Metroid Prime was a massive game during the GameCube era, generating a huge following and a sequel on the same system. Despite this, one glitch in the first entry which has seemingly gone unnoticed over the years has now reportedly been discovered by a Reddit user known as angelar_ who suffers from insomnia.
You see, one night when this individual was struggling to fall asleep, they decided to boot up Metroid Prime on GameCube for a bedtime play session. The starting area proved to be "very hypnotic" and they eventually nodded off while the game was still running. They did this a number of times and began to notice how Samus' gunship would "drift" – to the point it would breach the walls of the starting platform. After running some more tests, it was then confirmed the gunship had moved quite "a lot" in realtime over many hours.
So, what's going on? A user in the same thread known as antidotecrk explained what is happening:
This actually has a very good explanation: Every rig has two roots, the world root simply named root and the actual root for the character called Skeleton_Root this allows the animation designers to animate freely while still allowing an actor to remain stationary, this is useful for cutscene cinematics, however if root were to drift, even slightly, that would cause the runtime to update the actor's position in relation to the world root bone, as it happens the gunship's idle animation has a root that very slightly move forward each time it loops, this coupled with time gives the resulting image.
Another user even noted how The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess had a similar glitch, and others elsewhere have said they've seen things like this in different games before.
The lovely folk over at GameXplain ran some tests on their own GameCube and found the gunship in Metroid Prime was indeed drifting. While it's still up for debate if this glitch is actually a new discovery or not, it's now at least been confirmed.
Will you be booting up your copy of Metroid Prime to see this for yourself? Let us know in the comments.
[source youtu.be, via reddit.com]
Woah that’s pretty cool. I also learned that Autechre are credited in the Special Thanks section of MP’s credits, so it’s cool to see interesting wee things about an incredible game.
I'm not too surprised by this, but it's cool to see it documented. I think something like this may occur in Hunters as well.
I love this game so much.
Metroid must be using the Joy-cons.
Say that title five times fast.
Heck, say it once.
Wait a minute ... Twilight Princess has a gunship? What the hey?
That'd be awesome.
Holy cow! This my friends, will change video games forever! No more moving starships on our own. Nay I say. We shall drift from now on. We shall drift and be amazed at how slow we move. We will get to our destination one day or year but we will be happily drifting.
Did anybody else read the headline and think they meant the company Insomniac? 😂
Edit: Okay so apparently I was far from the only one, haha.
@Giygas_95 I sure did.
@Giygas_95 Same here.
@Giygas_95 That's why I clicked 😂
@Giygas_95 Came to the comments just to ask the same question.
@Giygas_95 hah yep, that’s why I clicked just to make sure!
Anyway side note - can we have a MP Trilogy on Switch now please Nintendo?
This is what happens when Samus parks her ship and forgets to put the handbrake on.
@Giygas_95 haha yes!
@datamonkey having only played the first game, and having the Trilogy on Wii, I would much rather support a HD Trilogy on Switch than go back and play it in fuzzy 480p.
Some Metroid news about nothing > Any other news on a slow Sunday
Switch release please!
@echoplex yeah, it's funny... people used to complain that we didn't post any content on weekends, and now they complain when we post at the weekends, expecting big news stories.
@antdickens I was actually being serious. As a Metroid fan
@echoplex oh haha, then we’ll make sure to find more random Metroid news about nothing
Why is Insomniac playing Metroid? They need to work on the next Ratchet and Clank game
yes i know they didnt mean the company
@Giygas_95 I did at first glance but then I realised how ridiculous that would be, since they're an entity that produces their own games, they wouldn't all sit around playing Metroid.
@Jayofmaya It'd still be hilarious if they did all just sit around playing Metroid during breaks between making their next game. 😂
@Giygas_95 Well, it ain't no party break 'till Samus joins. I would imagine the next inSomniac game to come out would ve very 3rd person shooter and alien inspired xD
(At least this story is actually related to Nintendo.)
As I remember it, Samus Space ship is controlled by a futuristic left joy-con
This is very hypnotic indeed.
When I first read this headline, I thought it was talking about Insomniac Games, not an insomniac.
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