|Mr Khan said:
Bumping this because i didn't want to make a new topic for this observation, but did anyone else think that 8-K was way way easier than 1-K?
That's just the impression you got, because by the time you reach 8-K you've practiced your skills to the point that everything seems to be much easier than during the first few hours of playtime. Play both levels in mirror mode and you'll see that 8-K is the harder level out of these two.
Regarding my question to Resident_Hazard, I've found the answer coincidently in a thread from 2008. He really is claiming that Metroid Prime 3 is dumbed down based solely on the normal difficulty setting which is an easy mode that wasn't present in the first two games. Normal in Metroid Prime and Echoes is the equivalent to veteran in Corruption, but he barely touched that (didn't even play up to Mogenar).
Claiming that a game is easy based on easy mode... well, that's not conclusive proof.