I left off or completely start over. I wanna pick up where I left off with new controls (even though I know achievements might make that difficult), but if I have to beat them on GC to not have to start over, I just wanna know that now and not afterwards.

TJ SpykeMay 22, 2009

Considering the original Metroid Prime is about $5 in most stores, the trade-in value would be like $1 max. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes isn't much higher. The only one with any real trad-in value is Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

BlackNMild2k1May 22, 2009

either way, I still wanna know if I should hurry and beat it now, or just say F*** IT and start over with NPC

After I saw what they wanted to give me for 8 GC games the other day @ GS I'm not surprised at the trade-in values.

Ian SaneMay 22, 2009

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Considering the original Metroid Prime is about $5 in most stores, the trade-in value would be like $1 max.

Yeah I find it kinda funny that everyone talks about what a great deal this trilogy is, yet the individual games are priced at clearance bin prices.  I can find both Cube games for like 8 bucks (Canadian) each with minimal effort.

Maybe Nintendo realizes that and that's why they bundled these together.  Pikmin 2 on the other hand is much harder to find used and commands a higher price so Nintendo may have felt they could easily get away with releasing that series as seperate products.

DjunknownMay 23, 2009

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There will also be an unlockable system where players will be able to unlock music and artwork by completing specific in-game objectives across all three games.

I'm primary interested in this. Will this be new stuff, or just a way to unlock the old artwork and music? Guess we'll find out more at e3.

This reminds me, I've got some friend credits from Corruption I've been sitting on for the longest time, if memory serves. If anyone wants to trade some before rushing off to GS, Ebay, Amazon, your friend etc, PM me.

GoldenPhoenixMay 23, 2009

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I'd say reading the Metroid Prime 3 save should be an expected feature and if Retro doesn't offer it you have a right to complain.  It's the same game on the same system.  You should be able to import your save.  But with the other two?  With the changes they had to make importing your save might not be so easy.  I would consider it unrealistic to expect that feature.

Yeah but MP3 doesn't even belong in the compilation. ::head explodes::

TJ SpykeMay 23, 2009

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This reminds me, I've got some friend credits from Corruption I've been sitting on for the longest time, if memory serves. If anyone wants to trade some before rushing off to GS, Ebay, Amazon, your friend etc, PM me.

I have a ton of friend credits and need some myself. PM me your info if you want (I will reply tomorrow since I am about to log off for tonight).

MaxiMay 23, 2009

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This reminds me, I've got some friend credits from Corruption I've been sitting on for the longest time, if memory serves. If anyone wants to trade some before rushing off to GS, Ebay, Amazon, your friend etc, PM me.

I have a ton of friend credits and need some myself. PM me your info if you want (I will reply tomorrow since I am about to log off for tonight).

Have you sent some to Khushrenada?

MonteblancoMay 23, 2009

I already traded my Metroid Prime in anticipation to the New Play edition. Now, I am going to trade my Metroid Prime 3 too. It is an excellent deal!

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Epic win, Nintendo. I have been saying this since the Wiimakes were announced, glad to see that they are listening to their fans.

Now don't get crazy, Nick.  Don't confuse the one time that Nintendo actually does something that makes sense with them listening to their fans.  It'll take a lot more than this to make me think they actually listen to what we want.

This is insta-buy territory for me.  Hopefully Amazon will have a $39.99 deal on it like they did with Punch-Out!!, since I have all three games already and don't want to pay full price for the trilogy.  However, I'm going to keep all three original games - the collector in me wouldn't have it any other way.

I got nearly $20 for trading in the three separate games, so the compilation will effectively cost me the same as one Wiimake would have.

Mop it upMay 24, 2009

Quote from: Maxi

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This reminds me, I've got some friend credits from Corruption I've been sitting on for the longest time, if memory serves. If anyone wants to trade some before rushing off to GS, Ebay, Amazon, your friend etc, PM me.

I have a ton of friend credits and need some myself. PM me your info if you want (I will reply tomorrow since I am about to log off for tonight).

Have you sent some to Khushrenada?

There is a topic about MP3 friend vouchers here:

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/forums/index.php?topic=27953.0

I still have 9 left if anyone wants to trade (make the request in the linked topic).

GoldenPhoenixMay 24, 2009

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Epic win, Nintendo. I have been saying this since the Wiimakes were announced, glad to see that they are listening to their fans.

Now don't get crazy, Nick.  Don't confuse the one time that Nintendo actually does something that makes sense with them listening to their fans.  It'll take a lot more than this to make me think they actually listen to what we want.

This is insta-buy territory for me.  Hopefully Amazon will have a $39.99 deal on it like they did with Punch-Out!!, since I have all three games already and don't want to pay full price for the trilogy.  However, I'm going to keep all three original games - the collector in me wouldn't have it any other way.

I agree, I'm keeping the originals as well!

RizeDavid Trammell, Staff AlumnusMay 24, 2009

I don't guess MP3 is worth keeping, but I'm definitely keeping the GameCube games.

RizeDavid Trammell, Staff AlumnusMay 27, 2009

So, I played MP3 on my 50" Plasma for the first time.  I was shocked by how great it looks.  I mean, RE4 looks like dirt, Mario Sunshine wasn't too hot and Zelda was pretty terrible looking.  Retro are just geniuses I guess.

I also found the motion control a lot more awesome on the giant screen.  The one negative however, upon close examination, there are two tiny black bars on the left and right side of the image.  wtf... burn-in city, thanks Retro.  They're at least half an inch each.

Anyway, Retro's artist never cease to amaze me.  I remembered wondering if Prime 1 and 2 would still look impressed after playing Doom 3.  Hell, they still look impressive today.

EntroperMay 31, 2009

I was reading TYP's comments on the Japanese Wii-make of MP1: http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/forums/index.php?topic=27441.0

It sounds to me as if it gives you two difficulty options when you first begin, Normal and Veteran.  In the original MP1, you couldn't choose, it was just "normal", and then you unlocked Hard after beating the game.  In MP3, you start with Normal and Veteran available, and can unlock Hyper difficulty.  I'm wondering if Wii-made MP1 Veteran corresponds to original MP1 "normal", and if you can unlock something that corresponds to original MP1 Hard.  MP3's Normal was ridiculously easy, which would be great news to my girlfriend.  She enjoyed Zero Mission on Easy difficulty and seems interested in the Primes, but, well, they're pretty tough.

EDIT: Screenshot at Nintendo's official site: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/7y8SXfbq4nlR_ZO15BY3yHdKL7erLAnk#images

I think (hope?) this confirms my suspicions, since the three circles on the left of each save file are the same as the ones in MP3.

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