Nintendo Europe has made the shock decision to remover 50/60 Hz switching from its upcoming release of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, with the game seeing only 60 Hz mode available.
This will mean that older TV sets in the UK will struggle to support the game, locking out certain elements of the games-buying community, a strange decision for Nintendo to have made, given that providing a switchable option is now taken as a given.
Nintendo made the following statemen to SPOnG this morning:
?Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, launching on November 26th 2004 will be compatible with all PAL TVs that support 60Hz. We want players to enjoy Metroid Prime 2: Echoes in the highest quality possible and PAL 60Hz allows this, giving full screen usage, an intensely sharp picture and the game running at optimal speed. The majority of televisions in Europe support 60Hz, however there is a small percentage that can only support programs at 50Hz. There will be a clear message on the exterior packaging of the game communicating this, as well as an explanation inside the instruction manual.?
Nintendo also stated that if anyone buys the game and doesn?t have the TV power to run it, a full refund will be offered.