Originally Posted by Caswell
MP3 seems to have been built from the ground up using the Wii controls, with a lot of interaction with the environment via the nunchuck.
You actually have that backwards! I read on IGN that when Retro was presented with the wiimote controller that they stated they wouldn't be able to produce a Metroid game with it, and then someone at Retro came up with the idea of a nunchuck attachment to solve that problem.
In other words, the Wii was built from the ground up for MP3! OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but to some degree it's actually true.
One of the things that impresses me with the Metroid Prime games is the way they mask load times by loading an area when a door is opened. You'll always see a small area connecting a large area so that the system has enough resources to handle two areas at the same time. This lets you fire at enemies through open doors into the neighboring area. You can never have three areas exposed at one time. On 2002's Metroid Prime you aren't usually aware of load times and the graphics are incredible. Compare that to the P.O.S. known as Red Steel!
Then I play a PS3 demo system and have to sit through a 45 second load screen on everything, and third party Nintendo games still tend to have excessive load times. I'm glad that Nintendo is anal about load times on their own titles.
I'm glad to hear someone else say they liked the GCN controller. It's easily my favorite from the last generation. The Dual Shock 2 is so SNES, and I actually skipped buying an XBox at launch after using "The Duke".
I liked the GCN controller as well, and it was a huge improve over the unusable N64 controller. That thing was big in all the wrong places and tight in places where you needed space. A third party controller was a necessity for that system. I don't like the PSX & PS2 controllers and wonder why they still continue to give the d-pad better real estate than the analog stick. I really liked the original Xbox controller. I'm tired of controllers always being designed for the hand of an 8 year old.