You’ll get coaxed into turning bounty hunter Samus Aran into a compact, slippy metal Morph Ball shortly after you start the new Metroid Prime Remastered, quickly forcing you to dodge churning, red lava pits and obnoxiously buzzing bombers by rolling around them.
This basic bowling ball movement becomes complex as you fight through the ruined planet Tallon IV, elaborated on by extensive upgrades, hidden pathways, and new movements to master.
It may take a moment to get the hang of everything. You may become enraged by everything spherical, including your favorite Cocoa Puffs. But don’t worry.
We’ve put together a guide that will teach you everything you need to know about mastering Prime’s Morph Ball and Boost Ball upgrades—go ahead and read it. You’ll feel better after that.
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What are all the Morph Ball upgrades (and where can I find them)?
Though you get a taste of armadillo life in Remastered’s tutorial section, the Morph Ball, like most of Samus’ beneficial Power Suit modifications, is promptly blasted away in an explosion. But don’t feel too bad about it. You’ll be reunited with the Morph Ball soon, and you’ll be able to improve on it as well.
Here’s the entire list of available upgrades and where you can find them:
- Morph Ball (the standard Ball form, located in the Chozo Ruins, Ruined Shrine)
- Morph Ball Bombs (Chozo Ruins, Burn Dome)
- Boost Ball (Phendrana Drifts, Phendrana Canyon)
- Spider Ball (Phendrana Drifts, Quarantine Cave)
- Power Bomb (Phazon Mines, Central Dynamo)
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How do I get the Boost Ball in Metroid Prime Remastered?
After kicking the game’s fourth boss, mutant mantis Flaahgra, in the buttocks in the Chozo Ruins, you receive the Morph Ball first significant upgrade. Following this encounter, you will obtain the Varia Suit, allowing you to traverse the boiling Magmoor Caverns, leading you to the chilly Phendrana Drifts.
Look to your right from the Phendrana Shorelines for a door halfway sunken into the ground. Scan it, then use one of your missiles to open it and scan the station inside. This unlocks the entry above it; exit the station and hop up the snow-dusted cliffs to get there.
Continue through the following rooms until you reach the Plaza Walkway, which leads to a vantage point along the Phendrana Shorelines. Head left through the door, then right through the door to the next room, and finally through the hallway. You’ll have arrived at Phendrana Canyon.
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Jump down until you reach a scannable post on your right. Scan it, then cross the platforms that it activated. When you get to the end of them, you’ll find the Boost Ball.
What’s the best way to go up a half-pipe with the Boost Ball?
The Boost Ball upgrade grants Samus short bursts of speed, which you can use to scale steep half-pipes like you’re playing Tony Hawk’s Underground.
It takes some getting used to the motion, especially when gaining enough momentum to reach the tall ledges at the top of half-pipes.
My best advice is to practice moving your left stick back and forth across a half-pipe, charging your boost before taking the curve up one of the sides, and releasing B near the middle.
Do this several times without expecting to make the jump. Avoid overthinking it. You’ll notice yourself developing a routine for it. Naturally, your rhythm will assist you in gaining speed and making the jump.
Where do I go after I get the Boost Ball?
Up the half-pipe, naturally. Trial by fire! Or, actually, by a tunnel of ice. After you grab the Boost Ball, drop into the Canyon onto the curving blue ice.
Your goal is to fly up the sides to make it onto the ledge on your right. Try the tips above. Some people also swear by boosting and releasing in a faster burst right at the bottom of a curve.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you beat Meta Ridley in Metroid Prime?
Meta Ridley begins his routine by firing at you from the air. Lock on to him, charge up your Power Beam, and prepare to fire a Super Missile when he exposes his chest. This process should be relatively easy, as he positions himself directly over the edge of the Artifact Temple.
Will Metroid Prime remastered be restocked?
Nintendo confirms that it will be restocking Metroid Prime Remastered physical copies due to high demand at retailers. Metroid Prime Remastered appears to be a strong seller at retail and digitally via the Nintendo eShop.
How do you get the power bomb in Metroid Prime?
This is likely the hardest level in Metroid Prime Remastered, and players must progress to the Central Dynamo, dispatch a cloaked drone, and traverse a Morph Ball maze to claim the Power Bomb.