I was SO SURPRISED to see Meta Ridley! It's so good to see him again! The fact that he's still a cyborg speaks volumes to Sakamoto's and/or MercurySteam's respect for Prime continuity because was part machine when he "died" in Prime 3 (speaking of which, I think it would have been better for him to just fly off and not come back rather than literally explode into Phazon particles) and I'm wondering, if Super Metroid is remade, will Ridley also be Meta there?
I’m glad that it seems like the Prime games are being recognised by the 2D titles now, especially since I think Sakamoto didn’t really regard them much beforehand- but there’s no way most fans are splitting them off from the canon. If Super Metroid were remade I feel like they might keep to canon and have him all purple, no metal, because parts of the Samus Returns ending implied he’d kicked all or most of his metal parts off. But I’m not sure, maybe they’d decide the steel is too cool to lose (or have him naked in the intro at Ceres and decked out in cyborg parts by the time Samus gets to lower Norfair?)