Version Differences: Version Number
- Look on the data (silver) side of your Metroid Prime game disc to find your copy of the game's Version Number (as shown above). You may need to hold the disc up to a bright light (such as the sun) for the number to become legible.
- DOL-GM8E-0-00 USA/JPN: This is the original version of the game, known on this site as the original NA (North American) 0-00 version. For historical reasons, this version is still sometimes called the NTSC version, even though there are now believed to be at least four distinct NTSC versions of the game. The 'USA' or 'JPN' at the end of the version number indicates where your disc was manufactured, not where it was intended to be sold. You can ignore it; only the GM8E 0-00 part of the version number is important (the 'E' probably stands for English). This version is widely believed to be the superior choice for Sequence Breaking and Speed Running, because there are no known tricks that do not work in this version. Because this version uses the original (faster) loader, it will sometimes crash in the Chozo Ruins.
- DOL-GM8E-0-01 USA/JPN: The North American 0-01 version was released before the North American Player's Choice version, but after the original release. This release is essentially the same as the North American 0-00 version. The only confirmed difference in this version is that the Arboretum Runic Gate has an invisible wall over the top of it. Because this version uses the original (faster) loader, it will sometimes crash in the Chozo Ruins.
- DOL-GM8J-0-00 JPN: This is the original (and only known) Japanese version of the game. Minimal changes were made from the original GM8E-0-00 North American release. The 'J' probably stands for Japanese, while the 'JPN' at the end of the version number indicates that this copy was manufactured in Japan. Because this version uses the original (faster) loader, it will sometimes crash in the Chozo Ruins.
- DOL-GM8P-0-00 JPN: This is the original (and only known) PAL release of the game. 'PAL' refers to the region in which PAL TV equipment is used. This region is usually said to include Europe, Australia and parts of South America. This version is referred to on this site as the 'European', 'Australian' or 'PAL' version of the game. Although a PAL Player's Choice version was released, no version differences were found (compared to the original PAL release) and the version number is the same. PAL changes to the game were widespread included the additions of a 50 Hz video mode (for compatibility with older PAL equipment) and a male narrator's voice during the game's intro and ending. The 'P' in the version number is probably short for 'PAL'. Because this version uses the new (slower) loader, it will never crash under normal circumstances.
- DOL-GM8E-0-02 USA/JPN: This is the North American Player's Choice version of the game. Some of the changes made to the PAL version were also made to this version, but many of the most radical ones (such as the male narrator heard during the intro) were not carried over. In addition, several new changes (not seen in any of the other versions) were made to this version, most of which drastically reduce the ability of the player to play the game in any way other than what was intended. Because this version uses the new (slower) loader, it will never crash under normal circumstances. This version also came with the American Metroid Prime Bonus Bundle, which included a silver GameCube and the Metroid Prime 2 demo disc.